1. Providence is solid across the board. Without one dominant hitter, the Celtics have a 6-3 record overall, dispatching Stagg and Lincoln-Way Central last week. Providence was dominant coming back against Stagg and came up huge late defensively vs. Central. Annie Cummings, Leah Alles, Rachel Alles, Allison Errthum, Allie Marthaler, Maggie Turk and Clare Urchell lead a deep, defensive-minded Celtics squad.
2. Mount Assisi is on the right track. Building off a 13-21 record in 2012, the Eagles sit at 10-10 after a second-place finish at the Rich South Invitational. Mount Assisi fell to Lincoln-Way West in the championship after defeating West in pool play. Kelly Magliano (149 kills), Anna Broadhurst (84 kills), MaryKate Wetzel (311 assists) lead the offense for Mount Assisi, with Jessica Jakubowski (118 digs) and Shyann Koenig (49 digs) keying the defense.
3. Lincoln-Way West earns revenge. Winning the team’s fourth straight Rich South Invitational, the Warriors dished out some revenge on Mount Assisi. Having lost to the Eagles in pool play, West got the last laugh in the championship match, squeaking out a two-set win. West improved to 10-4 with 6-foot-2 middle Carissa Lorenz (11 kills, 3 blocks) leading the way. The Warriors also got key contributions from Katie Davis, Mary Kate Gaffney and Rachel Johnson.