Volleyball: Super 7 No. 3

Meghan Czapka, left, and Cardinal O'Hara drop a spot in this week's rankings. TIMES STAFF/ROBERT J. GURECKI

Meghan Czapka, left, and Cardinal O’Hara drop a spot in this week’s rankings.

Same seven teams as last week, just a slightly different order. This is based off of matches played through Saturday, so anything that happens/ed today doesn’t matter toward this week’s Super 7. Here is last week’s Super 7.

1. Garnet Valley (10-2) Last week: No. 1

It’s going to take a whole heck of a lot for the Jaguars to not hold down the No. 1 spot for the foreseeable future. The No. 1 threat to, um, No. 1, is Strath Haven, and Garnet Valley has a convincing win over the Panthers. It was a pretty easy week for the Jaguars with a successful tour of Lower Merion township. Garnet Valley rolled over Harriton and Lower Merion after also sweeping Marple Newtown. Julianna Boettger saw some extended time, led by a seven-kill, one-block effort against the Aces, Elise Cummings had 44 assists in the last two matches and Katherine Hayes put down five kills against the Aces.

2. Strath Haven (11-2) Last week: No. 2.

Make no bones about it. If Haverford setter Katie Lane hadn’t gone down with a shoulder injury late in the second set against the Panthers, Strath Haven is probably sitting at No. 3. But Alice Roberts and Bridget Scott led a monster comeback, capped by a 15-8 rout in game 5, to ensure that the Fords couldn’t jumble up the Central League standings. On the flip side, a 3-0 sweep of rival Penncrest was impressive. Scott and Roberts once again led the charge in that one, while Kara Pell‘s 10 digs led a balanced rout of Upper Darby.

3. Haverford (10-4) Last week: No. 6.

The Fords make a big jump for the second time in as many weeks, and like I said earlier, it could have been higher. However, Haverford’s basically a MASH unit right about now. Middle blocker Bridget Newman has a nasty ankle sprain, Lane has a shoulder issue and Arden Vizzard took a kill to the face. Merely trying to stay off the trainer’s table should be goal No. 1 for the Fords, but they’ve got a battle coming up in about 10 minutes against Penncrest for third place. On a neutral court and with everyone healthy, I’d lean to the Fords. Tonight? We’ll see.

4. Sun Valley (8-4) Last week: No. 3.

Tough week for the Vanguards and the drop is probably more because of Haverford’s strong play than anything Sun Valley did. That being said, getting swept by Bishop Shanahan and Downingtown East is a tough go. I know the Eagles and Cougars are top-of-the-line teams, but it would have been nice to see the Vanguards take one from either. Chelsea Jones did Chelsea Jones-things by nearly posting a triple-double against Downingtown East and putting up a double-double against Bishop Shanahan. Madison McCunney bashed 23 kills in that span.

5. Cardinal O’Hara (10-0) Last week: No. 4.

Sun Valley drops, so the Lions have to drop after the Vanguards beat them in a tournament a few weeks ago. Tough luck, O’Hara, but the 3-0 sweep of Archbishop Carroll was mighty impressive. Meghan Czapka and Caitlin Fitz paced that one, as did Lauren Daly‘s strong play at the net. Charlee Borcky controlled play in an easy sweep of Conwell-Egan. The Lions have made it through the most daunting stretch in the schedule, although a date with Lansdale Catholic looms.

6. Penncrest (11-3) Last week: No. 5

The Lions gave Strath Haven all it could handle, losing each game by two points,  but made up for it by pouncing all over Springfield in a 3-0 sweep. Emily Hopkins‘ strong defensive play led the way in that one and Andrea Hartman continues to prove her status as one of Delco’s top players night-in and night-out. Nikki and Gianna Gargiule continue to be solid setters, too. That match against Haverford tonight will be telling.

7. Archbishop Carroll (5-4) Last week: No. 7

No movement for the Patriots because holy cow, that schedule over the past week was incredibly difficult. Having to play Archbishop Wood, Lansdale Catholic and Cardinal O’Hara in the span of a week is absolutely horrendous. After a great start to the match against the Lions, Carroll ran out of gas late. The loss of libero Megan Quigley for the season is a crippling blow, but if there’s a position where the Patriots can handle such a loss, it’s libero. But life goes on. All-Delco Sarah Layfield led the charge against the Lions, while Sam Conboy did some good things, too. Middle blocker Sabrina Noel did a strong job at the net, too.

Dropped out: None. Also considered in alphabetical order: Agnes Irwin, Notre Dame.

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