Reisen Shine – Big night of volleyball

   November 1, 2013 6:00 am    0

 

Fort LeBoeuf and Corry fans fill the seats during a District 10 semifinal match. GREG WOHLFORD/Erie Times-News


What a night down at Meadville High School. The District 10 Class A and AA girls volleyball semifinals took place with some dream matchups set for Saturday. In the Class AA championship, state powers Fort LeBoeuf and Conneaut will play at 3 p.m. after an all-Crawford County Class A championship between Cambridge Springs and Cochranton at 1 p.m.

Fort LeBoeuf is ranked No. 2 in the state and Conneaut is No. 9 in the latest Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association. The Bison won the PIAA Class AA championship last fall, while several Conneaut players were members of the Linesville team that won the PIAA Class A championship. Conneaut had no problem sweeping Wilmington 25-8, 25-13, 25-16, while Fort LeBoeuf swept Corry 25-17, 25-21, 25-11. At one point on the floor, there were several power hitters dropping the hammer from the four Class AA teams. Tessa Sikora (Wilmington), Challen Litwiler (Conneaut), Brooklyn Goodsel (Corry) and Larissa Cass and Jolene Young (Fort LeBoeuf) were each putting on a show as the best of District 10 was on display. Fort LeBoeuf and Conneaut both move on to the PIAA playoffs next week and it wouldn’t be a shock if they met in the PIAA semifinals.

Cambridge Springs vs. West Middlesex. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Jeff Bobin


•The Class A semifinals got the evening started on the right foot as the gym was packed with fans. Cambridge Springs went on runs and rallies to hold off previously unbeaten West Middlesex 27-25, 25-19, 25-16. Paige Wolfrom asserted herself at the net with 17 kills, while Jennae Shinsky had 10 and Mackayla Kurt added eight. The Blue Devils have only three dual matches this season, including two to Cochranton in Region 2 play.

Cochranton dominated rival Maplewood 25-10, 25-14, 25-8 on the other court. The undefeated Cardinals blew through the first game before Maplewood tried to fight back in the second game. Morghan Egli and Kendell Dickson were impressive for the Cardinals along with Kassidy Dickson, Tristan Knauff and libero Samantha Kinter. Cochranton is ranked No. 6 in the state in Class A and looks like a heavy favorite going into Saturday’s D-10 championship match. Either way, there should be a big crowd with two teams close to Meadville.

Cathedral Prep's Bobby Dugan, left, defends McDowell's Eldin Sabic during the District 10 Class AAA championship. GREG WOHLFORD/Erie Times-News


•Down at Veterans Stadium, the McDowell boys fought off the weather and rival Cathedral Prep to win its second straight District 10 Class AAA boys soccer championship. The Trojans now have nine D-10 Class AAA titles since the playoffs started in 1980. Eldin Sabic scored the only goal of the match in the first half as both teams battled strong wins and rain. The Trojans move on to the PIAA playoffs beginning with the first round on Tuesday. Cathedral Prep was red-hot coming into the match but the weather can affect the Ramblers. Prep’s 1-0 loss to Central Tech a few weeks ago was also in a strong win.

•The McDowell girls soccer team had their impressive season come to an end at Clarion University. The Trojans, for the second straight year, fell to State College in a PIAA Class AAA subregional. Although State College won 4-1, McDowell was in the match until the final seven minutes. The Little Lions took a 1-0 lead into half and scored early in the second half. Erin Meeker, a defender, put McDowell on the scoreboard with about 12 minutes left, but State College scored twice in the final seven minutes to secure the win. McDowell finished 18-2-0 and had an 18-match winning streak heading into Thursday.

•The Bradford boys soccer team was also eliminated in the same round for the second straight year. Bedford beat Bradford 2-0 in a PIAA Class AA subregional on Thursday. Bedford eliminated Bradford in a subregional last year and ended Harbor Creek’s season in the PIAA quarterfinals. If the Huskies win Saturday and they get by the first round, there’s a strong chance they’ll play Bedford again.

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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