Car­roll cruises past Down­ing­town West

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Terry Toohey ttoohey @21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Ter­ryToohey on Twit­ter

CHEL­TENHAM >> Paige Monas­tero and Mor­gan Silks got into one of those grooves on the ser­vice line you just don’t see too of­ten, es­pe­cially in the first round of the PIAA Class 4A vol­ley­ball play­offs.

And Arch­bishop Car­roll is still un­de­feated be­cause of it.

With Monas­tero and Silks pil­ing up the points, the Dis­trict 12 cham­pion Pa­tri­ots cruised to a 3-0 vic­tory over Down­ing­town West in the fi­nal game of a play­off triple­header at Bishop McDe­vitt Thurs­day night.

Manas­tero was on the ser­vice line for five straight points in the open­ing set as the Pa­tri­ots (23-0) opened up a five-point cush­ion and breezed to a sur­pris­ing 25-5 vic­tory. Monas­tero rat­tled off six straight points to start the sec­ond set and lead Car­roll to a 25-18 tri­umph.

“Our coaches re­ally stress pass­ing and serv­ing in prac­tice,” Monas­tero said. “That’s one of our main things and it re­ally helps us a lot in the matches be­cause we get so used to each other.”

Car­roll did have a bit of an ad­van­tage in the first set. The Whip­pets were with­out their libero, Regina Schetroma, in the first set be­cause of a uni­form vi­o­la­tion.

“She changed her shirt and didn’t tell me,” Down­ing­town West coach David Par­rish said. “I got a yel­low card and could not get off the bench and she couldn’t play, and we just never got in sync.”

Schetroma came up with 14 digs in the fi­nal two sets. Aly Rear­don added six kills. So­phie Gelling chipped in with three kills and four blocks and Ken­zie Pin­cura had five kills, but this was Car­roll’s night.

“We played bet­ter in the sec­ond game, but they’re a very good team, very solid de­fen­sively,” Par­rish said. “We couldn’t quite get into our sys­tem enough to threaten them. And then that big run they had in the third set put things away.”

Han­nah Wright was putting most of those shots away. The Catholic League MVP fin­ished with 20 kills. Mary Kate Painter helped pace the de­fen­sive ef­fort with nine digs.

The ser­vice game, though, was the dif­fer­ence.

“At this stage of the game it’s all about serv­ing and pass­ing,” Car­roll coach Brian Mc­Cann said. “The first con­tact is so im­por­tant. Ev­ery­thing goes from there.”

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