#1-4 PENNSBURY 3, #12-1 ARCHBISHOP CARROLL 0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-18)
What a difference a couple of years can make.
Two years ago, Carroll sent the Falcons packing for the season, sweeping Pennsbury in three sets in an opening round state match. The Falcons scored just 12, 16 and 15 points in the three sets.
On Tuesday night at Bonner-Prendergast High School, the Falcons returned the favor, bringing an end to the Patriots’ season.
“It was a great win today,” coach Michael Falter said. “We had probably our best defensive match of the season.
“All the little things we’ve been working on the past few weeks are starting to improve our ability to defend better. We’re very proud of the mental toughness they’ve been showing.”
All told, the Falcons had 46 digs. Abbie Drew – who also had a pair of blocks and four service aces – led the defense with 13 digs. Elley Torres and Brooke Burns also had double-digit digs with 10 each. Bria Mullaghy added eight digs.
“Abbie Drewes and Bria Mullaghy were both very aggressive tonight which led to some exciting points,” Falter said. “Everyone brought another level, but they were impressive.”
Torres also had a monster night at the net, finishing with 24 kills and a .400 hitting percentage. She also had four aces. Izzy Marinelli added 13 kills (.478 hitting percentage) and also had one dig. Ava Sciolla had three blocks.
Setter Carissa Van Veen also played a key role in the win, dishing out 38 assists to go along with one ace, two kills and one block.
“Carissa Van Veen had one of her most consistent nights setting, which allowed our hitters to get into a rhythm,” Falter said.
In a rematch of the District One 4A semifinals, Pennsbury (21-3, 18-0 SOL) will take on district champion Bishop Shanahan in Saturday’s quarterfinal round.
#3-1 HEMPFIELD 3, #1-5 COUNCIL ROCK NORTH 1