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North Star’s Hannah Shrock (45) goes for a kill against Bishop Guilfoyle’s Juliana Burke (15) and Bridgette O’Leary during Tuesday’s PIAA Class A first-round match at Somerset Area High School.

Bishop Guilfoyle advances past North Star


SOMERSET — The Bishop Guilfoyle Marauders beat the North Star Cougars 25-21, 25-21, and 25-22 in Tuesday’s PIAA Class A first-round match at Somerset Area High School.
North Star was ranked No. 1 in the state, while Bishop Guilfoyle held down the third spot in the Class A rankings.
North Star’s season ends at 21-2, while Bishop Guilfoyle (20-4) advances to the quarterfinals against either Dayspring Christian Academy or Williamson.
The quarterfinal match will happen on Saturday at a site to be determined.
Each team went through two service rotations in the first game and it was nip-and-tuck with neither team having long runs.
North Star led 20-18 before the Marauders tallied a five-point run off the hitting of Annie Dombrowski and the service game of Lindsie Welteroth.  
A single North Star point at
23-19 did not stop the Bishop Guilfoyle surge as the Marauders captured the final two points for the 25-21 win.
Bishop Guilfoyle opened with a 4-0 run to start the second game, and the two teams again traded points, mostly defensive errors, to score points for the opponent.
Ellie Fleegle had a hand in three of the next Cougars points, which erased a six-point Bishop Guilfoyle lead and closed the gap to a 21-19 deficit. North Star then tied the game at 21.
After that, Bishop Guilfoyle ran off the final four points to win the second game 25-21.
North Star trailed 8-4 in the third set before again rallying behind Fleegle with five kills to take a 14-10 lead.
The teams traded rallies again with North Star up 21-18, but a Bishop Guilfoyle timeout stopped the momentum and the Marauders used the service game of Alexis Hicks for a four-point run and captured the final two points on North Star passing errors.
North Star’s Tony Crisafulli’s only post game comment was: “We got beat by a more aggressive team tonight.”
The North Star offense was paced by Kelli Putman and Hannah Schrock, with 11 and 8 assists each.
The net attack was led by Kayla Rice (10 kills), Jackie Stanko (nine kills) and Fleegle (eight kills). Alexis Trevorrow had nine service points.
“We knew what kind of team North Star had and that it would take a complete team effort to win the game,” Bishop Guilfoyle coach Bob Kasun said. “We used our experience of the close game with Bishop Carroll over the weekend and played one heck of a game.”
Bishop Guilfoyle standouts on defense were Logan McIntosh  with 23 digs; Dombrowski and Welteroth had 20 digs each.
Brynee Baughman dished out 28 assists while Dombrowski (eight kills), Jennifer Patterson (six kills), and Juliana Burke (five kills) provided the muscle up front for the Altoona squad.