Avon Grove closes in on state berth
Avon Grove moved to one win of a PIAA berth after posting a 25-16, 25-18, 25-19 victory over Hatboro-Horsham in the consolations of the District 1 Class AAAA volleyball playoffs on Thursday.
Chloee Kleeespies led the way with 12 kills and 12 digs. Liz Hadly added five blocks and three aces, Julia Crabtree notched 10 kills and Kirsten Banter had 16 assists.
The fifth-seeded Red Devils (22-3) will face No. 3 Garnet Valley on Saturday in the fifth-place game. The winner books its spot into states. (12-6-1) edged third-seeded Cabrini Cavaliers (12-61), 1-0, in a Colonial States Athletic Conference semifinal Thursday night. In the first half, the possession was even although the Cavaliers did manage to outshoot the Macs by a 7-2 margin. Senior goalie Joe Lubonski stood tall throughout the first half with four saves to keep the Mighty Macs in the game. In the second half, the Mighty Macs and Cavs continued to go back and forth with neither team gaining any solid edge in the possession battle. The Cavs finally broke through in the 55th minute when senior Bobby Kane scored on a breakaway for his eighth goal of the season. The Mighty Macs continued to apply pressure for the remainder of the game but they struggled to put shots on net. One of Immaculata’s better chances came on a header from senior Jake Minnich on a deflection from Cabrini’s goalkeeper that was punched out by one of the Cavaliers defenders just before crossing the goal line. Cabrini senior goalie C.J. Serratore made two huge saves to keep his team in the game, and lead them to the shutout victory. Lubonski played hard and made 10 saves to ensure that his team was never out of the game setting them up for a few good chances at a possible comeback. coaches, the conference office announced Thursday afternoon in conjunction with the release of the all-conference women’s soccer teams. Kempf Townsley earns the award for the second time in her career (2009) and it marks the fourth time that WCU has garnered the award. Kempf Townsley has led the Golden Rams to an unblemished 18-0 record this season, a No. 3 ranking in the NCAA DII Coaches’ Poll and No. 1 seed in the PSAC Women’s Soccer Championship. Walsh is the fourth Golden Ram to earn the award and first since Sarah Oswald (2010). Walsh is a two-time all-conference member and has tallied eight goals on the season while dishing out a pair of assists. She has notched five match-winning goals and started 12 contests.