Three straight sets for a District 3 three-peat.
That was the storyline at the District 3 Class 2A girls’ volleyball finals on Nov. 6, as the defending champion Shamrocks of Trinity High School topped York Catholic’s Fighting Irish, 25-21, 25-16 and 25-19 for their third district title in a row.
The Shamrocks came out swinging in the afternoon match-up, played at Cumberland Valley High School, finding serious cause for concern just once when the Irish took an 8-5 lead in the third. Bolstered by an enthusiastic bench, the Shamrocks played a balanced attack against a seasoned York Catholic team that featured seven seniors this season.
Trinity’s solid performance was led by sophomore middle hitter Samantha McAuliffe, who finished with 13 kills. The Shamrocks, the top seed in the state, will attempt to defend their title without the aid of 6-foot-5 senior Lauren Trumpy, who tore her ACL a few weeks ago. Also a force on the court, Trumpy has committed to play basketball for Northwestern.
The District 3 championship match marked the end of the season for York Catholic, led in the finals by Adeline Philips’ 12 kills and Mia Citrone’s 15 digs. The Irish finished their season at 15-4. Trinity advanced in the first round of state playoffs on Nov. 9, beating Central Cambria in three sets. The Shamrocks will play in the quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 13.
(Photos by Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness.)
By Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness