HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Indiana closing in on another section title, perfect season
Visiting Indiana ran its overall record to 12-0 and its section mark to 8-0 by sweeping Ford City, 25-22, 25-13, 25-19, in a WPIAL Section 3-AA girls’ volleyball match Tuesday.
Natalie Cignetti powered Indiana with 16 kills and four aces. Helena Dadson chipped in eight kills.
Ford City won the junior varsity match, 2-0.
With two regular-season matches remaining, Indiana sits in first place in the section, and the Indians are eyeing their seventh straight section title and a second straight undefeated regular season in section play.
The Indians won the Section 6-AA title in 2007 to start their run of section crowns, and four straight 4-AA titles from 2008 to 2011. Last year they captured the 3-AA championship.
Indiana plays host to Derry on Thursday.
DERRY 3, APOLLO-RIDGE 0: Derry swept Apollo-Ridge, 25-18, 25-17, 25-20, in a WPIAL Section 3-AA match in Spring Church.
Courtney Casella led Apollo-Ridge with 12 digs and five kills. Reannah Martin tacked on six blocks and four kills, Kayla Gunderson had five blocks and two kills, and Kira Marks added seven blocks.
Derry won the junior varsity match, 25-13, 25-14.
Both teams play on the road Thursday. Apollo-Ridge travels to Kittanning and Derry heads to Indiana.
LIGONIER VALLEY 3, MARION CENTER 0: Host Ligonier Valley improved its conference record to 9-1 by sweeping Marion Center, 25-18, 25-17, 25-23, in a Heritage Conference match.
Taylor Rudnik piled up eight digs and five kills for Ligonier Valley. Rachel Wallace and Catou Cmar each had eight service points.
Ligonier Valley won the junior varsity match, 25-19, 25-12.
Sarah Marsh paced Ligonier Valley with 16 service points and six aces.
Ligonier Valley (10-3) travels to Purchase Line on Thursday. Marion Center heads to United tonight.
BLAIRSVILLE 3, HOMER-CENTER 1: Blairsville outlasted visiting Homer-Center, 25-18, 25-20, 19-25, 25-15, in a Heritage Conference match.
Abby Peace racked up 10 kills and seven assists to power Blairsville. Kia Clayton added eight kills and four aces, and Kristina Pizer had 15 assists.
Homer-Center won the junior varsity match, 25-23, 25-17.
Blairsville (5-5 conference) travels to Northern Cambria on Thursday. Homer-Center heads to Altoona tonight.
PENNS MANOR 3, PURCHASE LINE 1: Penns Manor erased a one-game deficit and defeated Purchase Line, 24-26, 25-10, 25-20, 25-23, in a Heritage Conference match in Kenwood.
Sarah DaBella guided Penns Manor with 11 kills, 10 digs and four blocks. Taylor Rainey added six kills and six blocks, Mary Roach had 12 digs and eight blocks, and Mallory Drahnak tallied 24 assists.
Mikhala Stover led Purchase Line with 15 kills and five digs. Koren McCullough added five kills, Jaycelyn Fleming had six kills and three blocks, Allison Goodlin chipped in 10 service points and 10 digs, and Amy Elling piled up 27 assists.
Penns Manor won the junior varsity match, 25-22, 13-25, 15-9.
Both teams play at home Thursday. Penns Manor (9-2) plays host to Homer-Center and Purchase Line (6-6) welcomes Ligonier Valley.
NORTHERN CAMBRIA 3, UNITED 1: Northern Cambria beat United, 25-18, 16-25, 25-11, 25-12, in a Heritage Conference match in Armagh.
Lyda Bartlebaugh racked up 40 digs to lead United. Halee Reasor had six kills, and Ashley Hill added four blocks.
Northern Cambria won the junior varsity match, 25-12, 25-10.
Northern Cambria (9-2) plays host to Blairsville on Thursday. United welcomes Marion Center tonight.
CALVARY BAPTIST 3, SLIPPERY ROCK CHRISTIAN 0: Calvary Baptist swept Slippery Rock Christian, 25-14, 25-21, 25-13, in a non-conference girls’ volleyball match in Clymer.
Megan Plants paced Calvary Baptist with 14 kills. Kayla Chambers added five kills, 11 service points and five aces, Rachel Covato tacked on 13 service points, and Erica Stephens had eight service points.
Calvary Baptist (5-3) plays host to Armbrust Christian on Thursday.