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High school sports roundup 10-18

Cameryn Gabriel volleys the ball over the net for Neumann-Goretti against Archbishop Ryan as teammates Alexandria Chestnut (5), Savanna Pacetti (18), Alexa Vivanco (15) and Riana Matkowski (16) prepare to defend. Photo/Mark Zimmaro

The Neumann-Goretti High School girls volleyball team was defeated by Archbishop Ryan in straight sets on Oct. 14.

The Saints battled hard while missing a few regulars from the roster and dropped to 1-8 in Philadelphia Catholic League play. 

“I think our team tries as hard as it can,” junior Alexa Vivanco said. “It’s just a lot of times, we have minor errors that we haven’t been able to fix yet. But at the end of the day and at the end of each game, we all come together and work as a team and get pretty close. But we have a lot of fun out there.”

The Saints face Archbishop Carroll and Cardinal O’Hara to finish up their Catholic League slate.

Find a photo gallery of Neumann-Goretti’s match at Archbishop Ryan here.

In other high school volleyball action last week, the Academy at Palumbo ran into some tough competition last week and its impressive win streak against Philadelphia Public League opponents came to an end. The Griffins were defeated by Central, 3-1, and lost a tight 3-2 match to undefeated George Washington. Palumbo was perfect in Public League play last season (11-0) and had won its first seven conference matches this year before suffering the setback. The Griffins are 7-2 in the Public League heading into the final week of conference play.

The High School for Creative and Performing Arts avenged a rare loss with back-to-back wins last week. CAPA defeated Science Leadership Academy, 3-0, before taking down William Bodine, 3-2. The Pegasus have now won seven of their last eight games and are 7-3 on the year.

Horace Furness took a set against Science Leadership Academy, but fell 3-1 in the match. The Falcons are now 1-8.

Audenried finished its week with a split, which included a win over Constitution and a five-set loss to School of the Future. The Rockets are 3-5 on the season.

Girls Soccer

Southern added a 7-0 win over School of the Future to its already impressive resume. The Rams are still perfect in the win column at 6-0 and have still not allowed a goal on the season.

Furness managed a 2-2 tie with Freire Charter to pick up its second tie of the season. The Falcons are 1-4-2 on the season and have lost just once in their last four outings.

Prep Charter took a 5-0 loss to Science Leadership Academy and now has a record of 0-3-1.

Boys Soccer 

The Academy at Palumbo picked up its fourth straight win with a 2-0 victory over Southern. The Griffins have outscored their opponents 21-2 during their four-game winning streak and have risen above .500 (5-4 record) for the first time this season. Southern played its first game since Sept. 24 and had won three of four before COVID protocol interrupted its schedule.

Furness evened its record at 5-5 on the year after securing a 4-2 victory over William Bodine on Friday. The Falcons have won three games in a row.


Neumann-Goretti won its most lopsided game of the season as the Saints trounced Archbishop Carroll, 54-0, to remain perfect in the Philadelphia Catholic League Blue Division at 5-0 and are 6-1 overall. Neumann-Goretti will travel to Cardinal O’Hara (3-2, 3-3) on Friday and will wrap up its PCL schedule the following week against West Catholic (1-4, 1-6).

The Academy at Palumbo defeated Kipp Dubois Charter, 30-8, for its third straight victory. The Griffins (3-1) will face Vaux Big Picture High School on Thursday at home.

Southern was defeated, 15-0, by Kensington as the Rams have been blanked in three straight games. Southern is 2-4 on the season and will host Kipp Dubois Charter (0-4) on Friday. The Lions have also struggled to score, totaling just eight points on the season.

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