SOL Girls' Volleyball Wrap (10-11-17)

William Tennent senior Stephanie Woolston became the second player in William Tennent girls’ volleyball history to record her 1000th dig. Check Wednesday’s recaps.

Stephanie Woolston found herself center stage on Wednesday night.
The William Tennent senior became just the second player in William Tennent girls’ volleyball history to record her 1,000th career dig. The senior captain follows in the footsteps of Cecelia Weir.
“I knew she had talent,” coach Brian Bassler said of Woolston. “You could see her playing at the middle school level, and you knew she was a pretty good player, but we would invite her up to open gyms, and she would be petrified to come into the gym and would almost go into a panic attack.
“We had some girls back tonight that had coached her in club and had played with her in the program, and they said, ‘If you would have told us when she was an eighth grader this would have happened, we wouldn’t have believed it and not because of talent but because we didn’t know how she’d deal with it on the court.’ They said that it’s awesome to watch her now because she’s so confident. She anchors the defense, she’s one of the co-captains, and the younger girls really look up to her.
“It’s something we’ve emphasized because we’re going to be really, really young next year. We graduate 10 seniors. We’ve said to the freshmen and the sophomores, ‘If nothing else, we want you to play like this group. You have to play with their effort and their energy.’ They go for every ball. The results aren’t always there, but they have laid it all on the line this year, for sure.”
Woolston saw some action as a defensive specialist when she was a freshman and at libero her sophomore year, but most of her digs came in the last two years as the team’s libero.
“I think what makes her so good is her persistence to be a great player,” Bassler said. “She went out and did a lot in the offseason. She went to some Under Armour Showcases, she went and played for GPS and worked her way onto a team.
“She has a won’t-quit attitude. She’s played a lot of this year injured and really has not made a big deal out of it. She’s had shoulder injuries. It’s tough for her to even raise her shoulder above her head some nights. She’s in the training room getting treatment. We’ve really had to manage it, but again, she doesn’t let that bother her. She hasn’t missed really a play this year. It’s been something.”
Woolston is hoping to continue her volleyball career at the collegiate level.
“She’s hoping to play at a D3 (school), and I hope she does because she’s somebody a coach can count on,” Bassler said.
Earlier this year, Woolston took an elbow in the eye when she collided with a teammate going for a ball.
“Her eye blew up and was black and blue, and she played the rest of the match with that going on,” Bassler said. “That tells you what kind of player she is.”

SOL National Conference

COUNCIL ROCK NORTH 3, COUNCIL ROCK SOUTH 1
On Sept. 15, the Golden Hawks defeated the Indians 3-1. On Tuesday night, the Indians returned the favor, winning by an identical score.
“it was an epic match,” Rock South coach John Wright said. “The crowd was boisterous and the play was intense. It was great for the girls to play in front of such a big crowd. It was like watching two prize fighters go toe-to-toe.”
Outside hitter Maddy Moore turned in a monster performance to lead the Indians. The senior captain had 20 kills, one ace, 29 digs and one block. Senior outside hitter Alyssa Coates had four kills and four digs, and senior captain and setter Sarah Caola had 27 assists, three kills, two aces, 17 digs and one block. Senior middle blocker Mackenzie Tinner had 11 kills, one ace, three blocks and one dig. Kaelin Mealy had four kills while Jenna Hron had four kills and three blocks. Julia D’Apolito had six assists. Ashley Kelly had 18 digs, Grace Schweizer had 23 digs and Jill Schweizer added six digs. Grace Schweizer also had a pair of service aces.
For the Golden Hawks, Hannah Sullivan led the way at the net with 12 kills and three blocks. Celina Varian (six kills, 53 digs) and Ariana Ranieri (five kills, 49 digs) anchored the Hawks’ defense. Setter Hannah Devlin had 16 assists.

PENNSBURY 3, WILLIAM TENNENT 1 (25-16, 23-25, 25-13, 25-17)
The Panthers battled the Falcons, winning the second game to even the match 1-1. The Falcons had two many weapons and came back to win the next two.
“Our seniors were fantastic tonight, and I am so proud of each every one of them for how they played and supported one another,” Tennent coach Brian Bassler said.
Stephanie Woolston, who recorded her 1,000th dig, anchored the defense.
“Stephanie has meant so much to our program, and it was a truly special night for her and our volleyball family,” Bassler said.  

CENTRAL BUCKS EAST 3, BENSALEM 0
The Patriots earned a sweep of the Owls, and according to coach Kerri Rabberman, this was a team win.
“Everyone had on impact on this win and it was great and very fulfilling to see everyone play,” the Patriots’ coach said.
Anna Ritter had 16 assists, three aces and two kills. Aurora Budson gave a spark at the net. Courtney Woolslayer, Morgan Beakley, Morgan D'Angelo, Megan Lunny and Abby Killough added great defense in the back row. Morgan Beakley also added five aces and Morgan D'Angelo had four aces. Jenn Krzeminski was great at the net again with nine kills and two blocks; she also added five aces and four digs. Makaila Freeman added an ace, five kills and a block. Gina Feliz, Vivien Agassi and Ysabelle Minschwaner also had a great game today. Feliz added two aces and Minschwaner added two aces.

CENTRAL BUCKS WEST 3, HARRY S TRUMAN (25-16, 25-18, 25-9)
Katie Hudson led a balanced attack with 14 kills, three aces and eight digs in the Bucks’ sweep of the Tigers. Casey Taylor (six kills, three aces, three digs), Maddie Corona (seven kills) and Mackenzie Brooks (five kills, one ace) also contributed. Setter Ana Claricurzio had 33 assists, two kills, one ace and five digs.

SOL Continental Conference

NORTH PENN 3, WISSAHICKON 0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-22)
The visiting Knights upped their record to 7-11 after a sweep of the Trojans. The Knights’ offense was led by senior middle Jessica Thompson (eight kills), junior outside hitter Morgan Patterson (six kills), sophomore outside hitter Natalie Wernly (five kills) and freshman outside hitter Riley Gillmer (four kills). Leading the Knights’ defense were junior libero Francesca Dolan (13 digs), junior defensive specialist Dianna Pisut (10 digs) and senior defensive specialist Sarah Lilly (eight digs). Thompson and Wernly each had three blocks.
For the Trojans, Hanna Park had six kills.

PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH 3, PENNRIDGE 0 (25-13, 25-8, 25-11)
In the Colonials’ sweep of the Rams, Gillian Conner (10 kills, three aces, six digs) and Taylor O’Brien (10 kills, six blocks) led the way at the net. Setter Bridget McTamney had 35 assists and 12 digs.

ABINGTON 3, CHELTENHAM 0 (25-7, 25-13, 25-20)
The Ghosts put their name in the record books, notching a program record 14th win with their sweep of the Lady Panthers.
For the Lady Panthers, Megan Dougherty had three kills, eight digs and five service aces. Cameron Booth added two kills and two digs, and Mackenna Doud added one kill, one assist and eight digs. Carrie Rebitz contributed nine digs, and Sofia Reisinger had eight assists and five digs.

UPPER DUBLIN 3, SOUDERTON 1, (25-21, 25-19, 24-26, 25-23)
Maggie Weglos led the Flying Cardinals in their win over the Indians. The senior co-captain contributed four aces, 11 kills, one block and 18 digs. Co-captain Bryn Stek had six kills, 29 assists and eight digs. Annie Faust had three aces and seven digs while Kara Grebe had three kills and four blocks. Sarah Sharp contributed 11 digs to the Cards’ defense and also had two aces. Sydney Jones was a force at the net with seven kills, three aces and three digs.
For the Indians, Talia Watson (15 assists, four aces) and Maya Hanson (14 assists, eight digs) shared setting duties. Amelia Hanson (16 digs, four kills, two aces) and Haley Novak (18 digs, four kills) led the defense. Tori Reiner led the Indians’ attack with 13 kills. Maria Iervolino (five kills, three blocks) and Erin Brady (five kills, three blocks) also contributed at the net. Bella Mazzeo’s seven aces led the Indians at the service line. She also had six digs. Megan Hamilton (five digs) and Becca Godshall (seven digs) also contributed to the defense.