Five Merion Mercy seniors committed to play their respective sports in college, the school announced Tuesday
Katrina Pisch of Blue Bell will play volleyball at Loyola University (Md.).
Kerry Bennett of Lafayette Hill and Jennifer Guzzardi of Springfield (Delaware County) will join the crew team at Marist College.
gary milesIn PIAA State Class AAA girls' volleyball on Tuesday, Lauren Schmickle had 28 assists and five digs for Hatboro-Horsham in a 25-12, 25-11, 25-10 first-round win over Abington Heights at Nanticoke.
Ashley Morgan added seven kills and three aces for the Hatters (19-3), who also got a strong game from Carly Black.
At Norristown, Sarah Kiely had seven kills and 10 digs for Council Rock North in a 25-5, 25-6, 25-9 win over Girls High. Teammate Rachel Friedman added five kills. Caroline Anderson also played well for the Indians.
Here are the pairings for games in the NJSIAA girls’ volleyball tournaments involving South Jersey teams; seeded position in parentheses.
STATE JERSEY GROUP 2
Pleasantville (24) at River Dell (9); Jefferson (20) at Northern Burlington (13); Sterling (18) at Voorhees (14); GCIT (22) at Rumson-Fair Haven (11).
STATE JERSEY GROUP 3
Seneca vs. Monroe play-in game, winner at Old Tappan (1); Shawnee (17) at West Windsor-Plainsboro South (16); Pennsauken (30) at Northern Valley Demarest (3); Cherry Hill West (18) at Moorestown (15); Kingsway (31) at West Morris Central (2).
Masterman collected another girls' volleyball championship Monday when it dumped visiting W.B. Saul, 25-9, 25-13, 25-8, for the Public League Class AA title.
The Blue Dragons will go for yet another title on Friday at Southern when they face an opponent to be determined for the overall league title. If successful, it will be their fourth-straight overall Public League title.
Vincensa Mucha led the way with 30 assists and five aces against Saul. Gabby Connor added 16 kills and two blocks and Helen Levins had 10 kills and 19 digs.
By Marc Narducci
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Friday is the cutoff date for the boys’ and girls’ state tournament. Teams will be seeded based on their winning percentage after Friday’s games. Ties don’t factor into a team’s record for seeding purposes.
Unlike in the past, when teams needed a .500-or-better record, the top 16 teams in each group will be eligible. That means there will be more participants but less suspense heading into the cutoff date.
If North Catholic and Cardinal Dougherty must close at the end of the school year, we won’t let them go quietly.
Send your sports memories and favorite photos about those schools to Gary Miles at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll celebrate the Falcon and the Cardinal in the paper and online.
They may be going, but North and Dougherty will never be forgotten.