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Rustin, Unionville record season-opening wins

Rustin 3, Notre Dame Academy 1 – Emma Nelson (16 kills, 12 digs), Emily Supplee (13 kills, 14 digs), Dani Emrich (5 aces, 8 digs), Annmarie Patterson (4 aces, 10 digs), Olivia Stasen (17 assists) and Morgan Bitzberger (15 assists, 4 aces) were the linchpins for the Golden Knights in their season-opening victory Friday. Rustin won by counts of 25-17, 28-26, 18-25 and 25-18.

Unionville 3, Octorara 0 – The Indians rolled in their season opener 25-9, 25-20 and 25-12 behind Elizabeth Sauerbaum (11 assists), Sophie Brenner (10 kills) and Lauren Stokes (9 aces).

Downingtown East 3, Oxford 0 – The Cougars ran the table 25-15, 25-16, 25-16 behind Julia Michinok (5 kills, ace) and Rachel Wertz (9 kills, 4 aces, 8 digs, 2 blocks). For the Hornets, Emily Griffin (5 kills, 3 aces), Arianna Santos (2 blocks) and Danielle Stackhouse (10 digs) topped the stat charts.

Kennett splits tri-meet – The Blue Demons took their season opener 3-0 (25-9, 25-14, 25-13) over Academy Park as Zoe Nguyen (9 kills), Savannah Applegate (9 kills), Alex Seel (22 assists, 5 kills, 9 service points) and Logan May (7 digs, 3 kills) led the way. Kennett had to settle for the split, falling to Lower Merion 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-20) despite strong work from Applegate (7 kills), Nguyen (6 kills) and Sell (11 assists, 2 blocks).

West Chester East 3, Springfield (Delco) 2 – Evie Virgilio (9 kills, 7 aces) and Lizzie Carr (8 kills, 6 blocks) set the tone for the Vikings in their season-opening win. Also for WC East, which prevailed by scores of 25-18, 21-25, 25-23, 22-25, 15-10, Ryleigh Griffin (28 assists), Arianna Lehr (19 digs) and Xiomara Lehr (16 digs) had strong showings.

Garnet Valley 3, Downingtown West 1 – The Whippets came up short in their season-opening, nonleague encounter 25-16, 25-19, 21-25, 25-22 despite solid efforts by Audrey Jones (10 kills), Aly Reardon (8 kills, 11 digs) and Hailey Lewis (7 kills, 5 blocks).

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