Bald Ea­gle girls’ vol­ley­ball ad­vances to state semis

Centre Daily Times (Sunday) - - Sports - BY CDT STAFF

Bald Ea­gle’s girls’ vol­ley­ball fought off a tough Corry team Satur­day to ad­vance to the PIAA 2A state semi­fi­nals with a 25-17, 25-23, 25-23 win. The team will play again Tues­day night against de­fend­ing state cham­pion Freeport at a time and site to be de­ter­mined.

The Ea­gles were led of­fen­sively by Grace Hu­gar’s 14 kills. Kate­lyn Smitchko, Elita Brown, and Lacee Barn­hart added 5 kills a piece.

Madi­son Rockey led a well-rounded of­fense with 32 as­sists, while also add- ing a team high 7 aces.

De­fen­sively, Rockey led the way with 3 blocks and Lexi Skripek had a team high 17 digs, while Barn­hart had 16 digs.

STATE COL­LEGE FALLS

The State Col­lege girls’ vol­ley­ball lost to state pow­er­house North Al- legheny Satur­day. The Lady Lions won the first set, 25-23, but dropped the next three, 25-15, 25-19 and 25-14.

It was the Lady Lions’ first loss dur­ing a 20-1 sea­son, dur­ing which they won their eighth straight district ti­tle.

BOYS’ SOC­CER

State Col­lege boys’ soc­cer team fell to Rad­nor Satur­day, 2-1, in the PIAA state tour­na­ment quar­ter­fi­nals. It was the team’s first quar­ter­fi­nal ap­pear­ance since 2011.

State Col­lege scored first on a Ben Vollmer goal, as­sisted by Marc Rodgers, in the 20th minute of the first half.

But Rad­nor quickly re­sponded with a pair of goals in the 25th and 30th minute of the first half. Nei­ther team scored the rest of the way. State Col­lege fin­ished the sea­son 14-7-2.

“If we take to­day’s game in iso­la­tion, we can con­sider our­selves very un­lucky not to ad­vance,” coach Danny Or­ton said. “Rad­nor scored both goals from a dan­ger­ous long throw, but over­all we played good soc­cer.

“If we look at the en­tire sea­son, this group have added State Col­lege to the state tour­na­ment con­ver­sa­tion again. I’m so proud of them and I’ll miss see­ing the play­ers.

“We have some great lead­ers and they’ve set the stan­dard for push­ing fur­ther for fu­ture years,” Or­ton added. “It has been a tremen­dous sea­son and we’ve played good soc­cer play­ing against good com­pe­ti­tion. It’s been a high­light of my year work­ing with these guys.“

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