Volleyball

Freeport juniors Russo, Jack ready for ‘prime time’ in PIAA playoffs
November 8, 2018
Isabella Russo saw a couple of rotations for the Freeport girls volleyball team in last year's postseason run which culminated in a PIAA Class AA championship. The 6-foot junior middle hitter took advantage of training sessions at Pitt Elite in the offseason and returned this fall with expectations of an

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A-K Valley PIAA volleyball capsule: Saturday’s match
PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinals Knoch (23-0) vs. Dover (16-7) 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Hollidaysburg High School Winner plays: Winner of Warren/Thomas Jefferson Coaches: Diane Geist, Knoch; Brett Hoffman, Dover Players to watch: Kennedy Christy, Knoch; Emma Davis, Dover Service points: Knoch began the defense of its PIAA title with a tighter-than-expected

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North Allegheny volleyball team vows to avoid complacency during PIAA playoffs
Moving toward another appearance in the PIAA Class AAA girls volleyball final will require constantly tinkering. Compiling 44 straight match wins, the latest of which came during a 3-0 sweep of McDowell in the PIAA opening round last Tuesday, won't breed complacency for the North Allegheny girls volleyball team. The

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Seniors leave winning legacy for Hampton volleyball
To be the best, you have to beat the best. For the past three years, the Hampton girls volleyball team did just about everything else except that. It doesn't taint the season for the Talbots (10-4), who bowed out with a 3-1 loss in the WPIAL quarterfinals to Central Valley.

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Knoch wants to win at PIAAs for setter Fitzpatrick
November 7, 2018
Kerrie Fitzpatrick grew up watching her older sisters, Kaley and Kara, play volleyball at Knoch, so she's been around the program and the sport most of her life. andquot;My whole family plays, so I've been playing volleyball since I could hold a ball,andquot; Fitzpatrick said. As the Knights' lone senior,

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A-K Valley PIAA volleyball capsule: Saturday’s match
PIAA playoff preview capsule Girls volleyball Class AA Quarterfinals Freeport (17-3) vs. North Catholic (21-0) 1 p.m. Saturday at North Allegheny Winner plays: Winner of Bald Eagle/Corry Coaches: Tom Phillips, Freeport; Amanda Fetter, North Catholic Players to watch: Lauren Lampus, Freeport; Dominique Felix, North Catholic Service points: The WPIAL championship

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PIAA girls volleyball roundup: North Allegheny sweeps McDowell in 1st round
November 6, 2018
WPIAL champion North Allegheny took control early and didn't let up, rolling past District 10 champion McDowell, 3-0 (25-9, 25-12, 25-17), in a PIAA Class AAAA first-round girls volleyball match at North Catholic. North Allegheny will play State College in the PIAA quarterfinals Saturday at a time and site to

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WPIAL champion Knoch rallies past Elizabeth Forward in opening round of PIAA volleyball playoffs
With the gym buzzing with noise and the threat of being pushed to a fifth set by an energetic and upset-minded Elizabeth Forward on the horizon, Knoch summoned the moxie needed of a team that had won 46 matches in a row. When it came down to crunch time, the

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Freeport rebounds to sweep Redbank Valley in first round of PIAA playoffs
The Freeport girls volleyball team kept its goal of a second straight state championship alive Tuesday as it took down District 9 champion Redbank Valley in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs. The Yellowjackets opened sizeable leads in each game and claimed a 3-0 victory at DuBois

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Freeport volleyball sets sights on state title after coming up short in WPIAL
November 5, 2018
Freeport girls volleyball coach Tom Phillips was in an optimistic mood Monday after his team finished what he called a andquot;pretty upbeat and spirited practice.andquot; The Yellowjackets clean the slate and enter the PIAA Class AA playoffs Tuesday with the hopes of bouncing back from last Thursday's upset loss to

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Its WPIAL title defense complete, Knoch volleyball sets sights on PIAA repeat
With a second consecutive WPIAL championship in the books, Knoch girls volleyball is getting ready to start another title defense. Knoch swept Thomas Jefferson, 3-0, to win the Class AAA title Saturday at Fox Chapel and now turns its attention to the state tournament, starting with Elizabeth Forward in the

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A-K Valley PIAA volleyball capsules: Tuesday’s matches
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Class AAA Knoch (22-0) vs. Elizabeth Forward (13-5) 7 p.m. Tuesday, North Catholic Winner plays: Winner of Somerset/Dover on Saturday, site/time TBD Coaches: Diane Geist, Knoch; Kameron Smith, Elizabeth Forward Players to watch: Hannah Rowe, Knoch; Bri Spirnak, Elizabeth Forward Service points: Knoch, coming off its second consecutive

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WPIAL girls volleyball teams ready to begin PIAA playoffs
November 4, 2018
The WPIAL girls volleyball playoff tournaments have concluded, and the teams that remain alive are gearing up for what they hope are successful runs in the PIAA playoffs that begin Tuesday at sites all throughout the state. Sixteen teams are set for first-round matchups in each of the four classifications.

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North Allegheny earns revenge, beats Baldwin for WPIAL 4A volleyball title
November 3, 2018
There was recent history that couldn't be ignored when top-seeded North Allegheny and No. 2 Baldwin took the court for the WPIAL Class AAAA girls volleyball title game Saturday afternoon. Two years ago, the Highlanders entered the postseason as a No. 8 seed and busted everyone's bracket with an upset

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Knoch sweeps Thomas Jefferson to capture 2nd straight WPIAL volleyball title
Knoch girls volleyball coach Diane Geist talked with her team about staying calm in the moment. It turned out to be a good message, because every time Thomas Jefferson made a run to potentially steal a set, the Knights showed the resolve of a champion and successfully defended their title.

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North Catholic tops Frazier to win first girls volleyball title in school history
The North Catholic girls volleyball team didn't have much history on its side going into Saturday's WPIAL Class AA championship match. But the Trojans had something even better: the Felix sisters. Trojans outside hitter Dominique Felix anchored a front line that Frazier had no answer for as No. 2 seeded

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Fort Cherry blanks GCC to reach PIAA Class A volleyball playoffs
Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball's bid to qualify for the PIAA playoffs fell short with a 3-0 loss to Fort Cherry in the WPIAL Class A consolation game Saturday at Fox Chapel. The Rangers advanced to the state tournament, winning 25-21, 25-17, 25-21. Freshman Rebecca Hess led the Centurions with

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Bishop Canevin sweeps Carmichaels to earn another WPIAL girls volleyball championship
After receiving a scare in the semifinals, Bishop Canevin made sure there wasn't any drama in the championship match The top-seeded Crusaders swept No. 2 Carmichaels, 3-0, in 45 minutes to win their second consecutive WPIAL Class A girls volleyball title and fourth in six years Saturday at Fox Chapel.

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Thomas Jefferson volleyball program in good shape for future
November 2, 2018
Thomas Jefferson's girls volleyball team regularly churns out section championships. The Jaguars tied for first with Laurel Highlands in Section 3-AAA play this season. The TJ volleyball program can expect continued success in future years. The JV team finished with a 15-1 record this season, losing only to Central Valley

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Knoch volleyball ready to defend WPIAL Class AAA championship against TJ
Knoch girls volleyball will go for a second consecutive WPIAL Class AAA title when it faces No. 3 Thomas Jefferson at 4 p.m. Saturday at Fox Chapel, but a title defense wasn't something Knights coach Diane Geist talked about with her team on Day 1. Geist didn't bring up the

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