Volleyball: Delco teams battling near the top, for survival at bottom

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.

Ridley's Melanie Malseed, left, and the Green Raiders are in the thick of the chase for spots in the District One Class AAA Tournament. (Times staff / TOM KELLY IV)

Ridley’s Melanie Malseed, left, and the Green Raiders are in the thick of the chase for spots in the District One Class AAA Tournament. (Times staff / TOM KELLY IV)

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.

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One thought on “Volleyball: Delco teams battling near the top, for survival at bottom

  1. I am disappointed by Delco Sports lack of Volleyball coverage this season. This minor blog is the first one written all season and it is the first season in as long as I can remember where there are potentially two Central league teams (Garnet Valley and Strath Haven) that stand a chance at getting byes in the first round of the District playoffs. Both Garnet Valley and Strath Haven were undefeated in the league until they finished off league play yesterday with Garnet Valley defeating Strath Haven 3-0 in a very well-played three game match by both teams. There is some excellent volleyball being played in Delaware County this year, particularly in the Central League, as many of the teams have significantly improved (Penncrest, Haverford, Lower Merion, Ridley, to name a few). It would be nice if someone from Delco Sports came out to watch, learn and write about it.

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