NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Otto-Eldred/Redbank Valley District 9 Class 1A first-round volleyball match might have just turned in a set that the eventual winning Terrors lost.
Down one set to none and trailing 19-11 and 21-14 in the second set, 10th-seeded Otto-Eldred rallied before losing the set 25-23.
But down two, the Lady Terrors reversed swept their way to victory taking the final three sets by scores of 25-17, 25-12, 15-12 to pull the mild upset of seventh-seeded Redbank Valley on the road.
Carrie Drummond had a monster night with 27 kills, 16 digs, and three blocks for Otto-Eldred and was backed up by Kate Rhinehart, who added 15 kills and 10 digs.
Rayel Hakes chipped in six kills, five digs, and two blocks in the win.
Taylor Ripple and Mylee Harmon each had 17 kills for Redbank Valley with Ripple adding eight digs and four aces and Harmon completing a double-double with 19 digs while also chipping in three aces.
Izzy Bond also had seven kills and eight digs for the Lady Bulldogs.
Elaina Carrico ran the offense for Redbank Valley with 33 set assists.
Otto-Eldred will travel to second-seeded Elk County Catholic at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the quarterfinals.
COUDERSPORT 3, JOHNSONBURG 0
COUDERSPORT, Pa. – Third-seeded Coudersprot got 12 kills and three blocks from Sierra Myers on its way to a 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-23) sweep of 14th-seeded and visiting Johnsonburg in the opening round of the District 9 Class 1A playoffs.
Savannah Myers added five aces, four kills, and seven digs for the Lady Falcons who also got 20 digs from Emilee Ruter.
Emily Eckert ran the offense for Coudersport with 26 set assists.
Coudersport will host sixth-seeded Sheffield at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26.
CLARION 3, BROCKWAY 0
CLARION, Pa. – Alicyn Burford and Marley Kline each had 11 kills to lead fourth-seeded Clarion to a 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-16) win over 13th-seeded Brockway in the District 9 Class 1A playoffs at Clarion.
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Burford recorded all but one of her kills in the final two sets, as the Lady Cats rolled through the first two sets before being challenged a little bit by Brockway in the third set.
She added three blocks and a dig and was named the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Match.
Burford talked about her performance on the Cole Orthodontics Associates postgame interview.
Kline chipped in three digs, as Clarion played with Hadlee Campbell, who once again was inactive after returning from a month-long absence to play both KSAC playoff matches.
Campbell’s younger sister, Addiwyn ran the offense for Clarion with 31 set assists while adding three digs, two kills, and an ace.
Anna O’Toole served well for the Lady Cats with four aces while also serving the first nine points of the second set when Clarion took a 9-0 lead. On defense, O’Toole had a team-best nine digs and she also added a kill.
Taylor Alston and Sophie Babington each chipped in four kills with Alston adding seven digs and Babington four digs.
Kalina Powell had four aces and seven digs for Brockway and served her 150th career aces in the third set when she recorded all four aces.
Lauren Rendos had a team-best four kills while adding four digs, while Bella Patton added three blocks and two kills and Sophia Schmader had three kills and an ace.
Meeca Smith ran the Brockway offense with seven set assists and served a pair of aces.
Clarion will host fifth-seeded Oswayo Valley in the quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26.
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(5) OSWAYO VALLEY 3, (12) DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 1
SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa. – Defending District 9 Class 1A champion Oswayo Valley won a 3-1 (25-13, 25-18, 20-25, 25-19) battle over DuBois Central Catholic in the first round of the 2023 D9 Class 1A playoffs in Shinglehouse.
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Laci Miller-Geiger had 27 set assists, surpassing 500 for her career in the first set, while also collecting 10 digs and two aces on her way to Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game honors.
“We knew we didn’t have to get down on ourselves,” Miller-Geiger said during the Cole Orthodontic Associates postgame interview. “We just had to keep our energy up and encourage each other.”
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Olivia Cook and Praylan Perkins were excellent at the service line for OV with six and five aces, respectively. Cook also had 11 kills to tie for the team lead with Makenna Manning, with Cook also collecting 15 digs and one block.
Also for the Green Wave, Perkins had four kills, 10 digs, and two blocks.
Kayley Risser and Emma Elensky had five kills each for DuBois Central Catholic.
With the win, Oswayo Valley will meet No. 4 seed Clarion, a 3-0 winner over Brockway, in the quarterfinals on Thursday at Clarion. The Green Wave beat the Bobcats in the semifinal round a year ago on their way to the title.
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(6) SHEFFIELD 3, (11) NORTH CLARION 0
SHEFFIELD, Pa. – Sheffield bounced back from a disappointing end to the regular season with an emphatic 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-11) win over North Clarion in the first round of the District 9 Class 1A playoffs.
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The Wolverines lost in five sets at Johnsonburg in the final game of the regular season but came out firing on all cylinders on Tuesday.
“We all just played together and we just kept the energy up, we had some aggressive serves, and I think we all just played together,” Sheffield’s Emily Davidson said during the Cole Orthodontic Associates postgame interview.
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Davidson had 10 digs and was part of a strong serving effort, Sheffield had 18 total aces and served 95% from the line, to earn Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game honors.
Kassidy Orinko led the Wolverines’ attack with 10 kills, three blocks, and nine aces. Emma Roell and Peyton Wotorson each had four kills and eight digs. Kadence Steffan had three aces and ran the offense with 18 set assists.
Sheffield advances to the D9 quarterfinals where the Wolverines will face third-seeded Coudersport in Coudersport on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
PORT ALLEGANY 3, AUSTIN 0
PORT ALLEGANY, Pa. – Kayleigha Dowell had a memorable night in helping Port Allegany to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-23) sweep of Austin in the opening round of the District 9 Class 1A playoffs.
Dowel had 11 kills, 16 digs, and two aces and reached her 500th career dig in leading the eighth-seeded Lady Gators to the victory.
Ella Moses added seven kills, six digs, and one ace, while Jenna Renner added nine kills and two aces.
Isla Lehmier ran the offense for Port Allegany with 24 set assists.
Jade Williams led Austin with six kills and five aces with Isabella Rees adding five kills and four blocks. Lilly Clinger chipped in five blocks.