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States roundup: Sacred Heart volleyball takes unprecedented program step

Sacred Heart's volleyball team poses with District 1 medals after beating Plumstead Christian, 3-0, in the Class A final Wednesday night. (Submitted Photo)

In the biggest moments Saturday, Sacred Heart proved its championship mettle yet again.

The Lions are on to the state semifinals for the first time in program history, gritting out a 3-2 win over District 3 champion Mt. Calvary away from home in the PIAA Class A quarterfinals.

Sacred Heart won the first two sets before having to hang on in the fifth, 25-21, 27-25, 21-25, 21-25 and 17-15.

Erin Corcoran starred as usual with 18 kills, 14 digs and four aces. Bella O’Toole supplied 24 digs. Annie Corcoran orchestrated the attack with 42 assists, and Emily McKenna also assembled a double-double of 10 kills and 12 digs.

Elizabeth Cuskey (seven aces, five kills) provided two kills, a block, a dig and two assists within seven points in the second set to put Sacred Heart up two sets. Emma Karn came up with eight big digs.

The Lions will try to advance to a state final Tuesday when they take on District 11 champ Marian Catholic at a site and time to be determined.

Girls Soccer

Archbishop Carroll fought gamely, keeping a clean sheet over the first 40 minutes. But the floodgates opened in the second half as Carroll lost a 4-0 decision to perennial powerhouse Cumberland Valley Saturday in the PIAA Class 4A playoffs.

Lexi LaCombe scored twice as the District 3 champion Eagles (15-1) advanced to the PIAA semifinals to take on North Allegheny. Jasmine Vega held the line as long as possible for Carroll, making 17 saves. The Patriots were outshot, 22-1.

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