LANSDALE — The Lansdale Catholic girls volleyball team accomplished a lot in the 45-minute sweep of Bishop McDevitt Tuesday.
In the 25-10, 25-11, 25-5 win the Crusaders finished perfect on their five-game home stand improving their record to 6-0 overall. The bench saw extended action and the starters stayed fresh for the upcoming showdown with Archbishop Wood Thursday.
In the clash on Class AA Catholic League schools the Crusaders and Vikings will be televised, a 6:45 p.m. on the SFBN (Sports Fan Base Network). Having won at Wood for the past two seasons, coach Joann Pisch knows the Vikings will come to court determined to knock off the defending PCL champs, with a big student section there to support them.
"I am sure it going to be a packed house, but this group loves to play in front of a crowd,' Pisch said. "Archbishop Wood is more of a serve-pass team, we are known for our blocking and hitting. I think it is going to be a great match-up.'
Pisch will always have a place in heart for Archbishop Wood, the school she attended and while at first it was personally unique for the third year coach, now it is just one the Crusaders biggest rivals, and a circled contest on the chase for another championship.
"When I played at Wood and it was just your parents in the stands,' Pisch said. "But people LC are getting behind a winning program in the school and coming out and cheering. My first year against Wood was hard, but now I'm used to it. I like going to Wood. It was my home gym for four years and the past two years we have won there. My kids seem to like the gym too.'
The Crusaders worked on odds and ends during the games against the Royal Lancers Tuesday. They emphasized placement on the serves and all swings and in three games where Pisch went deeper than her typical seven starters, they only had 11 hitting errors and four serving errors. Chelsey Dutkiewicz led a balanced attack with eight kills.
"Every opportunity they were working on hitting and hitting to spots,' Pisch said. "It is about placement of everything. My hitters are very experienced and they can put the ball where they want. We want to get the ball up to the net so we can run our fast offense.'
Currently ranked as the number four girls volleyball team in the state by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association the school is standing behind the Crusaders. Lansdale Catholic packed them gym in its win over District 11's Bethelehem Catholic and are hoping for more strong showings from the community down the road, starting with the televised tangle with Wood in Warminster on Thursday.
"There are some viruses going around, so we are trying to work through different people missing practices,' Pisch said. "But other than that we have been pretty fortunate and that has been our goal. Stay healthy. Survive and advance.'
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