Elderton bounces back in WPIAL volleyball match
Dan Spencer attended Saturday’s WPIAL Class A volleyball championship match between Bishop Canevin and Frazier at Franklin Regional High School.
Not long into the match, Elderton’s coach began to wonder what had happened to Bishop Canevin, which had beaten his Bobcats, 3-1, in the semifinals two days earlier.
Bishop Canevin struggled in the final and lost, 3-0. Spencer considered the Crusaders’ championship performance far less impressive than what he witnessed during the previous round.
“They played great defense and dug everything against us on Thursday night, and they couldn’t do much at all on Saturday,” he said. “I guess we caught them on the wrong day.”
But Saturday was the right day for Elderton to get back in the hunt for a PIAA title. The No. 3 seed Bobcats defeated No. 5 Bentworth, 3-0, in the Class A consolation match a few hours before Frazier and Bishop Canevin squared off. Elderton prevailed, 25-17, 25-21 and 25-13.
Spencer and his players had some sense of Bentworth’s strengths and weaknesses. Elderton (16-3) and Bentworth (14-4) met in a tournament at the end of the regular season, and the former won two of three close matches. They split in pool play, and Elderton edged Bentworth in the tournament semifinals.
“I was pleased that we separated a little bit and didn’t have to struggle over every single point,” Spencer said of Saturday’s performance.
Sophomore Jill Glover led Elderton with 12 kills. Senior Paige Baker had 10.
Spencer said his team did not let Thursday’s setback linger.
“You can’t get frustrated,” he said. “All you can do is play hard. It wasn’t like we fell apart (in the semifinals). Sometimes, the other team just plays better. You just have to step back and readjust your goals a little bit. We still wanted to get into the state tournament.”
In a sense, Elderton has reached the PIAA playoffs each season since 2007. The Bobcats belonged to West Shamokin, a PIAA semifinalist, in 2009 because their school closed that year.