Volleyball

Freeport’s Alaina Whitlinger (center) celebrates with teammates after sweeping Plum the PIAA first round.
Various Alle-Kiski Valley schools change classifications
January 8, 2022
After many years of high-level contests in WPIAL Class 2A, including five seasons that resulted in WPIAL championships, the Freeport girls volleyball team made a move to Class 3A two years ago.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Rebecca Hess with a kill against Bishop Canevin during the WPIAL Class A volleyball championship on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Robert Morris UPMC Center.
Greensburg Central Catholic senior quartet earns all-WPIAL volleyball honors
December 21, 2021
After falling short of the PIAA playoffs in 2020, the Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball team didn’t let it happen again this season.

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St. Joseph’s Stella Swanson is a senior on the 2021 girls volleyball team.
A-K Valley senior spotlight: St. Joseph’s Stella Swanson
December 13, 2021
Stella Swanson started playing volleyball as a freshman at St. Joseph.

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Thomas Jefferson outside hitter honored for ‘outstanding’ season
December 4, 2021
Thomas Jefferson captured the Section 3-3A championship with an unblemished 12-0 record this season.

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Hampton celebrates beating Plum in five sets during the WPIAL Class 3A girls volleyball semifinals on Nov. 2.
Hampton athletes rack up championships during historic fall season
November 28, 2021
One year after a pandemic rattled WPIAL athletics, something else proved to be contagious at Hampton — winning.

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North Allegheny players celebrate their fifth straight PIAA girls volleyball title Nov. 20, 2021, at Cumberland Valley.
North Allegheny claims 5th straight PIAA volleyball title
November 24, 2021
SILVER SPRING TOWNSHIP — It is said to never wake up a sleeping bear. By beating North Allegheny in the first game of their PIAA girls volleyball championship match Nov. 20, Parkland might have woken the sleeping Tiger.

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Shaler’s Mia Schubert hits against North Allegheny’s Mia Tuman during the WPIAL Class 4A volleyball championship Nov. 6.
Senior class carries Shaler volleyball to historic heights
November 21, 2021
Paul Stadelman wasn’t sure if the message he was trying to sell might end up in the bargain bin.

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North Allegheny players celebrate their fifth straight PIAA girls volleyball title Nov. 20, 2021, at Cumberland Valley.
North Allegheny wins 5th straight PIAA Class 4A girls volleyball championship
November 20, 2021
SILVER SPRING TOWNSHIP — It is said to never wake up a sleeping bear. By beating North Allegheny in the first game of their PIAA girls volleyball championship match Saturday night, Parkland might have woken the sleeping Tiger.

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The Chartiers Valley girls volleyball team went 3-9 this season.
Slow start gave Chartiers Valley volleyball a big hill to climb
In her first season as coach of the Chartiers Valley girls volleyball program, Amanda Burgess guided the Colts to a fourth-place finish in Section 2-3A and a WPIAL playoff berth.

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North Allegheny tops Shaler, earns 5th consecutive trip to state volleyball finals
November 17, 2021
North Allegheny will try for No. 5.

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Hampton girls volleyball rallies past Freeport, reaches PIAA Class 3A final for 1st time
November 16, 2021
Two sets away from a trip to the state volleyball finals, perhaps the Freeport girls showed their age for the first time all season.

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Shaler’s Mia Schubert hits against North Allegheny’s Mia Tuman during the WPIAL Class 4A volleyball championship Nov. 6.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Nov. 16, 2021: Another chapter in volleyball’s hottest rivalry
November 15, 2021
A fourth fray in the final four of 4A.

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Freeport’s Sydney Selker spikes against Hampton’s Claudia Braun during the WPIAL Class 3A championship Nov. 6.
Freeport, Hampton clash for 4th time this season — in PIAAs
The final hurdle between Freeport girls volleyball and returning to a state championship game is a very familiar foe.

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Plum soccer’s Marissa Liberto
A-K Valley senior spotlight: Plum’s Marissa Liberto
Marissa Liberto

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North Allegheny’s Mia Tuman defends a shot against Shaler’s Mia Schubert and Cabndace Kozej (85) during the WPIAL Class 4A volleyball championship on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Robert Morris’ UPMC Events Center.
Fox Chapel to host semifinal doubleheader in PIAA girls volleyball tournament
November 14, 2021
Fox Chapel will host a semifinal doubleheader Tuesday night in the girls volleyball state tournament.

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Hampton’s Emmy Schrom hits past the Freeport block during the WPIAL Class 3A volleyball championship Nov. 6.
Hampton girls volleyball’s ‘amazing’ year highlighted by WPIAL finals trip, PIAA win
November 13, 2021
The Hampton girls volleyball team found a silver lining in its WPIAL Class 3A runner-up season.

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Freeport’s Cassidy Dell sets up a kill in front of Plum’s Maria Hunter (12) and Caroline Hunter during their PIAA Class 3A first round playoff match on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, at Freeport.
WPIAL girls volleyball teams learn sites, times for PIAA quarterfinals
November 10, 2021
Twelve WPIAL teams began the girls volleyball state playoffs on opening night Tuesday. Four saw their season come to an end while eight District 7 teams were winners and are moving on to Round 2.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Rebecca Hess is a member of the 2021 volleyball team.
Westmoreland County girls athlete of the week: Greensburg C.C.’s Rebecca Hess
Rebecca Hess

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Freeport’s Josie Russo (left) celebrates with Sydney Selker after a kill during their PIAA Class 3A first round playoff match against Plum on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, at Freeport.
Freeport volleyball avoids WPIAL title hangover, beats Plum in PIAA 1st-round match
November 9, 2021
Freeport girls volleyball coach Tom Phillips has always worried about the potential for a “hangover” from winning a WPIAL championship going into the first round of the state tournament.

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Seneca Valley’s Cole Kamarec works against Peters Township’s Connor Hoye during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Nov. 9, 2021: State soccer playoffs kick off
November 8, 2021
Even though the district-champion-only format for the PIAA playoffs in 2020 cut the state soccer playoffs from four rounds to three, it turned out to be a historic postseason for the WPIAL.

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