The schedule fluctuations of 2020 can’t stop Sacred Heart’s run of District 1 championships.
For a fourth straight year, the Lions were crowned District 1 Class A champions Wednesday night, the top-seeded Lions beating Plumstead Christian, 3-0.
Sacred Heart awaits the District 3 champ, to be decided next week, for its states opener on Nov. 14. Only district champs make the playoffs this year.
Set scores were 25-11, 25-10 and 25-14.
Erin Corcoran led the attack with 12 kills. Bella O’Toole had 12 digs. Emily McKenna was near a double-double at seven kills and nine digs. And Elizabeth Cuskey was deadly at the service line with 10 aces to go with four kills and four aces.
“We played some really good defense,” coach Sam Moyerman said. “Emily came up with some big digs in the first set. They have a couple of really good hitters and we knew we couldn’t let them get going. They have one girl, Hannah Campbell, who had some big swings early and Erin was able to dig her out. Those digs set the tone for us defensively.”
For Corcoran, the senior, all she’s known is district titles, the first player in school history to win one every year.
“Erin came out to play,” Moyerman said. “She was firing with her swing today. She had some really big hits for us.”
In the Central League:
Strath Haven 3, Penncrest 2 >> Olivia Dumont and Ellie Fisher bashed 24 kills each as the Panthers overcame a two-set deficit to rally in five, 20-25, 15-25, 25-12, 28-26 and 15-7. Dumont added 21 assists, eight digs and three aces. Fisher supplied 14 digs.
Megan Prendergast led Haven’s defense with 27 digs. Emily Crowther paired 14 digs with three aces, and Gabby Zweier added 10 digs to her 28 assists.
Kate Hurley led Springfield’s attack with 13 kills plus four digs. Jordan Galloway (seven kills, four blocks) was a net presence, Kate Letcher dished 20 assists and Jill Condi came up with 15 digs.
Penncrest 3, Harriton 2 >> Liz Kurcon came up with 19 digs to go with six kills and five assists as the Lions outlasted the Rams, 26-24, 22-25, 25-18, 22-25 and 15-9.
Leah Hall dished 25 assists. Liv Carney put away 11 kills, plus two blocks and six digs, and Kelly McDonnell came up with 11 digs to go with three aces for Penncrest.
Garnet Valley 3, Radnor 0 >> Caitlyn Hagerty powered away 11 kills as the Jaguars swept by game scores of 25-11, 25-16 and 25-14. Maddie Wood handed out 26 assists to augment two aces and two kills. Dinah Stabinski (three aces) and Naomi Consiglio (two aces) provided strong back-row defense, and Marypearl Tienabeso added four kills and two blocks at the net to three aces at the line.
Samantha Worontzoff led Radnor with six blocks. Lucy Criscuolo added three kills and two aces.
Ridley 3, Upper Darby 0 >> Mackenzie Griffith’s eight kills and six digs led Ridley to a 25-10, 25-8, 25-6 sweep. Mia Campainile added seven kills, Jackie Borcky five. Emily Liberio handed out eight assists, and Abi Herrin provided six digs.
In the Catholic League:
Cardinal O’Hara 3, Lansdale Catholic 0 >> Bridget McGuinn and Siobhan Boylan had huge days to fend off a game challenge by LC, 25-21, 25-19 and 28-26.
McGuinn buried 18 kills to go with 12 digs and two aces. Boylan also tallied a double-double with 17 kills and 11 digs, plus two blocks. Emily Collins did the job defensively with 22 digs and two aces. Maggie Doogan supplied five blocks, and Jasmine Sullivan dished 20 assists to go with seven digs and three kills for the Lions (5-0).
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