KNOX, Pa. – The third set was hanging in the balance for Moniteau in Wednesday night’s District 9 Class 2A first-round volleyball match at Keystone.
The fifth-seeded Lady Warriors were tied with fourth-seeded Keystone in the third set of an eventual four-set win but had just watched a 19-15 lead disappear into a 21-20 deficit.
But an error followed by a Sophia Fleeger service ace gave Moniteau a 22-21 lead.
Another error by Keystone made it 23-21, and then after Marissa Pry blocked a Keystone hi, the Lady Panther return went out of bounce to put the Lady Warriors on the verge of the set.
Keystone did score a point to make it 24-22, but a service error by the Lady Panthers sent the match to Moniteau.
The Lady Warriors then took the fourth set 25-19 to take the match 3-1 (25-15, 21-25, 25-22, 25-19). It is the first playoff win for Moniteau in 20 years.
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Marissa Pry had seven kills, five blocks, and five digs to lead Moniteau.
She was named the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game and talked about the win on the Cole Orthondetic Associates postgame interview.
Davina Pry added seven kills and four blocks, while Sydney Bayless added two kills and three blocks. Bella Hernandez added four kills and a block, and Fleeger chipped in three assists.
Audrey Burrows led Keystone with a match-high 11 kills while Gwyn Manno had 26 digs and three aces. Ava Patrick added eight kills and three blocks, and Bryanna Mong added eight set assists.
CLEARFIELD 3, ST. MARYS 2
HYDE, Pa. – Sam Campolong and Addy Ruiz each had 10 kills to lead second-seeded Clearfield to a 3-2 (25-23, 21-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-13) come-from-behind win over third-seeded St. Marys in the District 9 Class 3A semifinals at Clearfield.
Sonny Diehl added four aces, while Gabby Henry chipped in five kills and two aces.
Rylee Nicklas led St. Marys with 16 kills, 14 digs, 10 set assists, four blocks, and two aces.
Hannah Ritter added 12 kills and 13 digs for the Lady Dutch who also got 24 digs from Jianna Gerg and three aces from Jillian Kline. Ava Johnson added nine digs.
CATHEDRAL PREP 3, GROVE CITY 1
COCHRANTON, Pa. – Coco Speros and Olivia Hutchinson each had 11 kills to lead Cathedral Prep to a 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 17-25, 25-21) over Grove City in the District 10 Class 3A quarterfinals at Cochranton High School.
Speros completed a double-double for the fourth-seeded Ramblers with 11 digs.
Kaylin Laird added 10 kills in the victory while Mackenzie Moore had 10 digs.
Kamryn Rssurreccion ran the offense for Prep with 37 set assists while adding seven aces and six digs, Kharhys Nickson chipped in five kills, Sophia Primavere added five aces, and Carolina Krahe and Ellen Hutchinson each contributed six digs.
Addi Dannels led Grove City with 12 kills and 10 digs with Abby Berry adding eight kills, seven digs, 19 set assists, and five blocks, and Kylie Mahaffey chipping in seven kills and five blocks.
Jaya Persinger also had 10 set assists and eight digs for the fifth-seeded Eagles.
Cathedral Prep will take on top-seeded Meadville in the semifinals Tuesday at a site and time to be announced.
CONNEAUT 3, HICKORY 0
COCHRANTON, Pa. – Payten Karastury had 32 set assists, six digs, and two aces to help third-seeded Conneaut sweep sixth-seeded Hickory (25-16, 25-19, 25-19) in the District 10 Class 3A quarterfinals at Cochranton High School.
Courtney Perrye led the Eagles’ offense with 10 kills while Carly Perrye and Emily Vennare each had six kills.
Paris Karastury was a stalwart on defense for Conneaut with 16 digs, Kenedy Oates added 11 digs and two aces, and Ashlee Barabas and Morgan Poff each chipped in three aces.
Conneaut will take on second-seeded Warren in the semifinals Tuesday at a site and time to be announced.