CLARION - In a season full of accolades, the Clarion Area volleyball team received another honor.
PrepVolleyball.com, which has been announcing its final editions of the final Regional Fall Top Five’s within each region state by state, announced the Bobcats were the No. 2 team in Pennsylvania Dec. 29.
PrepVolleyball.com ranked teams in the Northeast Region, which includes Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Clarion Area, the PIAA Class A champions, District 9 Class A champs and Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference champions, finished the 2020 season with a perfect 24-0 record (including a forfeit win) and lost only one set in the entire campaign, to Maplewood, finishing 69-1 in sets for the season. They allowed their opponents to pass the reach the 20-point plateau only eight times and only once during the entire playoffs, to West Shamokin in the state quarterfinals.
The Bobcats were ranked No. 1 in the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class A rankings wire-to-wire (preseason to final standings).
Class A is the smallest division in Pennsylvania girls’ volleyball and Clarion Area is the only team from that division recognized by PrepVolleyball.com in the state’s rankings, with all the other schools participating in the Class AAAA, the largest division.
The other schools included were: North Allegheny at No. 1; Parkland, at No. 3; State College at No. 4; and Unionville, at No. 5. North Allegheny was the PIAA Class AAAA champions.
PrepVolleyball.com had this to say about Clarion and North Allegheny (the only two schools from the state that were singled out in the comments) on its website.
According to the website, “Both No.1 North Allegheny and No. 2 Clarion Area made big splashes in the rankings this year, appearing in the Power 25 and the Next 25 multiple times. North Allegheny reigned over Pennsylvania this season with an undefeated 18-0 record. Clarion shined as well, specifically Erica Selfridge, who posted the highest hitting percentage in the state and hit .724 in the championship match. The Bobcats were 69-1 in sets on the season, an amazing feat.”
Clarion head coach Shari Campbell was thrilled to receive the recognition from PrepsVolleyball.com.
“Seeing this team receive such an honor of national recognition is so validating to the work this team put in,” Campbell said. “They were so determined to accomplish every practice, every match, every goal. This team deserves to be honored for all that they accomplished. Winning a state championship in such a definitive way during a pandemic is certainly one of the most difficult things I have ever experienced.”
Campbell continued, “This team was unfazed by the challenge and had an amazingly positive mindset. I am so happy that they have been given this ranking by PrepVolleyball.”
Story courtesy of Dave McClaine of ClarionSportsZone.com.