LEXINGTON, Ky. – The undefeated Clarion High School girls’ volleyball team is starting to garner national recognition, as the Lady Cats are ranked eighth in Region 2, a multistate area, by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Clarion (18-0), the No. 1 ranked team in Class 1A in Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association, is considered the eighth-best team in Region 2, which consists of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, D.C., New Jersey, Virginia, and Delaware. The rankings were released Thursday, Oct. 29.
Generally, the AVCA ranks teams from larger classifications in their Regional rankings making Clarion’s appearance as a Class 1A school all that more impressive.
This week’s Top 10 in Region 2 are all Pennsylvania schools, and all are from either Class 3A or Class 4A except the Lady Cats.
The top three teams are all Class 4A with North Allegheny followed by Parkland and State College. Southern Lehigh, a 3A school, checks in at No. 4 followed by another Class 3A school, Garden Spot, at No. 5, and another Class 3A school, Bethlehem Catholic at No. 6. No. 7 (Unionville) and No. 8 (Bishop Shanahan) are both Class 4A schools, and No. 10 Cumberland Valley is also a Class 4A school.
Clarion, which has won the last two District 9 Class 1A volleyball titles and advanced to the PIAA Semifinals a year ago, was slated to start defense of its crown Tuesday vs. A-C Valley. But the Lady Falcons were forced to forfeit that match because of a COVID-19 shutdown at the school. Clarion will now take on fifth-seeded Oswayo Valley in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at Clarion High School. Oswayo Valley’s quarterfinal opponent, Johnsonburg, was also forced to forfeit because of a COVID-19 shutdown at its school.