Derry advances to PIAA volleyball quarterfinals
Jeremy Hauser and Matt Dasinko each had nine kills to lead WPIAL runner-up Derry past City League-champion Obama Academy, 3-0, in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs Tuesday at Carrick.
Derry got an eight-kill effort from Kyle Sauer, six kills from Shaun Kelly and eight digs from Andy Panizzi.
Ambridge 3, Manheim Central 0 — WPIAL Class AA champion Ambridge cruised, 25-20, 25-20, 25-23, in the first round of the PIAA playoffs at Juniata. Lee Smith had 24 kills and two blocks.
Cochranton 3, Deer Lakes 2 — Seniors Sean McTigue (29) and Tony Nicotra (21) combined for 50 kills, but Deer Lakes won't get a chance to defend its state title after falling in the PIAA Class AA first round at Meadville.
Deer Lakes coach Rick Tatrn, who just completed his 42nd season, said the Lancers' 25-23 loss in Game 2 was pivotal.
“I've learned a long time ago, the longer you stay on the court, the more things can happen to you, and they're all bad,” Tatrn said.
Lower Dauphin 3, North Allegheny 2 — Riding high after winning its sixth consecutive WPIAL title, North Allegheny was bounced in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs.
District 3 fourth-place finisher Lower Dauphin pulled off a 3-2 (29-31, 27-25, 25-22, 13-25, 15-10) win over the Tigers, who were ranked No. 1 all season by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches' Association.
“It's very disappointing,” NA coach Dan Schall said. “They had a couple guys that got hot and started to play with a lot of confidence as a team. They got the win in Game 2, and it just flowed from there.”
Chambersburg 3, Seneca Valley 2 — Seneca Valley led, 2-1, but couldn't close out the match in the fourth game and lost the fifth, 15-8, in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs at Juniata.