Rise To The Challenge
Bishop Shanahan tested by Downingtown West, prevails to return to district final
It was one of those rare instances in athletics when the head coaches from both sides came away feeling pretty darn good.
Of course, Bishop Shanahan’s Greg Ashman was thrilled that his top-ranked volleyball squad advanced to its third straight District 1 Class AAAA final with a 3-0 triumph over visiting Downingtown West on Thursday evening. But David Parrish – who guided the Whippets to their first district semifinal ever – was a bit giddy with just how difficult his fourthseeded squad made it for the favored Eagles.
“That was probably the biggest test we’ve had this year,” Ashman admitted. “Previously, we haven’t had to play really well to win, but tonight Downingtown West made us play.
“They were phenomenal. They played a lot better than I anticipated.”
Bishop Shanahan’s Alexa Marcum (34), Renee Shultz (17) and Carla Shultz (33) celebrate their 3-0 victory over Downingtown West in the District 1-AAAA semifinals Thursday.
Bishop Shanahan’s Alyessa Wright (7), Julia Thomas (15) and Alexa Marcum (34) block a shot from Downingtown West’s Hailey Lewis (6) in the Eagles’ 3-0 victory in the District 1-AAAA semifinals.