Un­beaten Shana­han pow­ers into semis

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

The Bishop Shana­han vol­ley­ball team re­sponded to los­ing its first set of the sea­son by post­ing a fa­mil­iar score as they swept Arch­bishop Caroll, 3-0, in the PIAA Class AAAA Vol­ley­ball Quar­ter­fi­nals on Satur­day at Har­ri­ton High School.

The Eagles won the match of the un­beat­ens by scores of 27-25, 25-14, 26-24.

“It was a tight match, both teams were un­de­feated,” said Shana­han coach Greg Ash­man. “We knew they had a real big out­side hit­ter and our goal was to shut her down and limit the dam­age she did. And, we did that.”

The win sets up a tanal­iz­ing semi­fi­nal with de­fend­ing state cham­pion Park­land on Tues­day at a site and time to be de­ter­mined.

“It’s just an­other chal­lenge,” added Ash­man. “We beat the third-ranked team in the state in Car­roll, now we have to face No. 2. There’s no easy road.”

Cara Shultz had 20 kills, 16 digs and seven aces.

“Cara had some real key aces in the be­gin­ning of the set that helped us get a lead,” said Ash­man.

Re­nee Shultz added 12 kills, 28 as­sists and 13 digs and Ceadra Ash­man recorded 16 as­sists, two aces and eight digs.

“We had some up-and­down mo­ments, but our kids are very re­silient,” said Ash­man. He fin­ished his ju­nior cam­paign with 1,058 yards on the ground with 11 touch­downs.

The Golden Rams had suc­cess through the air as well, strik­ing first in the game as ju­nior QB An­drew Derr con­nected with sopho­more Jor­dan Banks from 31-yards out to grab a 7-0 lead in the first quar­ter. Derr would later find Banks once again, but from 35-yards out for his sec­ond touch­down grab of the day. Banks’ eighth touch­down this sea­son tied him for the team lead with team­mate Tyler Karpin­ski. The ju­nior quar­ter­back fin­ished the day 10-17 for 188 yards with a pair of touch­down passes

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