Perk Val­ley drops Spring-Ford in straight sets on Dig Pink Night

The Phoenix - - SPORTS - By Thomas Nash tnash@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Thomas_Nash10 on Twit­ter

The crowd at Perkiomen Val­ley High School got what it came for on Mon­day night.

And no, not be­cause of the give-away pink vol­ley­balls that were thrown into the stands dur­ing pregame in­tro­duc­tions.

Perk Val­ley and SpringFord put to­gether a high­in­ten­sity match in front of an en­er­gized crowd dur­ing the host Vik­ings’ Dig Pink Night. In the end, the Vik­ings pulled out a 3-0 straight-set win.

“This is what vol­ley­ball is all about,” said Perkiomen Val­ley head coach Drew Scheeler. “This one was a lot of fun. The last cou­ple of years, we’ve been back and forth, back and forth with Spring-Ford. So it’s fun for ev­ery­one — the kids on both sides, the stu­dent sec­tion and the fans.”

Set scores were 25-22 and 25-21 be­fore the Vik­ings closed out the Pioneer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence (Lib­erty Divi­sion) match with a con­vinc­ing 25-15 win in the third set.

With the win, Perk Val­ley im­proves to 4-2 in the Lib­erty Divi­sion (8-3 over­all) while Spring-Ford (6-5 over­all) drops to 2-4 in the divi­sion.

Out­side-hit­ter Lia Tor­rillo and mid­dle-blocker Sarah Straub were a force Perkiomen Val­ley’s Sarah Straub (28) cel­e­brates with team­mates af­ter pick­ing up a kill dur­ing the sec­ond set of Mon­day’s match against Spring-Ford.

above the net through­out the night. Tor­rillo fin­ished with nine kills and three blocks while Straub ended up with eight kills, three of which came dur­ing the cru­cial fi­nal stretch of the open­ing set.

“It’s nice to have girls that are tall. You can’t teach height, as they say,” said Scheeler of the two se­niors with a laugh. “They con­trolled it tonight. Sarah came back and started balls down the mid­dle. She’s hard to de­fend, she’s our weapon

in there.”

Se­nior set­ter Grace Her­bein fin­ished out with nine as­sists and a pair of blocks in the win while class­mate Liz Caruso posted nine digs on the night.

Spring-Ford only led for a few small stretches on the night. The Rams jumped out to a 3-0 ad­van­tage in the early go­ing of the fi­nal set, but once Perk Val­ley set­tled in and got back into rhythm, it was game over.

“We strug­gled a lit­tle bit with serve-re­ceive tonight,” said head coach Josh McNulty. “Our set­ters were try­ing to force it a lit­tle bit. So we got caught in some tight sets at times. We’ve had a lot of trou­ble this year with mak­ing un­forced er­rors. So we’ve been try­ing to min­i­mize those.”

Ju­nior Rylee Clark had 10 kills and six digs while se­nior Olivia Olsen fin­ished with eight kills and 13 digs. Grace Kraft added 23 digs while Al­li­son Pl­it­nick posted 12 as­sists.

In what is still a very much up-for-grabs Lib­erty Divi­sion — only two games cur­rently sep­a­rate SpringFord from new­comer Boy­er­town at the top — Rams’ head coach Josh McNulty knows that the toughest stretch of the sched­ule is on the near hori­zon.

“We still have four PAC games to go over th­ese next two weeks,” he said. “We split with Methacton, lost both to them (Perk Val­ley), but we beat PJP this year. We lost the first one to Boy­er­town, but we’ve got them again. We still have Up­per Me­rion.

“It’s crazy how this will shake out. Any­thing can hap­pen at this point.”

THOMAS NASH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Perkiomen Val­ley’s Izzy Clauhs (11) splits a shot be­tween two Spring-Ford de­fend­ers dur­ing the third set of Mon­day’s match. Perk Val­ley won in straight sets.

THOMAS NASH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

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