Girls volleyball: Pope John Paul II, Boyertown advance in districts; Methacton bounced

(1) Pope John Paul II 3, (4) Mount St. Joseph Academy 0 – The PAC champion Golden Panthers rolled in straight sets Thursday – 26-24, 25-17 and 25-19 – to advance to the District 1-3A championship game and lock up a berth in the upcoming state playoffs.
It will be the seventh straight district title game appearance for PJP since 2013, and provides an opportunity to avenge last season’s 3-0 championship match loss to Villa Maria Academy. The match is set for 7:30 pm Tuesday at Harriton High. Villa Maria, the No. 2 seeds, advanced with a 3-0 semifinal win over Sun Valley. 
In Thursday’s district semifinal win, Sarah Ward and Hanna Tulli led the way with 10 kills each while Julia Durand chipped in with seven kills. Also for PJP, Chelsea Harvey delivered 33 assists and two aces and Tea Pasquale posted 15 digs and three aces.
 
(5) Boyertown 3, (12) Upper Merion 1 – The Bears captured the first District 1-4A playoff victory in program history with a 25-15, 21-25, 25-16, 25-23 triumph over the visiting Vikings in the second round.
Emma Ludwig collected 16 kills, 23 assists, 22 digs and four aces to pace Boyertown (20-3), which moves on to face fourth-seeded Pennsbury (3-0 winner over Ridley) in the district quarterfinals Saturday (noon).
Also for the Bears, Adrianna Derstine posted 13 kills, Emily Wolfe finished with 11 kills, 21 digs and three blocks, Julia Smith recorded 41 digs and Grace Rinehimer chipped in with 21 assists.
For the Vikings, who finish at 14-6, Sophia Gammarino (25 digs, 11 kills, 10 service points), Vanessa Hutchinson (25 digs), Jill Demcher (18 digs), Gena Cirafesi (13 digs), Annamarie Marsh (24 assists), Gretchen Bahmueller (8 kills) and Aryana Chambers (5 blocks) topped the stat charts.
 
(3) Downingtown East 3, (14) Methacton 0 – Elly Brunt (24 digs), Melinda Eglinton (5 kills, 7 digs, 1 ace, 1 block), Alli Hazlett (5 kills, 1 block), Sydney Zerbe (4 digs, 3 kills, 1 block, 1 ace) and Madi Roth (14 assists, 2 digs) had strong showings for the Warriors in their 25-12, 25-10, 25-15 straight-sets, season ending loss in the second round of the District 1-4A playoffs. Methacton finishes its season at 13-7.