Pope John Paul II swept in district volleyball final

(1) Villa Maria Academy 3, (2) Pope John Paul II 0 – The 2017 District 1-3A champion Golden Panthers (14-6) were unable to defend their title Thursday, falling in straight sets to the Hurricanes 25-21, 27-25, 25-19 in the district final Thursday at Harriton.

PJP, which will open the state playoffs Tuesday against the winner of Friday’s District 12 championship clash between Palumbo and Cardinal O’Hara,  had won nine of the previous 10 matches against VMA since 2012 including a 3-0 blanking Oct. 8.

Stat leaders for the Golden Panthers included Chelsea Harvey (8 kills, 15 asssists, 7 digs), Hanna Tulli (8 kills, 8 digs), Sarah Ward (6 kills, 7 digs), Simone Sparano (10 digs) and Madelyn Mulcahey (5 digs).