SOL Girls' Volleyball Wrap (10-8-18)

Check out the recaps for SOL girls’ volleyball teams in action Monday. CR South/CB West photos provided courtesy of Diana Leferovich. Check back for a gallery of photos. CLICK HERE to go to the SOS photo galleries.

SOL National Conference

CENTRAL BUCKS SOUTH 3, COUNCIL ROCK NORTH 1 (26-24, 25-16, 13-25, 25-22
Kurt Godfrey doesn’t remember the last time his squad beat the Indians, but he knows it’s been several years. On Monday night, the Titans pulled off an upset of Rock North.
“I’m living on a cloud at this point,” Godfrey said. “We’re just trying to find our voice, find our tempo, find our offense and defense and bring it all together in one match, and I think we finally did that tonight
“Mike (Adams) always puts an incredible team together. He’s got six incredible athletes on the court at all times, and being able to battle it out with Rock North and pull it out, it’s great for us confidence-wise. We’re really, really excited for what the rest of the season holds.”
Monday’s match, according to Godfrey, was a battle from the outset.
“We went down in the first game, we went down in the second and battled back in both of those,” the Titans’ coach said. “We fell behind in the third and just never recovered. In the fourth, it was 12-12, then it was 20-20, then it was 21-21, and we ended up pulling out the fourth one 25-22.
“Mike always puts a great team together, but we found a way to come together as a team and ended up earning some points at the end of it. It’s a big one for us. We’re in the middle of a playoff push. We battled for every single point tonight.”
Sophomore outside Courtney Pohl had a huge night for the Titans, finishing with 17 kills, two blocks and two digs.
“I can’t speak highly enough of Courtney Pohl,” Godfrey said. “She was incredible for us. When we needed an out, she put one away for us. “
Junior setter Lizzie Shirley had 32 assists and 12 digs.
“She ran a 5-1 for us tonight as our setter,” Godfrey said. “She was great.
“Maddie Mauri and McKenna Clow – either one of them can step into libero and play it. Maddie played libero tonight and had 16 digs, but McKenna had 12 digs for us tonight as a DS. Both of them were all over the place tonight.
“We had an incredibly great defense – I don’t think we did anything spectacular. We just bettered the ball and hoped that when we put the ball over that it went in our favor.”
Junior Allie Burke had nine kills and eight blocks to go along with one dig. Freshman Millie Grove had eight kills.
“It was just an all-around really good night for us,” Godfrey said. “Friday we had Pennsbury. We kind of got blown out in the first set, but to lose two sets in a row 25-27, 25-27 was demoralizing in all honesty.
“I gave the girls the weekend, and I begged them to watch film on Rock North that we had from the previous meeting and just focus on what can we do to do our job better. I just challenged them to do better, and I am incredibly proud of all the girls that played tonight from Erin Fagan, who stepped in and set for us tonight when we gave Lizzie a break, to the girls who played back row. It was just a really good all-around win for us.”
For the Indians, Mary Baniewicz led the attack with 13 kills and three aces. Ashleigh Adams had nine kills and 14 digs, and Jill Schweizer added 11 digs and one ace. Setter Kylie Tinner had 31 assists, eight digs and two aces. Cora Lake contributed nine kills and two digs.
“Their libero picked up everything tonight,” Godfrey said of Schweizer. “She made diving plays tonight – even as the opposing coach, it was hard not to cheer for her because she was all over the place.
“(Ashleigh Adams) as an outside hitter was great. She tested us. She would swing a full swing and would end up tipping the ball at the end of it, just slow her hand down. She played incredibly well tonight. I’m telling you, they’re going to be a scary team to play against next year.”
Also contributing for the Indians were Abby Seiple (four kills, two digs), Ashley Kelly (six digs) and Lynne Watkins (three aces).

WILLIAM TENNENT 3, NESHAMINY 2 (25-21, 21-25, 25-23, 25-20, 15-11)
It took five sets, but the Panthers emerged the winner.
“To say we needed a win for so many reasons is an understatement,” coach Brian Bassler said. “In a real fun five-set match, we won 3-2. There were lots of great rallies tonight and lots of ups and downs to battle through.
“This was the first time I saw our young team battle back from being down.”
The Panthers trailed 14-10 in the fourth set.
“Something just started clicking at that point,” Bassler said. “The girls stayed positive and kept fighting and got on a nice run.”
The Panthers coach acknowledged a trio of players who were catalysts from the service line.
“Julia Richard, Chiara Ciccone and Mackenzie Clee all had over 20 serve attempts,” Bassler said. “That was really huge and we scored a lot of points in those rotations.
“Chiara Ciccone anchored a defense that was pretty solid all night.”
Ciccone had 31 digs. Riley Morgan, according to Bassler, had her best night at the net with 14 kills.
“I’m very proud of the girls, and hats off to a Neshaminy team that played hard the whole night,” the Panthers’ coach said.

In a key conference battle, the Bucks defeated the host Golden Hawks. Both teams entered the match with two losses in conference play.
Amanda Moss led the Bucks at the net, finishing with 17 kills, three blocks and four digs. Also making important contributions were Mackenzie Brooks (nine kills, one block, 30 digs), Magda Videva (nine kills, two blocks, six digs), Naomi Woo (seven kills, four blocks) and Maddie Corona (eight kills, five digs). Setter Ana Claricurzio had 43 assists, one ace, one kill and 20 digs. Maggie Winderman shared the team lead in digs with Brooks – both players had 30 digs. Grace Manganelli added two aces and nine digs, and Jordyn Klementovich had one ace and 14 digs.

PENNSBURY 3, HARRY S TRUMAN 0 (25-5, 25-12, 25-7)
The Falcons used a team effort in their sweep of the Tigers.
Katie Pieslak led a balanced attack with seven kills (.462 hitting percentage) to go along with two aces and two digs. Ashley Parry added five kills and six digs while Mary Miller and Kathryn Croteau also each added five kills. Crouteau also had one ace, two digs and two solo blocks while Miller had one dig and three blocks.  Izzy Marinelli had four kills (.571) and one dig. Brooke Burns led a strong service game with six aces as well as two kills and one dig. Maggie Golder had eight digs, three kills and one block. Salley Kehan had two kills. Carissa Van Veen added eight assists and four digs. Bria Mullaghy had four digs and one ace. Abbi Nassivera had three kills and one dig.

CENTRAL BUCKS EAST 3, BENSALEM 0 (25-9, 25-6, 25-8)

SOL American Conference

PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH 3, NORTH PENN 1 (25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 25-18)
The Colonials celebrated Senior Night with a four-set win over the visiting Knights.
Megan Peuser led the Colonials at the net with 14 kills and three blocks. Lily Acquaviva had nine kills and 14 digs. Gillian Conner contributed five aces, eight kills and 21 digs. Setter Sydney Melillo had five aces, 35 assists and 10 digs, and Sophia Repholz led the defense with 30 digs.

SOUDERTON 3, WISSAHICKON 0 (25-9, 25-17, 25-20)
Setter Maya Hanson handed out 31 assists to go along with seven digs, three kills and one ace. Jordyn Peacock led a balanced attack with 10 kills, two blocks and one ace. Zoe Kondel contributed seven aces, six kills, five digs and one block while Maria Iervolino added five kills, five digs, two aces and one block. Bella Mazzeo had four kills, seven digs and one ace, and Hana Ekecs had six aces and five digs.

Kaley Ehnow’s 18 kills led the Ghosts at the net in their sweep of the Lady Panthers. Izzy Reilly had 19 assists, and Fabi Gonzales led the defense with 12 digs.

The Hatters earned a sweep of the visiting Rams.
Junior outside hitter Cam Wild led the Hatters offensively and defensively with 12 kills and 17 digs. She also had a block and one ace. Junior outside Jule Gibbons added five kills and a block. Junior setter Grace Wuillermin dished out 18 assists, and senior setter Rachel Dittus added eight assists along with six aces. Sophomore libero Jess Howard had 11 digs and an ace on the night.


Saturday, Oct. 6
PENNSBURY 3, STRATH HAVEN 1 (25-17, 18-25, 25-23, 25-14)
The Falcons notched a hard earned non-league win on Saturday.
Three players – Izzy Marinelli (16 kills), Brooke Burns (14 kills) and Elley Torres (14 kills) – contributed double-digit kills to the Falcons’ high-power attack. Torres, who had a .458 hitting percentage, also had 15 digs and one ace. Burns, who hit .300, added two aces and 15 digs. Marinelli had two digs and a pair of blocks. Abbie Drewes led the defense with 19 digs. Setter Carissa Van Veen handed out 46 assists and also had 12 digs, three kills and two aces. Mary Miller had five kills and three digs, and Kathryn Croteau had four kills, two aces and one dig. Ashley Parry chipped in five digs and four service aces.