Pennridge boys’ volleyball captured its first District One title since 2012 with a 3-0 (27-25, 25-23, 26-24) victory over Council Rock North on Thursday in the final at Upper Dublin. The Rams are now 19-0 on the season and will play the third-place team from District Three in the first round of the state playoffs on Wednesday. Pennridge statistics from Thursday night: Bradley Nase, 40 assists, 10 digs; Devon Rice, 14 kills, 11 digs, two aces; Ben Chinnici, 15 kills, 15 digs; Henry Savage, eight kills, four blocks; Aaron Nelson, five kills; Max McVaugh, 18 digs; and Jesse Smith, 12 digs.
It wasn’t easy, but Pennridge boys’ volleyball held on to knock off fifth-seeded North Penn, 3-2 (24-26, 25-14, 22-25, 25-21, 15-10), in the district semifinals on Tuesday at Upper Dublin. The Rams, the top seed, will meet up with No. 2 CR North for the district championship on Thursday, at 7:30 p.m., back at Upper Dublin. Against the Knights, Pennridge setter Bradley Nase had 45 assists. Also contributing to the win were: Devon Rice, 22 kills, 15 digs; Ben Chinnici, 17 kills, 15 digs; Henry Savage, 12 kills, six blocks; Josiah Friesen, four kills; Aaron Nelson, two kills, four blocks; Jesse Smith, six digs, two aces; and Austin Rush, 11 digs.
Top-seeded Pennridge boys’ volleyball cruised into the District One semifinals with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-12) victory over No. 8 CB East in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The Rams (17-0 on the season) will take on fifth-seeded North Penn in the district semis on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Upper Dublin. Pennridge statistics from Thursday: Bradley Nase, 30 assists, three kills; Max McVaugh, 14 digs; Devon Rice, three kills, eight digs, four aces, three blocks; Ben Chinnici, 11 kills, three aces; Henry Savage, six kills, three blocks, three aces; Josiah Friesen, seven kills, two blocks; Jesse Smith, eight digs; and Aaron Nelson, three kills, two blocks.
Pennridge pitcher Joe Molettiere struck out nine in five-plus innings as the Rams baseball team shut out Quakertown, 6-0, on Wednesday. Molettiere allowed only one hit and walked two. Mitch McLeod pitched the final inning and two-thirds. He allowed only one baserunner (a walk) and fanned three. Luke Nuneviller and Andrew Horne both went 3-for-3 at the dish for Pennridge. Dan Long, Danny Shane and Andrew Mayhew all finished with two hits. Long also scored two runs. Jared Kishbaugh had the lone hit for the Panthers.
Pennridge boys’ volleyball completed a perfect regular season at 16-0 with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-27) victory at Souderton on Thursday. Leading the way for the Rams against the Indians were: Bradley Nase, 13 assists; Jesse Smith, 16 assists, two aces; Ben Chinnici, seven kills, three blocks, seven digs; Henry Savage, three kills, four blocks; Aaron Nelson, four kills, two blocks; Josiah Fridsb, six kills; Sam Handy, three kills; and Max McVaugh, nine digs.
Pennridge boys’ volleyball swept North Penn, 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-19), on Wednesday. Ram statistics: Bradley Nase, 32 assists, three blocks; Max McVaugh, 12 digs; Ben Chinnici, 14 kills, six digs, three aces; Devon Rice, eight kills, 10 digs; Henry Savage, five kills, two blocks; Josiah Friesen, three kills, four blocks; Aaron Nelson, three kills, two blocks; and Jon Long, two kills, three blocks. Pennridge is 15-0 on the season. The Rams will travel to Souderton for a 3:30 p.m. match on Thursday afternoon to close out the regular season.
Pennridge boys’ volleyball celebrated Senior Night with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-17) victory over Upper Dublin on Tuesday. All nine senior Rams contributed to the team win. Pennridge is now 14-0 and will take on North Penn on Wednesday. Statistics from Tuesday’s triumph for the Rams: Bradley Nase, 29 assists, four kills; Brandon Greb, nine kills, four blocks; Max McVaugh, seven kills, nine digs, four aces; Henry Savage, seven kills, three aces, three blocks; Sam Handy, five kills, 12 digs; Brian Rosenberg, eight digs, three blocks; Jon Long, two kills, two blocks; Lucas Hefner, 15 digs; and Devon Rice, five aces.
Pennridge boys’ volleyball swept CB West, 3-0 (25-9, 25-17, 25-15), on Wednesday. The Rams are 13-0 on the season and will host North Penn on Friday night. Leading the way against the Bucks were: Bradley Nase, 32 assists, six digs; Max McVaugh, 17 digs; Ben Chinnici, 16 kills, two aces; Devon Rice, 13 kills, 12 digs, four aces; Henry Savage, four kills, three blocks; and Josiah Friesen, three kills, two blocks.
Pennridge boys’ volleyball finished in a tie for third at the State College Invitational on Saturday. The Rams were 5-1 in pool play and 4-2 in the power pool round, sweeping State College and splitting with Northeastern and Central York. Pennridge then lost, 30-20, to Hempfield in the semifinals. Cumulative stats: Bradley Nase, 110 assists, 18 digs, six aces, six blocks, six kills; Ben Chinnici, 43 kills, 37 digs, nine aces, eight blocks; Devon Rice, 30 kills, 42 digs, eight aces; Henry Savage, 23 kills, 11 digs, 16 blocks; Aaron Nelson, 10 kills, five blocks; Jon Long, eight kills, five blocks; Brian Rosenberg, six kills, four blocks; Max McVaugh, 45 digs, five aces; and Jesse Smith, 31 digs.
Pennridge boys’ volleyball senior Devon Rice passed Austin Jacoby’s mark of 129 career aces on Thursday at home against Quakertown, a 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 26-24) Rams win. Rice now has 136 aces in his career (includes all regular season and postseason matches, not tournaments). Pennridge is 12-0 on the year. Ram stats from Thursday: Bradley Nase, 29 assists, six digs, three blocks; Rice, 10 kills, eight aces, 12 digs; Ben Chinnici, 10 kills, two aces, two blocks; Henry Savage, four kills, four blocks; Brian Rosenberg, four kills; Jon Long, two kills, two blocks; Aaron Nelson, two kills, two blocks; Max McVaugh, eight digs; and Jesse Smith, 10 digs. Panther (10-3 overall) stats: Dylan Flor, nine kills; Coulton Terry, eight kills; Mike Dierolf, four kills; Lucas Schan, three kills; and Xavier Villanueva, 21 assists.