Volleyball tourney on Saturday at Haverford High

By Don Beideman
Inquirer Staff Writer

Six of the state's top-ranked volleyball teams will be in action Saturday in the eighth annual Tough Challenge Tournament at Haverford High.

In the field will be Bishop Shanahan. The Eagles have been ranked No. 1 in Class AAA by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association since the beginning of the season and made it this week to 93 in the country by Prep Volleyball. They are 7-0 and have lost just one set.

Among the other 19 teams in the tourney are Allentown Central Catholic, Emmaus, Upper Merion and Penncrest, all ranked in the top 10 in Class AAA. Two other schools in the field, Merion Mercy and Archbishop Carroll, are ranked No. 3 and No. 8, respectively in Class AA. The Bears are the two-time and defending tourney champs.

The other teams in the tournament are Haverford High, Hempfield, Council Rock North, Hatboro-Horsham, Archbishop Wood, Cardinal O'Hara, Ridley, Masterman, Methacton, Bethlehem Freedom, Pennsbury, Mount St. Joseph, and Springfield of Delaware County.

Haverford coach Matt Green said pool play is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. There are four pools. The championship round should begin around 3 p.m.

"This is one of the tougher tournaments in the eastern part of the state," said Green, whose team is 6-1 and in second place behind Penncrest in the Central League. "There are a number of college coaches who have indicated they will be there."

Contact staff writer Don Beideman at 267-815-0733 or dbeideman@phillynews.com.