Lady Devils’ season ends as late rally falls just short

DILLSBURG — Central Cambria’s season came to an end in thrilling fashion on Tuesday night at Northern High School, as the Lady Devils rallied from two sets down to force a fifth set before falling to Delone Catholic, 25-27, 22-25, 25-21, 25-17, 14-16 in the first round of the PIAA Class 2A volleyball tournament.

“It was a real nice comeback for us after being down the first two sets. Our girls never quit; they played hard all night long,” Central Cambria coach Jason Layman said. “Our senior leadership came into play to force the fifth, and then in the fifth when we were down 12-7, the seniors stepped their game up and we were able to take a 13-12 lead.”

Layman said that Central Cambria’s senior group played a key role in the rally, as Jenna Bauer, Emily Muffie, Ashley Grimes, Leah Bracken and Sydney Shaffer all played and made an impact.

Grimes led with 14 kills followed by Bauer and junior Lizz Bopp with 13 each. Muffie had 12 kills, nine service points and three aces, Leah Bracken had 48 assists and Sidney Shaffer had 21 digs. Junior Cass Bezek also registered 33 digs in the defeat.

“This the first time we’ve made it this far, and that is a good accomplishment,” Layman said. “Delone Catholic was the Class 2A state runner-up from a year ago, and I don’t think they expected us to be the caliber of team that we were, and we were able to use that to rally back in the third and fourth sets.”

Central Cambria closed its season with a record of 20-4. Layman said that he was proud of his squad for staying tough down the stretch and putting in the necessary work to have the success the Lady Devils had this fall.

“Im very proud of this team, from top to bottom,” Layman said. “All the hard work they’ve put in over the last four months and in the offseason, they did what it takes to get this far, and they were the ones out there on the court to earn their opportunity. They played to the best of their ability, and they can hang their heads high because they didn’t leave anything on the floor tonight.”

SERVICE POINTS

Central Cambria: Bezek 17, Grimes 11, Muffie 9, Bauer 8, Bracken 6, Bopp 2.

Records: Central Cambria (20-4).

Lady Colts move on

WEXFORD — Northern Cambria advanced to the PIAA Class 1A quarterfinals with a 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 25-22) win over WPIAL champion Bishop Canevin in the first round of the tournament.

The Lady Colts will play District 9 champion Clarion Area, 3-0 winners over District 10 runner-up Cambridge Springs, on Saturday at a site and time to be determined.

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