Padua celebrates the 2019 DIAA Girls Volleyball Championship

Padua celebrates the 2019 DIAA Girls Volleyball Championship

Sarah Pritchard recorded 43 of Padua's 115 digs as they held off a determined Saint Mark's squad in four sets to win the 2019 DIAA Girls Volleyball Championship.

Padua used an 11-2 mid-set run behind a series of kills by middle hitter Mackenzie Sobczyk and digs from Prichard to take the lead, and Grace Palaypay's kill finished a 25-16 opening set victory.

Late in the set, Saint Mark's lost all-state candidate Savannah Seemans to injury, but they had no interest in making this a short night. Locked at 20-20 in the second set, Julia Yurkovich's spike but them ahead, setter Katie Sonchen's attack on two extended the lead, and then Abigail Thibodeau's kill on the penultimate point guided the Spartans to a 25-21 second set.

Padua controlled the third set, jumping out to a 12-5 lead, and the Spartans could not get any closer then 5 points until the very end of the set, but Sobczyk's kill completed a 25-18 victory, and a 2-1 lead in sets.

The biggest turning point in the 4th set came at 14-12 Saint Mark's, as despite two diving digs by Samantha Gerhart and Mya Lewis, it was Padua's Madison Wilhelm with a spike off a block that hit the BOB's floor.

Padua's Jess Molen and Sobczyk combined on a block to give Padua the lead at 17-16, and then Saint Mark's could not come back.

Barnett took the honors on match point, going over the back line of the defense into the opposite corner, and the Pandas celebrated in front of their net in victory.

Molen finished with 20 digs, 13 kills, and 2 blocks in the win, with Sobczyk finishing 19 points with kills, 4 blocks, and 7 digs.

Seemans had 7 kills and 2 digs before she left with injury, Brooke Dow had 12 kills and 15 digs, with Yurkovich spiking home 11 points. Mya Lewis filled her line score with 4 kills, 2 aces, a block, 10 digs, and 15 assists.

Padua's 2019 title joins their 2012 and 2013 squads in winning state titles, they lost a 5-set final to Ursuline in 2017.