Avon Grove closes in on state berth

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - Staff re­ports

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.

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