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Berwick maintains top ranking

Berwick suffered its first loss as one of the four District 2 champions that were all eliminated in the first round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association girls volleyball state tournament, but the Lady Bulldogs maintained their status as the No. 1 team in the final Electric City Volleyball Academy Elite Eight Power Rankings of district girls teams.

The Lady Bulldogs took over No. 1 when they went on the road and won a battle of unbeatens with former No. 1 Delaware Valley, handing the Lady Warriors their only loss of the regular season. Berwick held on the rest of the way, finishing No. 1 in a season that included Wyoming Valley Conference and District 2-4 Class 3A Subregional championships.

The final rankings were released Monday.

Delaware Valley, the District 2-4 Class 4A Subregional champion, never fell below the second, the spot it held in the final rankings.

Blue Ridge, which joined Berwick as the only teams to win both regular-season and district titles, held on to third. The Lady Raiders won Lackawanna League Division 1 and District 2 Class A.

The rest of the rankings also remained the same.

Dallas, which finished its season a week earlier as the District 2 Class 4A runner-up to Berwick, is fourth.

District 2 Class 2A champion Lake-Lehman is fifth, followed by Holy Redeemer, the team it beat.

North Pocono, the only team to beat Blue Ridge in the regular season, is seventh.

Pittston Area is eighth.

The full rankings, with final records and previous ranking, for each team:


  2.Delaware Valley16-22
  3.Blue Ridge20-23
  6.Holy Redeemer14-56
  7.North Pocono18-57
  8.Pittston Area13-78

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