Delone Catholic is just win away from its first-ever PIAA girls' volleyball championship.
The Squirettes advanced to the state Class AA finals on Tuesday night with a 25-22, 25-14, 17-25, 19-25, 15-13 victory over District 1-AA champion Pope John Paul II at Garden Spot High School in Lancaster County.
The District 3-AA champions now advance to take on District 10-AA champion Fort LeBoeuf for the state title at 1 p.m. Saturday at Central York High School. Delone will have a significant travel advantage in that matchup. Delone is approximately 25 miles from Central York, while Fort LeBoeuf, located near Erie, must travel about 275 miles.
Fort LeBoeuf also won its semifinal match in five games on Tuesday over District 7-AA champion Mars, 19-25, 25-23, 12-25, 25-13, 15-3.
In the most recent Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class AA state poll, Pope John Paul II was ranked No. 1, followed by Fort LeBoeuf, Delone Catholic and Mars.
Delone has become quite proficient at winning five-game matches recently. In the York-Adams League Tournament, Delone won both the semifinal and final matches in five games. They repeated that feat in the District 3-AA championship match.
On Saturday, the Squirettes will attempt to become the first York-Adams League team to win a state girls' volleyball championship since Susquehannock took the AAA title in 1999.
Delone advanced to the AA state finals in 2001, but lost to Merion Mercy.