Garnet Valley, Strath Haven remain unbeaten

A lot more than the Central League regular-season title will be at stake when Strath Haven visits Garnet Valley in a Central League volleyball finale Thursday afternoon.

The No. 1 seed in the upcoming District One Class AAA Tournament could be on the line, too.

The Panthers (17-2 overall, 10-0 league) and Jaguars (14-2, 10-0) remained undefeated with 3-0 victories over Harriton (25-10, 25-7, 25-20) and Upper Darby (25-8, 25-10, 25-18) Wednesday.

A win by Garnet Valley would give the Jaguars the regular-season crown, a bye to the league championship match next Wednesday and, in all likelihood, the top seed in the district tournament bases on the power ratings used to fill out the bracket. Garnet Valley is No. 2 in the latest power rankings while the Panthers are fifth.

Elise Cummings collected 28 assists to pace the Jags. All-Delco Jenna Hostetler recorded 17 digs, while Brianna Plush (seven kills), Kiley Price (six kills) and Maria Nicolaides (six kills, one block) were strong at the net for GV.

Setter April Hinkle had 13 assists in her first game back from injury for the Royals.

Strath Haven 3, Harriton 0;  Brynn Anderson (11 kills) and Sophia D’Angelo (eight kills) led the way at the net for the Panthers. Taylor Davey doled out 23 assists and Hollis Campbell recorded 14 digs.

Marple Newtown 3, Radnor 0:  Rachel Dennin’s 20 assists showed the way for the Tigers. Sarah Roberts smashed 12 kills and Gabrielle Paoletti finished with four aces.

Conestoga 3, Penncrest 2: The Lions couldn’t hold on to a 2-0 lead despite yeomen’s work by Bridgette Devlin, who made 42 digs.

Diana Balta had 22 kills, Michael Anne Henne paired five blocks with four kills and Nikki and Gianna Gargiule shared the setting duties with 22 assists apeice.

In the Catholic Academies League:

Sacred Heart 3, Villa Joseph Marie 1:  KelliLynn Murray closed out the match with five straight aces to give the Lions (12-8) their first win in the league, 25-12, 25-20, 17-25, 25-10.

Kerry Corcoran hit 85 percent. Ally Schell had 37 digs and Jessia McTaggart and Lauren Kilroy combined for 35 assists.

In the Del Val League:

Chichester 3, Chester 0: Melissa Ferrara had 15 consecutive service points, 10 assists, three aces and one kill as the Eagles held off the Clippers, 25-16, 25-15, 24-8, to keep its championship hopes alive.

Chi takes on Academy Park next Tuesday. If AP wins, there is a three-way tie for first. If Chi wins, the Eagles would have the inside line on the title.

Becca Civera collected seven kills, two aces and two blocks. Maddie Thornton added six kills and one ace. Sam Falcone chipped in with two aces, two blocks and one kills, while Courtney Profitt contributed two kills and two assists.

Academy Park 3, Interboro 0 :  Trea-Sure Ketter’s 13 kills and four aces paved the way for a 25-16, 25-20, 25-10 win by the Knights (7-9, 7-3). Jalyn Martin added five kills and four aces, while Dominique Irons added four blocks and four kills.

In nonleague action:

Bonner-Prendergast 3, Penn Wood 0: Mary Kate Moeller’s six ills and five aces powered the Pandas (6-6, 4-4 Catholic League) to a 25-7, 25-9, 25-10 win. Veronica Kirchner added five kills and three blocks. Jackie McCarrick had 11 digs and seven aces, while Amber Ballinger pitched in with four aces and five kills.

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