GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: Council Rock North punches first ever ticket to states

Mackenzie Tinner (#14) follows through on slam in regular season matchup for Council Rock North. (John Gleeson – 21st-Century Media)

CONCORD >> Senior Sydney Portale only needed one word to describe Garnet Valley’s stunning 3-0 loss to Council Rock North in the District 1 Class 4A girls volleyball semifinals Tuesday night.

It all came down to execution.

The Indians executed and the Jaguars did not. It was as simple as that.

“At this point of the season, we can’t take any days off,” Portale said. “They played a great game, but it came down to us. We just didn’t execute.”

North (22-2) had a lot to do with that. The sixth-seeded Indians took a see-saw battle in the opening set, 26-24, reeled off 12 straight points to win the second set, 25-15, and scored nine of the last 10 points to complete the sweep with a 25-18 victory in the third set to extend their winning streak to 16 games and earn their first trip to the PIAA Tournament in program history.

“This is one of the best feelings I’ve ever had,” senior Maddy Moore said of making the state tournament. “I got choked up at the end of the game. I stood there for a second and thought, ‘We’re doing this. It’s great.”

North’s reward is a semifinal date Thursday, Nov. 3 at second-seeded Plymouth Whitemarsh.

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