After nine seasons at the helm of the Big Spring girls volleyball program, Cara Rhone stepped down from her position in December.
With the 2021 high school girls volleyball season in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to hand out some awards.
The Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association announced its all-state teams Wednesday and Thursday, recognizing six Sentinel-area athletes.
The Trojans topped the Shamrocks for state gold.
The senior class helped nudge the Shamrocks into perennial contention, compiling a 77-9 record over the last four years with seasons that ended in the District 3 semifinals, the PIAA semifinals, and two state championship appearances, including the first state title in program history.
“We didn’t play our typical Trinity game today,” said Trinity coach John Barrick.
For the second year in a row, Trinity girls volleyball is within striking distance of a PIAA Class 2A state title.
Taking the top Mid-Penn honors were Trinity’s Jena Minnick (Capital Division), Big Spring’s Mattea Penner (Colonial Division) and Cumberland Valley’s Izzy Reisinger (Commonwealth Division).
An all-around team effort sent the Shamrocks through the semifinals and back to the state championship match.
Trinity volleyball continues its charge for back-to-back Class 2A state titles, and that quest resumes Tuesday in the state semifinals.
Defending state Class 2A champion Trinity advanced to the semifinals, where it will face Allentown Central Catholic.
The PIAA Championships for girls volleyball are scheduled to resume with quarterfinal matches Saturday, as Cumberland Valley (Class 4A) and Trinity (Class 2A) continue their respective quests for a state title.
The Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its 2021 All-District 3 girls volleyball Class 3A and 4A honorees Friday morning.
District 3 champion Trinity started a quest to defend its Class 2A state championship with a clinical sweep over the Central Cambria Red Devils in Tuesday’s first-round match at Trinity. The Shamrocks won all three games by scores of 25-11, 25-19 and 25-19.
Ahead of Tuesday’s slate of matches, here’s a look into how Cumberland Valley and Trinity got here, who’s expected to play key roles in a hopeful state title run and how each program fared in the District 3 playoffs.
DALLASTOWN — Cumberland Valley and Hempfield have come to expect the best from each other over the course of their longtime volleyball rivalry.
York Catholic and Trinity are similar schools and have faced off in every sport available. The opportunity to renew that rivalry came again in Saturday’s District 3 Class 2A girls volleyball final at Cumberland Valley. The Shamrocks rolled through the Fighting Irish, sweeping them 3-0 with g…
Trinity’s point of entry into this volleyball postseason — the District 3 semifinals — meant the Shamrocks would jump immediately into a run of quality opponents, single-elimination games, and high-stakes matches.
Cumberland Valley could’ve crumbled under the pressure, simply bowed out and lost all its faith.
Cumberland Valley mounted a full-fledged third set comeback, which included a 16-point service run from Jordan Thompson, to complete the 25-11 Game 3 win and 3-0 sweeping of the visiting Buckskins.
Very few people expect or believe a 16th seed can knock off a top seed in any sport in the playoffs, and it didn’t happen in the District 3 Class 4A girls volleyball playoffs Thursday. Cedar Cliff battled and battled and took Cumberland Valley to four games, each right down to the wire, but …
“It's an unexplainable feeling ... I've never felt it for volleyball and being able to come here against the odds, against a great team, for the first time in a long time, for Mechanicsburg, it just felt great." ~ Wildcats' Gracen Nutt.
"My goal has really been to get them to see that every person on the team is important to the team. And I feel I’ve seen that shift a bit in the way that they play together, work together, increasing how hard they're willing to work for each other.” ~ Mechanicsburg coach Kat Marquiss
The 2021 District 3 girls volleyball playoff brackets are set and seven Sentinel-area teams will take their respective aim at a district championship.