PiAA Girls’ Vol­ley­ball pre­view Cap­sules

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( 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.


( 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


( 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

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