It was a sad ending to a special season. Bishop Canevin made a season high 54 unforced errors, losing to Bishop Carroll in 4 sets in the first round of the PIAA state playoffs Tuesday night at North Catholic High School. The Crusaders season ends with a 20-3 record and a third straight WPIAL championship.
The first set started like it might be Canevin’s night. Maddie Maziarz started the match with three straight aces, however the match evened out. Gillian Golupski added two more aces and Canevin was up 11-8. Bishop Carroll went on a 14-3 run. For nine of those points, Canevin was unable to get the ball over the net. From there, Carroll cruised to a 25-16 win.
The momentum carried over to the second set where the Huskies jumped out to 6-0 lead. But Maddie’s serve stabilized the run and the Crusaders were up 7-6 after two kills each from Alexa Malloy and Kyla Hartoyo. Maddie added a kill before an Izzy Beichner ace and the lead was up to four. Canevin took control, when ahead 18-17, Malloy earned a kill, Beichner added another ace and Gillian put down a kill for a 22-17 lead. Four straight Huskies points closed the gap to one. Another Malloy kill gave Canevin the serve, when Hanna DeLisio ended the set with an ace to win 25-21.
Three more Maziarz aces started the third set, but after a DeLisio ace gave the Crusaders a 6-5 lead, the never had the lead again in the set. Bishop Carroll went on. 17-3 run, on 12 Canevin unforced errors to seize the set. Three more Maziarz aces narrowed the margin, but the third went to Bishop Carroll, 25-14.
Carroll jumped ahead 6-2 to start the fourth set. Three kills from Malloy began to turn things around. Three kills from Golupski and two more from Malloy evened the set at 13. An ace from Erin LaQuatra and two kills had Canevin up 21-18, looking for a fifth set. But after a Huskies timeout, a missed serve gave Carroll another chance. Maddie Maziarz, with 10 aces was the next server, but Canevin was only able to put together two more swings in the last seven points and never made it to the next rotation as the Huskies finished off the set, the match, and Canevin’s season with 25-21 score.
Alexa Malloy lead the team, as she nearly always does, with 17 kills. Her fellow senior classmate Hanna DeLisio added 24 digs. That’s her 8th match of her final nine matches with 20 digs or more.
Senior setter Maddie Maziarz made plays in nearly every way possible. Along with her 10 aces, she recorded 34 assists. She dropped in 7 kills with only one error in 13 attempts with 6 digs. Canevin scored 18 of their 41 service points on her serve.
They scored eight more on Izzy Beichner’s serve, two of those were aces. Gillian Golupski added 9 kills and 9 serves. Kyla Hartoyo added 7 kills.
NOTES: Bishop Carroll moves on to play Clarion in the PIAA quarterfinals on Saturday…The loss ended Canevin’s 19 match win streak…No WPIAL Class A team advanced as Fort Cherry and Geibel were also eliminated.