Rise To The Chal­lenge

Bishop Shana­han tested by Down­ing­town West, pre­vails to re­turn to district fi­nal

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Neil Geoghe­gan ngeoghe­gan@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @NeilMGeoghe­gan on Twit­ter

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.”

PETE BANNAN - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

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.

PETE BANNAN - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

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.

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