Pope John Paul II advances to district final, secures state playoff spot

(2) Pope John Paul II 3, (3) Mount St. Joseph 0 – The Golden Panthers advanced to the District 1-3A championship game by rolling to victory in straight sets – 25-17, 26-24, 25-19 – in the district semifinals Tuesday night.

PJP locked up a state playoff berth by reaching the district final opposite top-seeded Villa Maria Academy (3-1 winner over Sun Valley) Thursday night at Harriton (5 pm).

Stat leaders for PJP included Sarah Ward (11 kills, 14 service points, 4 aces), Hannah Tulli (11 kills, 3 blocks), Madeline Mulcahey (7 kills), Mikaela Monroe (5 kills, 9 service points), Caitlin Gilinger (5 kills), Chelsea Harvey (31 assists, 6 kills), Simone Sparano (9 digs), Tea Pasquale (6 digs) and Maddie Lesinski (6 digs).