Bethel Park is semifinal bound

PIAA VOLLEYBALL

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And then there was one.

Five WPIAL girls volleyball teams entered the PIAA quarterfinals Saturday with hopes of advancing to the semifinals, but Bethel Park was the lone survivor.

Bethel Park, the WPIAL Class AAA runner-up, earned its first semifinal berth with a 3-0 sweep of Norwin, the WPIAL's third-place finisher, in a match played at Altoona High School.

"It's nice to know that we're still fighting," said Bethel Park coach Shawn Palmer. "It's a big step for our program."

Stacey Kazalas led Bethel Park with 16 kills. Sarah Storino led the Black Hawks with 19 digs.

Bethel Park recorded a 25-20 victory in the first set, then narrowly defeated the Knights, 26-24, in the second. The Black Hawks clinched the victory with a 25-21 win in the third set.

"We're looking forward to the challenge of facing the defending state champion," said Palmer, referring to Landisville Hempfield, the Black Hawks' semifinal opponent Tuesday at a site to be determined.

Landisville Hempfield earned its fifth consecutive semifinal berth with a 3-1 win against WPIAL champion North Allegheny.

Landisville Hempfield jumped to a 2-0 lead with wins of 26-24 and 25-22. North Allegheny fought back with a 25-22 victory in the third set, but lost, 25-21, in the fourth.

WPIAL Class AA champion Freeport was swept, 25-17, 25-13, 25-22, by Fort LeBoeuf, the District 10 runner-up. Fort LeBoeuf is the defending PIAA champion. The Yellow Jackets were without their best player, as sophomore outside hitter Zoe Pawlak sat out with a concussion.

WPIAL Class AA runner-up Indiana dropped a 3-1 decision to Conneaut Area, the District 10 champion. Conneaut opened with a 25-17 victory and Indiana evened the match with a 25-22 win. Conneaut capped its victory with wins of 25-19 and 26-24.


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