T-D HS Volleyball

PIAA playoffs in brief

High School Boys
PIAA Tournament
Class A – First Round
North Star 2, Lancaster Country Day 0: In Somerset, Brandon Steele scored a pair of goals for North Star on Tuesday and goalkeeper Kyle Louthan notched a shutout as the Cougars blanked Lancaster Country Day 2-0 in a first-round, Class AA PIAA boys soccer playoff game at Somerset.
The victory earns the 19-2 Cougars a berth in a Saturday quarterfinal against either Brockway or Beaver County Christian, who played later on Tuesday.
High School Girls
PIAA Tournament
Class A – First Round
Richland 1, South Williamsport 0: In Hollidaysburg, Nicole Miller’s second-half goal was the difference as District 6 champion Richland topped South Williamsport in Tuesday PIAA Class A first-round match at Hollidaysburg Junior High.
Miller possessed the ball on the left side of the pitch, cut back to the middle to avoid a Mountaineers defender before placing a right-footed shot to the upper-90.
Sophomore Courtney Syfert logged the shutout in net, a familiar occurrence for the Rams goalkeeper.   
“I think we’ve only had two goals against in our last seven matches with five shutouts,” Richland coach Nathan Gironda said. “She’s calm and collected. The team is confident with her in goal.
“She made two saves that were qualitry saves where another goalkeeper may have given up a goal.”
The Mountaineers finish at 15-6-2.
“This is our third time to make it this far,” Gironda said. “We’ve pulled a District 4 team often and we’ve had a couple of times where we lost to a District 4-3 team that went on to win a state title. Teams in District 4 are always quality. We felt really good to get a win.
“This is seven wins in a row for us. We were 5-8-2 with a week left in the season and it just started to click at the right time.”
Richland will face Shadyside Academy on Saturday at a site and time to be determined.

High School Girls
PIAA Tournament
Class A – First Round
Bishop Carroll 3, Our Lady of Sacred Heart 0: In Ebensburg, Bishop Carroll swept District 7 fourth seed, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart  25-18, 25-10, 25-10 to improve to 21-1 and advance to the PIAA Class A quarterfinals on Saturday.
“The girls were certainly focused and did a great job of getting OLSH out of system,” Bishop Carroll coach Joe Skura said. “It really was a team effort and Allyson Przybys stepped up as a leader with 14 digs tonight and set a tone.”
The Huskies were also led by Nicole Woomer’s 16 service points, Ellie Yahner’s 10 service points and six kills as well as senior Sarah Gomish's 19 kills. Setter Janelle Gueguen had 33 assists and Hayley Holsberger added 12 kills.
“They marked off another location on their map to states,” Skura said. “This is really a great group. I’m proud of them and want them to continue on this journey for as long as we can.”
The Huskies will face the winner of Bishop Canevan and Elk County Catholic on Saturday at a site and time to be determined.