PiAA Girls’ Volleyball preview Capsules
CLASS A QUARTERFINAL
( 11- 1) Nativity ( 21- 1) vs. ( 3- 1) Lititz Christian ( 21- 3) When/ where: Today, 4: 30 p. m., Exeter Township High School
GPS address: 201 E. 37th St., Reading, PA 19606 Live updates: Follow Chuck Curley on Twitter @ ChuckCurley
What’s next: Winner will oppose either District 3 runner- up Covenant Christian or District 5 champion Berlin Brothersvalley in semifinals Tuesday, Nov. 13.
About the Green Wave
Head coach: Jennifer Daubert ( 8th season)
How they got here: Defeated District 1 champion Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr 25- 21, 27- 25, 19- 25, 25- 15 in first round.
Starting rotation: Allison Clarke ( jr., MH), Morgan Jacoby ( sr., MH), Kierstyn Strausser ( jr., RS), Luca Walborn ( sr., S), Samantha Heenan ( soph., OH), Livia Lieberman ( soph., L), Kaitlyn Zemantauski ( soph., OH)
Key facts: Daubert earned her 100th career victory earlier this season. ... Nativity is on a three- match winning streak since a 3- 0 loss to Panther Valley in the Schuylkill League semifinals. ... Heenan has 34 kills in her past three matches. ... Walborn has posted double- doubles in assists and digs in her past three matches. ... Nativity is ranked third and is the lone East team among the top seven in the latest Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class A state poll.
About the Eagles
Co- coaches: Ross McCracken ( 8th season) and Denise Kennedy ( 12th season)
How they got here: Defeated District 4 champion Canton 17- 25, 25- 15, 25- 19, 25- 17 in first round
Key players: Kierra Flahive ( jr., OH), Evie Cadwalader ( soph., MH), Kyiah Flahive ( fr., OH), Nicole Schlegel ( sr., OH), Moe Tsuyuki ( soph., S), Maggie Gelgot ( jr., DS- L), Nichole Stanley ( sr., MH)
Key facts: Lititz Christian captured its first- ever District 3 championship with a four- set win over defending district titlist Covenant Christian. ... The Eagles also won the Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference championship. ... Lititz Christian eliminated Schuylkill League Division III champion Halifax from the district tournament with a four- set victory.
CLASS AA QUARTERFINAL
( 11- 1) Panther Valley ( 21- 1) vs. ( 3- 1) Delone Catholic ( 22- 3) When/ where: Today, 1 p. m., Governor Mifflin Intermediate School, Shillington
GPS address: 600 Governor Drive, Reading, PA 19607 Live updates: Follow Chuck Curley on Twitter @ ChuckCurley
What’s next: Winner will face either District 1 champion New Hope- Solebury or District 2 champion Holy Redeemer on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
About the Panthers
Head coach: Nancy Filer ( 19th season)
How they got here: Defeated District 12 runner- up Science Leadership Academy 25- 13, 25- 8, 25- 14 in first round.
Starting rotation: Rachelle Filer ( sr., MH), Emilee Kwaak ( sr., OH), Sarah Zabroski ( sr., DS- S), Olivia Dacey ( jr., OH), Jenna Dubosky ( jr., OH), Alexis Cooper ( soph., DS), Erika Dubosky ( soph., MH)
Key facts: Since the Panthers fell to Pottsville in the semifinals of the Lady Tide Martz Madness tournament, they have won six consecutive matches, including a four- set win over Pottsville for the Schuylkill League championship. ... Panther Valley has yet to play a five- set match this season. ... Five Panthers were named this week to the District 11 Class AA all- star team. ... Jenna Dubosky has had double- digit assists in three of the Panthers’ past four matches. ... Panther Valley is sixth in the latest PVCA Class AA state poll.
About the Squirettes
Head coach: Jason Leppo ( 8th season)
How they got here: Defeated District 6 runner- up Central Cambria, 27- 25, 25- 22, 21- 25, 17- 25, 16- 14 in first round.
Key players: Maddie Clabaugh ( jr., OH), Molly Raville ( sr., S), Emily Miller ( sr., MH), Lauren Trummer ( sr., L), Brooke Lawyer ( jr., OH)
Key facts: Delone, which lost last year’s PIAA Class AA final in four sets to Freeport, won the 2013 PIAA title and finished second in 2001 and 2012. ... The Squirettes came within a match point of defeat against Central Cambria before a kill by Brooke Lawyer, Abby Smith’s ace and Clabaugh’s 18th kill of the match sent Central Cambria to just its fourth loss in 24 matches. ... Delone Catholic has won the last three District 3 Class AA championships. ... Delone is ranked fourth in Class AA in the latest PVCA state poll.
— Compiled by Chuck Curley
piAA Girls’ soccer preview Capsule
CLASS 3A QUARTERFINAL
( 11- 1) Blue Mountain ( 21- 2) vs. ( 7- 2) Mars ( 19- 1) When: Today, 1 p. m.
Where: Bald Eagle Area High School, Wingate
About the Eagles
How they got here: Defeated Little Flower 3- 0 in an opening- round state playoff game Tuesday night at Lehighton. It was Blue Mountain’s seventh consecutive shutout victory.
Head coach: In his 21st season, Mike Burcik has guided the Eagles to a 223- 192- 19 record.
Probable starting lineup: Olivia Benner ( sr., M), Lianne Derrick ( sr., K), Isabel Fortune ( sr., D), Kylie Kutz ( sr., D), Jacey Miller ( sr., M), Sydney Riegel ( sr., F), Emily Carestia ( sr., D), Abree Lewis ( jr., F), Norah Gohsler ( soph., M), Lindsay Kutz ( fr.), Lexi Phillips ( fr., M)
Scoring leaders: Riegel 29 goals, 16 assists; Lewis 16 goals, 8 assists; K. Kutz 14 goals, 3 assists
Of note: In goal, Derrick has registered 16 shutouts this season, allowing only 10 goals, including two in the past 16 games. ... Last year, they defeated Selinsgrove in their PIAA playoff opener before falling to Lower Dauphin in the quarterfinals. ... No Schuylkill League soccer team, boys or girls, has ever reached the state semifinals.
About the Fightin’ Planets
How they got here: Finished second to Oakland Catholic in District 7 Class 3A, then traveled across the state to defeat District 3 champion Manheim Central 2- 0 in the opening round of the state playoffs.
Of note: Planets were locked in a scoreless battle with Manheim Central for the first half. Second- half goals by Caroline Wroblewski and Taylor Hamlett provided the winning margin. Claire Valentine posted the shutout, having to defend only two Manheim shots on goal.
Directions: GPS address is 751 South Eagle Valley Road, Bellefonte, PA 16823. Field is actually located right off Route 220 south of Milesburg. Take Interstate 80 west to Exit 158 ( PA 150). Merge onto South Eagle Valley Road/ U. S. 220 toward Milesburg/ State College/ Altoona. High school is 2.7 miles ahead on left.
Up next: The winner moves on to the PIAA semifinal round for a Tuesday, Nov. 13, matchup with the winner of the quarterfinal contest between District 7 champion Oakland Catholic and District 7 third- place finisher Hampton.
— Compiled by Charlie Roth