Brookville, DuBois Win D9 Volleyball Titles
(Photo: Brookville won its first D9 volleyball title since 2003)
In the first match of the day, top-seeded Brookville swept second-seeded Kane (25-20, 25-19, 25-23) in Class 2A
DuBois followed that with a sweep of Bradford in Class 3A with the top-seeded Lady Beavers beating the third-seeded Lady Owls by scores of 25-23, 25-11 and 25-16.
Second-seeded Clarion then closed out the day of volleyball by rolling past top-seeded Elk County Catholic, 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-13) in Class 1A. See the Clarion story here.
Here is a closer look at each match.
CLASS 2A: BROOKVILLE 3, KANE 0
The Story Line: The Lady Raiders claimed their first championship since 2003 and just the second in program history. The win came a year after Brookville lost to Redbank Valley in the title match.
Inside the Match: Kane helped Brookville’s cause by committing 19 hitting errors and three service errors, while Brookville had just five hitting errors and three service errors. The turning point in the match came in the second set when Brookville, up one set to none, fell behind 19-17 before scoring the final eight points to win the set and take complete control of the match. The Lady Raiders then jumped out to an 18-12 lead in the third set before Kane rallied to within one, 22-21, but couldn’t get any closer.
Brookville Stat Leaders: Morgan Johnson led the way with nine kills and five aces, while Lauren Hergert added six kills and a block and Maggie Mackins also had six kills. Leah Kamerdeiner chipped in four kills and an ace, and Madison Johnson had three kills and two aces.
Kane Stat Leaders: Audri Marconi had 16 kills and an ace, Kalen Johnson added seven kills and an ace, Sarri Swanson had two kills and two blocks and Moira Stanisch chipped in a kill and four aces.
They Said It: (Winning the title) was a possibility at the beginning of the season, and now we’re in uncharted territory. The volleyball team is the only team still playing fall sports at Brookville. Unfortunately, the football team lost last night and the cross country kids are running at states today, so they’re done. It’s the first time ever that the volleyball is still in it to play, which is awesome. – Brookville head coach Joyce Reitz
The Records: Brookville is 17-3. Kane finishes 12-6.
Up Next: Brookville will take on WPIAL champion Freeport, which beat North Catholic for the WPIAL title, 3-2, in the opening round of the PIAA playoffs Tuesday, Nov. 5, at a time and WPIAL site to be announced.
CLASS 3A: DUBOIS 3, BRADFORD 0
The Story Line: The Lady Beavers won their third straight Class 3A title while making their fourth consecutive appearance in the title match. It is DuBois’ fourth District 9 title since 2012 and the 14th in program history.
Inside the Match: After a close first set that saw Bradford lead by as many as four before DuBois came back for the 25-23 win, it was all Lady Beavers after that. They jumped out to a 20-7 lead in the second set before winning by 14 and then were never really challenged in the third set.
DuBois Stat Leaders: Sydney Kachalk, Kaylee Sadowski and Cayla Donahue each had eight kills. Taylor Smith and Lakin Smith each added three aces with Cayla Donahue contributing 19 digs and Cate Gregory 26 set assists.
Bradford Stat Leaders: Erica Marshall had 11 kills and six digs with Alex Asp adding eight kills and Alix Ordiway four kills. Laney Kahle had 18 set assists.
They Said It: Continuing to win these titles holds our program to a higher standard for itself. Being surrounded by a great team and great coaching staff is always amazing. We never fail to impress each other day-to-day and practices push us to our limit – Sydney Kaschalk.
The Records: DuBois is 17-1. Bradford finishes 10-8.
Up Next: DuBois will take on WPIAL runner-up Thomas Jefferson in the opening round of the PIAA playoffs Tuesday, Nov. 5, at a time and District 9 site to be announced. TJ lost to Knoch, 3-1, in the WPIAL championship match Saturday.
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