With just two weeks remaining in the District One volleyball regular season, the projected Class AAA playoff field contains four Delco schools. A little luck over the next two weeks, and that number could expand significantly.
Just on the outside looking in on the 28-team postseason are Interboro (29th) and Ridley (30th), while Sun Valley (33rd) also remains in striking distance, according to the district’s weekly power rankings, compiled as of Oct. 5. Ridley helped its case significantly with a 3-1 win over Sun Valley Monday, while Interboro’s loss to Chichester (ranked 39th) also aided the Green Raiders’ case.
Heading into their decisive Central League match Thursday, both Garnet Valley and Strath Haven are in high positions in the district. Garnet Valley had been sitting second, but a loss to Pope John Paul II (the undefeated top seed in Class AA) has them at 13-2. Strath Haven, meanwhile, improved to 17-2 Monday. They sit fifth in the current rankings. It’s likely that the winner of that match Thursday will claim one of the four first-round byes in the District One Tournament, which begins Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Also securely in the field and fighting for a home match is Penncrest, ranked ninth, and No. 15 Haverford.
In Class A, Sacred Heart has a comfortable lead on Christopher Dock for the top seed in the four-team tournament.