's first Public League title in volleyball came from an unexpected source - its defense.
The Tigers relied on their offense this season, but the defense came through, and Kensington beat
, 25-16, 25-17 and 25-19, for the title at Community College of Philadelphia.
"Our defense was almost flawless today," Tigers coach Carole Cipriano said. "That's something that plagued us most of the season, and our offense really carried us throughout [the season]. But today our defense was solid."
Manny Acosta paced Kensington with 14 kills, four aces and three blocked shots. Hector Then added seven kills, two aces and six blocks, and Jesus Reyes chipped in with 31 assists.
teammates Mike Kania and Nelson Hargrove had to go to a playoff hole to decide the Inter-Ac League individual championship at Merion West.
Both fired even-par 70s, but Kania shot a par on the first playoff to take the title. Corey Siegfreid of Haverford finished third with a 72 to give the Fords the top three places.
came through with a run in the top of the seventh inning and edged host
, 3-2, in a Catholic League quarterfinal playoff game.
In the seventh inning, Jon Schmidt drew a walk, Nick Ferdinand picked up an intentional walk, and Jerry Smith loaded the bases with an infield single. Schmidt then scored the deciding run on an error.
Bob Steffney pitched the final three innings with two strikeouts to get the win in relief for the Raiders, who will meet
in a semifinal game today at Widener University at 3:45 p.m.
In another quarterfinal game, Bonner got 10 strikeouts and a win from Conor Kerins and beat visiting
Lou Tomasetti powered the offense with two singles, two runs batted in, and a run scored.
St. Joseph's Prep
reached the title game with a 5-1 win over
in a semifinal game at Philadelphia University.
Perry Russom hit a two-run double and Kyle Mullen earned the win for the Hawks, who will meet the winner of the Archbishop Ryan-Monsignor Bonner game for the title at Widener University at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
District 1 Class AAAA.
Keith Meyer blasted a two-run homer in the fifth inning and sparked No. 4 seed
Council Rock South
to a 10-0 win over visiting No. 13 seed
District 1 Class AAA.
Rob Gow and Chris Orlando drove in runs and led visiting No. 3 seed
past No. 2 seed
, 6-4, in a quarterfinal game.
In other quarterfinal games:
Visiting No. 5 seed
upset top seed
Holy Ghost Prep
Ian Yakub, Pete Hissey and Ryan Walsh each hit RBI doubles in a three-run seventh inning for the Indians.
Pat Sheridan hit a game-winning home run and led top-seeded
past visiting No. 4 seed
Springfield (Delaware County)
Sheridan was 3 for 4 with two homers, a double, two runs scored, and four runs batted in.
District 1 Class A.
Mike Connelly had a huge game and propelled No. 2 seed
past visiting No. 7 seed
, 10-0, in a quarterfinal playoff game.
Connelly hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning along with a single and a double and drove in five runs. On the mound, he held the Falcons to one hit over five innings and struck out seven while walking two.
No. 3 seed
scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and stunned visiting No. 6 seed
Ernie Santone drove in a run in the seventh with a single and later scored the winning run on a bases-loaded walk.
Pa. Independent Schools.
Mike Mattei struck out 12 and Jon Kuneck ripped a pair of doubles as
Chestnut Hill Academy
, 7-3, in a quarterfinal playoff game.
In other quarterfinal games:
Matt Ricci hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Colin Kish added a two-run shot in the third inning to lead
Pete Rosa earned his seventh win of the season after pitching three innings with three strikeouts and a walk.
's Chris Gosik set a school record with his 10th home run of the season and led the Friars past visiting
Gosik's two-run shot broke Phil Gosselin's school record of nine, set last season.
Jesus Colon earned the win with a 10-strikeout performance and boosted
to a 3-1 opening-round win over visiting
Ian Vasquez paced the offense with two singles and a run scored.
Randy Forster struck for four goals and helped