The Delone Catholic High Squirettes made the long trip to Governor Mifflin High School in Shillington on Thursday to play in the first round of the PIAA Class AA girls' volleyball tournament, a day later than they were supposed to.
It showed in the Squirettes' play.
Despite the fact Delone swept Masterman, 25-13, 25-19, 25-12, the Squirettes self-admittedly underperformed.
"Our performance tonight was good enough," Delone head coach Jason Leppo said. "It was not our best by any stretch of the imagination. This time of year, it does not have to be pretty as long as you do what you have to do to move on."
The teams were forced to play on Thursday because of the potential of inclement weather on Wednesday.
"I am not really sure what the problem was today," Leppo said. "I think we established early that this was a team we could handle. At states, you are expecting the level of play to be up and, when it's not, it is hard on the kids to get up.
"I also think yesterday, just as they were about to get on the bus, we found out the match was postponed. I think that played a part."
In its victory, Delone was led by senior setter-outside hitter Allie Mondorff. She finished the night with nine kills and a team-leading 20 assists.
Mondorff is typically used as the primary setter for Delone, but on Thursday, the Squirettes started senior setter Meghan Stambaugh and used Mondorff as the outside hitter.
"It is always fun to hit,"
Despite the obvious mismatch in talent, the Squirettes struggled to get out to a fast start. In two of the three games, Masterman, the District 12 runner-up from Philadelphia, was the first to score 10 points.
"We need to start better and get our momentum going earlier," Mondorff said.
The Squirettes were never facing a threat of losing any of the sets, but realize that, starting at noon Saturday in their next match against District 2 champion Holy Redeemer at Muhlenberg High School, they need to tighten things up because they will be facing a step up in competition.
Holy Redeemer defeated District 4 champion Wellsboro on Wednesday.
As for Thursday's match at Governor Mifflin Intermediate School, every time the Squirettes needed it, Mondorff, the team's floor general, rallied her team and was able to get things under control.
"I just told them that we needed to go back to the basics and just calm down," she said.
In addition to Mondorff, Stambaugh added 16 assists and junior Cambria Wierman led the team with 13 kills.
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