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Shanahan topples Garnet Valley in volleyball showdown

Replacement libero Grace Casagrade came up huge as Bishop Shanahan topped Garnet Valley, 3-0, in a battle of two of the top-ranked Class 4A volleyball teams in the state.

Casagrande registered 19 digs to lead the second-ranked Eagles to a 25-20, 25-20, 25-18 win over the No. 3 Jaguars. Carla Shultz recorded 13 kills and four aces. Shanahan also had 14 blocks.

Rachel Cain collected 17 assists, four digs and one ace for the Jaguars (11-1). Sam Mann had four kills and two blocks. Aly Hartney added three kills and three blocks, while Dolce Whitwell finished with three kills and four digs.

In other nonleague action:

Upper Darby 3, Chester Charter School for Arts 0 >> Senior Lexi Witmer had 13 digs and service runs of four (in the first and third sets) and eight points (in the second) to lead the Royals to a 25-12, 25-13, 25-11 win. Savannah Miller paced the attack with eight kills.

In the Ches-Mont League:

Sun Valley 3, Avon Grove 0 >> Olivia Nickerson pounded eight kills and Kristine Guenther seven in the 25-10, 25-14, 26-11 win for the Vanguards (12-3, 5-3). Gia DiEmidio (four aces, three blocks, five kills) and Hannah Vickers (15 assists, seven aces) came up big, too.

In the Catholic League:

Cardinal O’Hara 3, Hallahan 0 >> Sara McGarrity collected six digs and three aces as the Lions (13-1, 5-1) won 25-16, 25-5, 25-13. Isa Kirchner (four kills, two blocks) and Maeve Boylan (15 assists, six digs, two aces) also made major contributions.

In the Inter-Ac League:

Notre Dame 3, Agnes Irwin 0 >> Christine Covello and Emma Jardine combined for 26 assists, including 12 on kills from Lexi Shreiner. Maddie Donaphon controlled the defense in the 25-20, 25-16, 25-18 win with 15 digs.

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