The Bishop Canevin Crusaders defeated the Saegertown Panthers in four sets in the Quarterfinals of the PIAA Class A State Playoffs on Saturday afternoon. BC advances to face Clarion Area, who defeated West Shamokin on Saturday, in the PIAA Semifinals on Tuesday night.
Two kills from Gillian Golupski and an ace from Izzy Beichner early in the first set gave the Crusaders their first lead at 7-6. With the set tied at 13, a combo block from Abbie Maziarz and Rutanya Taylor gave BC another lead. Then Keira Kozlowski served three straight aces in a four point service run to increase the lead to 18-13. Saegertown climbed back to within 20-19, but a Golupski kill helped the lead back to three, two kills from Kozlowski and one from Maziarz earned BC a 25-22 first set win.
The Panthers fought back in the second set, running out to a 4-0 lead. Canevin closed to within 10-9, but Saegertown’s Averie Braymer played a fantastic match. She had 6 kills over the next 11 points to extend the Panther lead to 18-12. BC climbed back within in three but Saegertown’s Amber Costello served 2 aces as the Panthers scored the final five points of the set to even the match with a 25-17 victory.
Kozlowski had another set of three consecutive aces in the third set to put the Crusaders ahead 6-4. Two kills from Olivia Thomas and an ace from Golupski pushed the score to 13-7. Four more Braymer kills had Saegertown trailing only 17-16. But this is when the Canevin block became a presence. Two straight blocks, had the lead up to 20-16. Maziarz was part of both combo blocks with assists from Golupski and Taylor on the pair. Kozlowski’s 7th ace of the match had BC up 5. Another combo block, this time from Thomas and Taylor, gave Canevin a 25-17 win.
The fourth set was tied 5 times on the way to a 12-10 Panthers lead, but the Canevin block stepped up again. A Maziarz-Taylor combo, followed by a Maziarz solo block tied the set at 12. A Maziarz kill gave the Crusaders a lead, but the Panthers rallied again off of two aces to take a 16-14 lead. Then Canevin scored four in a row to get the lead back, a Golupski kill and Maziarz ace had Canevin ahead 18-16. Another Golupski kill pushed the lead to four. Two kills from Kozlowski, including on match point when a tip pushed through a double block, gave the Crusaders a 25-22 win and sent them to the semifinals.
Gillian Golupski led the Crusaders attack with 13 kills. Abbie Maziarz added 9 kills and 7 blocks. Keira Kozlowski tallied 6 kills and 7 aces. Olivia Thomas added 6 kills and 2 blocks and Rutanya Taylor had 4 blocks. Bishop Canevin’s record is now 17-1. Saegertown, the District 10 champions, finished at 15-9.
Tuesday’s semifinal between the Crusaders and the Bobcats will be played at 6 pm at Bishop Canevin High School. The winner would advance to next Saturday’s PIAA Class A Championship match at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg.