Volleyball

Norwin’s Kate Botti (25) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Kiski Area during their match on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, at Kiski Area High School.
Norwin girls volleyball to rely on deep senior class entering Section 3-4A play
September 17, 2022
Norwin girls volleyball returns most of its rotation from last season’s WPIAL Class 4A playoff team.

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Kiski Area’s Madeline Joyce (4) celebrates with Sydney Joyce and Laci Safranyos (14) after defeating Norwin on Aug. 29, 2022, at Kiski.
Joyce sisters enjoying time together with Kiski Area volleyball
September 12, 2022
Maddie Joyce started playing organized volleyball in sixth grade, and at the time, she was hitting the ball around with older sister Sydney and mom, Robin, who enjoyed a standout career at Duquesne in the 1990s.

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Freeport’s Ava Soilis digs the ball out of danger during a match against North Allegheny on Aug. 29, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
Moon jumps to No. 1 in the Western PA Volleyball Coaches Association rankings
The Moon girls volleyball team opened Section 2-3A play with convincing victories over South Fayette, 3-1, and Oakland Catholic, 3-0, before going 10-0 and winning its own tournament on Saturday.

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Quaker Valley girls volleyball team has high hopes after strong start
September 11, 2022
Quaker Valley’s girls volleyball appears to be on the upswing.

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Fox Chapel girls volleyball shows early-season progress
September 10, 2022
After some recent struggles, it appears the Fox Chapel girls volleyball team is headed in the right direction.

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Franklin Regional girls volleyball coach Rachel Carter.
Franklin Regional girls volleyball leaning on senior-heavy rotation
Rachel Carter’s first season as coach of the Franklin Regional girls volleyball team was a getting-to-know-you time for the team’s new leader and its players.

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Hampton’s Lauren Gale plays against Freeport during the 2021 WPIAL Class 3A volleyball championships.
Runner-up finishes motivate Hampton girls volleyball to grab gold
The most successful season in program history was just the start for the Hampton girls volleyball team.

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Latrobe’s Lily Fenton returns for the 2021 volleyball season.
Latrobe’s Lily Fenton accepts preferred walk-on offer to play volleyball at Notre Dame
September 8, 2022
When it comes to her college plans, Lily Fenton is all “set.”

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Belle Vernon’s Gianna Anderson practices in advance 
of the 2022 season.
New coach leading Belle Vernon girls volleyball in quest for playoff appearance
September 6, 2022
Belle Vernon never has made the playoffs in girls volleyball.

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North Catholic tops Class 3A in latest WPIAL girls volleyball coaches rankings
WPIAL section play begins for girls volleyball Tuesday evening, and leading into the numerous matchups on the docket, the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Week 2 top-10 rankings.

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Freeport’s Ava Soilis with a dig against North Allegheny in a volleyball match Monday, Aug. 29, 2022 at North Allegheny High School.
Freeport volleyball sets sights on 18th straight section title
September 5, 2022
The Franklin Regional girls volleyball tournament has established itself as one of the premier events in the early fall season, and Freeport, a regular participant, knew it again would be tested against some of the top teams in the WPIAL.

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Gateway senior Avrey Ferczak sets to teammates during practice Aug. 31, 2022, at Gateway High School.
Gateway volleyball makes smooth transition to new head coach
September 4, 2022
There weren’t many introductions needed when Nicole Riley met her Gateway girls volleyball players on the first day of preseason camp Aug. 15.

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North Allegheny’s Carissa Treser spikes against Freeport during a volleyball match Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
Schedule toughens for 5-time defending PIAA champion North Allegheny girls volleyball team
September 3, 2022
Section 1 is smaller this season, so the North Allegheny girls volleyball team had to fill some open dates on its schedule.

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Kiski Area’s Kate Wigton (left) and Norwin’s Natalie Bertani battle at the net Sept. 13, 2021, at Kennedy Park. The same two teams will meet Monday for the outdoors Pack the Park Volleyball Classic.
Kiski Area, Norwin volleyball teams ready to play outdoors again
August 28, 2022
The Kiski Area and Norwin girls volleyball teams kick off their seasons Monday evening, and for the second year in a row, the rivals will take their nonsection matchup outside.

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Penn Hills’ Sarah Miller goes up for a block against Franklin Regional last season.
With experienced roster, Penn Hills volleyball ready to shake things up
The makeup of the Penn Hills girls volleyball team has Jay Mitlo approaching the upcoming season differently than in seasons past.

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Matt Episcopo steps into new role leading Brentwood girls volleyball
August 20, 2022
The Brentwood girls volleyball team will be facing some tall orders this season.

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Familiar face set to lead Gateway girls volleyball program
August 14, 2022
There is a reunion of sorts taking place within the Gateway varsity girls volleyball program.

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Pittsburgh Grass Open repeat champions, from left, Emmy Schrom of Hampton and Kyra Schmidt of North Allegheny
Hampton, North Allegheny standouts form unstoppable grass volleyball duo
August 6, 2022
Emmy Schrom is a talented 6-foot-1 junior outside hitter at Hampton.

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TIME TO SHINE
                                The senior members of the Quaker Valley girls volleyball team are, from left, Shayna Cunnard (3), Hannah Lubert (17) and Kathryn Karwoski (11). <span class='IDappliedStyle' title='InDesign: SemiBold'>Story, page 16.</span>
Tide rising for Quaker Valley girls volleyball team
July 31, 2022
The Quaker Valley volleyball team has it — the first full week of the season, that is — circled on the calendar.

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North Allegheny head coach Dan Schall gives instructions next to his son, Caleb, during their game against Seneca Valley on April 22.
16-time WPIAL champion boys volleyball coach Dan Schall steps down at North Allegheny
July 9, 2022
Walking away from a defending state champion can be a tough call for a coach, but North Allegheny’s Dan Schall found it “maybe a bit easier” after winning four in a row the way his Tigers just did.

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