Ambridge Kings Again in WPIAL AA Boys Volleyball by Beating Derry

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Saturday, May 26, 2012 | 8:18 AM


Ambridge won their fourth WPIAL Class AA championship in the past five years in dramatic fashion defeating Derry in a comeback victory 18-25, 14-25, 25-12, 25-23, 15-8. on Friday night at Chartiers Valley High School.  

In the first two games Ambidge never led by more than two points early.  Ambridge led 5-3 in the first game when Derry went on a 12-5 run to take control of the game.  

In game two Ambridge led 4-2 and Derry scored the next 7 and cruised to victory.  Matt Vasinko had numerous kills for the Trojans. 

Game three Lee Smith for Ambridge came alive and pretty much was unstoppable.  

Game four Ambridge jumped to a 17-11 lead and Derry was able to make a comeback and cut the lead to 23-22 but Dan Zajac for Ambridge came up big to make it 24-22.  Derry's Jeremy Hauser made it 24-23 and Derry was serving to tie but Lee Smith made sure it would go to game five with a kill.  

It was all Smith in game five kills.  He had five kills and a block to lead the Bridgers to the championship.  Smith ended with 26 kills and 4 blocks unofficially.  Matt Vasinko led Derry with 15 kills unofficially. 

Both teams qualify for the PIAA tournament which starts Tuesday.

Ambridge  :  18 – 14 – 25 – 25 – 15
Derry  :  25 – 25 – 12 – 23 – 8

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