Below is a breakdown of three key matches on the Sept. 26 schedule.
Hempfield at Penn-Trafford
The last time these two teams met, Penn-Trafford squeaked out a 3-2 victory. Hempfield has not dropped a section match since, while Penn-Trafford lost to Norwin 3-1 on Tuesday. At the moment, these two teams are in a three-way tie for first place in Section 1-AAA with Norwin at 5-1. Tonight's winner will be tied with Norwin for first place.
Keys to success for Hempfield: Serve tough, limit unforced errors.
Key players for Hempfield: Maddie Holmberg (OH), Morgan Defloria (OH).
Keys to success for Penn-Trafford: Handle Hempfield’s big hitters, play good defense, serve tough.
Key players for Penn-Trafford: Taylor Solo (S), Maria Palarino (OH).
Mt. Lebanon at Bethel Park
Bethel Park finished the first half of play in Section 5-AAA with a perfect 6-0 record. Mt. Lebanon (5-1) can earn a share of first place with a victory. The last time these two teams met, Bethel Park won 3-1.
Keys to success for Mt. Lebanon: Serve-receive well, handle Bethel Park’s big hitters, play good defense.
Key players for Mt. Lebanon: Mary Baich (OH), Alexa Pavlick (MH).
Keys to success for Bethel Park: Deal with Mt. Lebanon’s scrappy defense, serve-receive well.
Key players for Bethel Park: Stacey Kazalas (OH), Kaileigh Poe (S).
West Shamokin at Greensburg Central Catholic
Greensburg C.C. finished the first half of play in Section 1-A with a 6-0 record, while West Shamokin is 5-1. West Shamokin is playing for a share of first place in the section, while Greensburg C.C. is playing to stay in sole possession of first place.
Keys to success for West Shamokin: Handle Greensburg CC’s height, serve tough, play good defense.
Key players for West Shamokin: Alecia Calhoun (OH, MH), Kristen Templeton (L).
Keys to success for Greensburg C.C.: Limit unforced errors, play solid across the board.
Key players for Greensburg C.C.: Leah Bisagnani (S, MH), Lauren Nolfi (OH).