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PIAA AA GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS
Farrell heading to state tourney for 17th straight year
SHARON _ One of the most impressive streaks in all of Pennsylvania high school sports continued Saturday afternoon when the Farrell Steelerettes won the Northwest Regional championship at Sharon High School.
The title enabled Farrell (17- 1), which finished 3-0 in the round-robin format event, to advance to the state tournament for the 17th consecutive year under veteran coach Harriett Morrison.
Farrell, the WPIAL runner- up, defeated District 9 champion Kane (15-7, 15-3), District 10 champion Conneaut Lake (16- 14, 15-7) and the WPIAL No. 3 team Elderton (15-11, 15-8).
``We had things going a little better than last week, but we still made some mistakes,'' said Morrison. ``So we have until Friday to work on those. We're in the Final 8 now and none of the matches should be easy.''
Farrell opens play at the state tournament at 9 a.m. Friday at Shippensburg University against the No. 2 team out of the Northeast Region.
Conneaut Lake, which finished 2-1, also advanced to the state tournament. Kane (1-2) and Elderton (0-3) were eliminated.
Under Morrison, one of the most successful coaches in the state, Farrell has won 5 state championships and finished second twice. And she expected nothing less than a berth in the state tournament of her team this season.
``With having juniors and seniors mostly on the team and playing only one or two underclassmen, we kind of expected a good season, providing nothing happened,'' Morrison said. ``We had a couple of injuries and Kisha Pegues is nursing a leg injury right now.
``Anything that can deter you like that can be costly to you when you've had a group that's worked together for so many years. That can make a difference.''
Making a difference Saturday were Nicole Scott, Lucretia Samuels and Sharanda Stinson. Scott registered 34 kills, 22 digs and 13 blocks, Samuels finished with 26 points, 22 kills, 30 digs and 3 blocks, and Stinson had 15 points, 23 kills, 41 assists, 19 digs and 9 blocks.
Also contributing for Farrell were: Dorothy Smith 17 points, 4 kills, 45 assists, 11 digs, 6 blocks; Pegues 3 points, 7 kills, 15 digs, 8 blocks; Keturah Chambers 1 points, 3 kills, 11 digs, 3 blocks; Gina Falvo 11 points, 19 digs; and Jennifer Saum 3 points.
Advancing out of the Southwest Region Saturday were WPIAL champion Shannock Valley and D-10 runnerup Maplewood. Not making it, however, was defending state champion Richland, but that won't make things any easier at Shippensburg, according to Morrison.
``More than one person has said Shannock Valley is by far probably the best team in the state, AA or AAA,'' she said. ``We just hope that we can play well enough that we have another opportunity to play them.''