EMIGSVILLE — Teams that capture a district championship are often given a reward when entering first-round play in the PIAA state playoffs.
For the District 3 Class 2-A champion Delone Catholic girls’ volleyball team, that certainly was the case.
Not so much for Red Lion, the District 3 Class 4-A champion.
The Squirettes had little trouble with an outclassed Bishop McDevitt squad that came out of District 12 Tuesday night at Central York High School. Delone cruised to an easy 25-6, 25-7, 25-8 triumph.
The Lions, however, had their hands full with Garnet Valley out of perennially tough District 1. The Jaguars, who were upset in districts before claiming the No. 5 seed, put on a defensive display that seemed to frustrate coach Heather Schoemaker’s club.
Despite priding themselves on being a five-game team, the Lions were never able to find a way to get things going. As a result, they bowed out of the playoffs after a disappointing 25-21, 25-19, 25-14 setback.
“I give Garnet Valley a heck of a lot of credit,” Schoemaker said. “Their defense and their serving … they went all out. I think at moments we went flat and at moments we had energy. And I don’t have an answer (for that) honestly.”
The Jaguars were strong both at the service line as well as with their defense. The District 1 team finished with 10 aces, while coming up with 50 digs.
“That’s been our bread and butter all year,” said Garnet Valley coach Mark Clark. “If we can control the ball, we can control games.”
They definitely did just that. Whenever they had a chance to put a ball away, they seemed to do that. Nicole Loan led the victors with 11 kills, while teammate Erin Patterson chipped in nine more.
As much credit as Schoemaker gave to the Jaguars for playing an outstanding game, she was certainly disappointed that her team didn’t play up to its potential.
“We weren’t getting the ball to target,” she said. “And when you can’t do that you can’t really get anything going in system. And, unfortunately, we just didn’t have it today.”
While the sudden exit was a bit of a shock for Schoemaker and her girls, the Red Lion coach couldn't be more proud of what her team accomplished this season.
“Every single one of our players that played their role this season stepped in and did their jobs,” Schoemaker said. “So I can’t lower my head. Am I disappointed, yes, absolutely. It stinks to lose, but in the end, I’m very proud of these girls. Their resiliency to adversity … we had eight matches that went five games and we were 8-0."
Lindsey Blevins led the Lions with seven kills while Lauren Enfield finished with six kills and a team-best 12 digs.
Delone makes quick work of Lancers: Coach Jason Leppo is used to having long state championship runs over his time at Delone. But with the move from three to four classes, the Squirettes are in a bit of uncharted territory.
That, of course, mattered little against a McDevitt squad that lacked the pedigree of Delone. The District 3 2-A champs surrendered just 21 points.
“No experience is a bad experience for us,” Leppo said. “And tonight was another example of that for us. It allowed a lot of our (younger) kids to get some valuable court time in a state playoff game that they’ll remember, and it’s something that they’ll be able to use as they get older.”
Eight different players recorded at least two kills for Delone, while setter Taylor Paulin dished out 18 assists. The Squirettes served out 21 aces, led by Maddie Clabaugh’s five.
Delone, the No. 1 ranked team in 2-A, will take on District 5 champion North Star, which downed District 6 runner-up Bishop McCort 3-0 on Tuesday, in the quarterfinals Saturday. The time and location of that match haven't been determined.
OTHER PIAA GIRLS'
West York 3, Gwynedd Mercy 2: At Fort Washington in a first-round PIAA Class 3-A contest, the York-Adams Division II champion Bulldogs outlasted the District 1 champion, 25-23, 27-29, 25-16, 15-25, 15-13, at Upper Dublin High School. Marissa Krinock paced the Bulldogs (23-4) with 24 kills, while Abbey James collected in 41 assists. Trilby Kite contributed defensively with 16 digs. Tailyn Kite had four aces. The Bulldogs, the fourth-place team from District 3, now move on to Saturday's quarterfinals against District 3 runner-up Palmyra, which earned a 3-0 first-round victory over District 2 champion Greater Nanticoke on Tuesday. Palmyra edged West York in the District 3 semifinals, 3-2. The site and time for the West York-Palmyra quarterfinal have not yet been set.
Cardinal O'Hara 3, York Suburban 0: At Wyncote, the Trojans were swept by the District 12 champion in Class 3-A first-round contest at Bishop McDevitt High School, falling 25-14, 27-25, 25-23. The Trojans entered as the third-place team from District 3. The loss ended Suburban's season at 15-7.
PIAA GIRLS' SOCCER
Warrior Run 4, York Catholic 0: At Hughesville High School, the Lady Irish saw their season end with a PIAA Class 1-A first-round loss to the District 4 champion. York Catholic, the District 3 Class 1-A runner-up, finished at 14-8.
Fairfield 6, Christian Academy 0: At Manchester, the District 3 champion Green Knights dominated the District 1 champion in a PIAA Class 1-A opener at Northeastern High School. Freshman Annabel Anderson had a hat trick for the York-Adams Division III champion. Callie Fennimore, Maya Callenbach and Nora Clarke also scored. Fairfield (22-1) will now move on to Saturday's quarterfinals and take on District 4 runner-up Benton, which won its first-round match 2-1 over District 2 champion Lakeland. The site and time for Saturday's match have not yet been set.
PIAA BOYS' SOCCER
Gettysburg 2, Archbishop Wood 0: At South Philadelphia, the Warriors blanked the District 12 champion in a PIAA Class 3-A first-round battle. Fernando Carrillo and Drew Wivell scored for District 3 runner-up Gettysburg. The Warriors (21-3) now move to Saturday's quarterfinals and will take on District 1 champion Radnor, which earned a 2-0 victory over District 3 fourth seed Fleetwood in their state opener on Tuesday. The site and time for the Gettysburg-Radnor contest have yet to be set.
Lansdale Catholic 3, Biglerville 2: At Germantown, the Canners came up just short in a PIAA Class 2-A opening-round contest against the District 12 champion. Biglerville, the District 3 Class 2-A runner-up, finished at 18-5.
PIAA FIELD HOCKEY
Merion Mercy 8, Gettysburg 0: At Avon Grove High School, the Warriors were simply no match for the District 1 champion in a PIAA Class 2-A opener. Gettysburg, the sixth-place team from District 3, concludes its season at 17-5-1.
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