Lee Smith recorded 15 kills and Brandon Buck added 11 to lead Ambridge to a 25-17, 25-19, 25-21 sweep of Meadville in the first round of the PIAA Class AA boys volleyball tournament Wednesday at North Hills High School.
"I was a little concerned that the kids had three days off from school, but it didn't show on the court," coach Glenn Freed said. "The kids were well-rested and came through with a solid effort against a very good Meadville team."
Ambridge, the WPIAL champion, is making its eighth consecutive PIAA appearance and advanced to the quarterfinals for the seventh time.
Class AAA volleyball
• North Allegheny 3, Norwin 0: The Tigers, seven-time WPIAL champions, advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals with a 25-12, 25-12, 25-11 sweep of Norwin at North Hills. Tommy Keisling had 15 kills and six blocks for North Allegheny.
• Chartiers-Houston 2, Beaver 0: The Buccaneers (19-1) earned a fourth consecutive PIAA berth, and first since moving up to Class AA, with a 2-0 victory against Beaver (12-8) in the WPIAL consolation for third place at North Allegheny High School. Chartiers-Houston's Toni Spossey was 3 for 3 and pitched a two-hitter.
• Burgettstown 9, Frazier 4: The Blue Devils (17-5) scored six runs in the sixth to rally from a 4-2 deficit en route a victory against Frazier (18-4) in the WPIAL Class A consolation at California University. Burgettstown qualifies for the PIAA tournament for the first time since back-to-back appearances in 2000-01.
• Hempfield 9, Peters Township 5: The Spartans (18-6) earned a third PIAA Class AAAA berth in five years with a win against Peters Township (18-6) in the WPIAL consolation at California University.
• California 10, Serra Catholic 7: The Trojans (18-5) qualified for the PIAA Class A tournament for the third time in four years with a victory against Serra Catholic (18-3) in the WPIAL consolation for third place at Washington & Jefferson College. California built a 10-3 lead and held off a seventh-inning rally by Serra.
• Peters Township 17, Penn Manor 15: Hannah Wilcox scored five goals and assisted on two others to lead the Indians to a victory in the first round of the PIAA girls lacrosse tournament.