Somerset - In a first- round PIAA Class A volleyball quarterfinal match in the Somerset Area High School Gymnasium, District 6 runner-up Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic swept District 5 champion North Star, 25-21, 25-21, 25-22, Tuesday night.
North Star was ranked No. 1 in the state, while Bishop Guilfoyle held down the No. 3 spot in the Class A rankings.
"We knew what kind of team North Star had and that it would take a complete team effort to win the game," BG coach Bob Kasun said. "We used our experience of the close game with Bishop Carroll over the weekend and played one heck of a game."
North Star ended with a 21-2 record, while Bishop Guilfoyle (20-2) advanced to the quarterfinals against District 3 champ Dayspring Christian Academy, a five-set winner over Williamson on Tuesday night. The match will be on Saturday at a site and time to be determined.
North Star led, 20-18, before the Lady Marauders tallied a five-point run off the hitting of Annie Dombrowski and the service game of Lindsie Welteroth. A single North Star point at 23-19 did not stop the BG surge, and the Lady Marauders captured the final two points for the 25-21 win.
Bishop Guilfoyle opened with a 4-0 run to start the second set, and the two teams again traded points, mostly defensive errors. Ellie Fleegle of North Star had a hand in three of the next North Star points, which erased a BG 20-14 lead and got the Lady Cougars to within two, 21-19. Then North Star tied it at 21.
After that, Bishop Guilfoyle ran off the final four points to win the second set. The BG defense was the difference in the match. BG standouts on defense were Logan McIntosh with 23 digs, Dombrowski and Welteroth with 20 digs each.
"Our defense has been clicking the past two weeks," McIntosh said.
Brynee Baughman dished out 28 assists, while kill leaders were Dombrowski (eight), Jennifer Patterson (six), and Juliana Burke (five).
"Coming in, I was confident in my abilities," Dombrowski said, "and I always know the team is there for me. It feels good to win and move on."
Baughman added 11 service points, along with efforts from Alexis Hicks (10) and Sophie Griffin (seven).
"We knew they were a tough opponent," Baughman said, "but we played well and now are moving on."
The North Star offense was paced by Kelli Putman and Hannah Schrock, with 11 and eight assists each. The net attack was led by Kayla Rice (10 kills), Jackie Stanko (nine kills) and Fleegle (eight kills). Alexis Trevorrow had nine service points.
"We got beat by a more aggressive team tonight," North Star's Tony Crisafulli said.