Volleyball

Burrell’s Taylor Barr spikes past Knock’s Karlee Buterbaugh (33) and Brynnae Coe on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 at Knoch High School.
Burrell girls volleyball building momentum under 1st-year coach
September 22, 2021
Burrell girls volleyball hit the victory column for the first time last Wednesday under new coach Alyson Shirey.

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Derry girls volleyball aims to continue long run of postseason berths
September 21, 2021
Call Derry girls volleyball coach Brock Smith a perfectionist of sorts, though it’s far from a flawless setting.

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Freeport’s Amber Shirey digs the ball in a match with Highlands on Sept. 9, 2021, at Highlands High School.
Volleyball coaches association releases Week 3 WPIAL girls rankings
September 20, 2021
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its WPIAL girls top-10 poll for Week 3 on Monday, and there is a change at the top in Class 3A.

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The Riverview girls volleyball team listens to coach Emily Konter in a timeout during a Section 1-4A match at Apollo-Ridge on Sept. 15, 2021.
Riverview girls volleyball riding high after defeating No. 8 Apollo-Ridge
September 19, 2021
The Riverview girls volleyball team is not the biggest in terms of roster numbers with just 14 from freshmen to seniors, but the Raiders are playing big so far in the 2021 season.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Rebecca Hess scores past Bishop Canevin’s Kyla Hartoyo during their match Sept. 13.
Greensburg CC girls volleyball has sights set on WPIAL title after falling short last season
September 15, 2021
It’s not likely to be a situation where a new coach inherits a talented team, then appears to be a genius if the team goes on to new heights.

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Freeport’s Josie Russo goes up for a hit against Highlands on Sept. 9, 2021, at Highlands High School.
Volleyball coaches association releases Week 2 WPIAL girls rankings
September 13, 2021
The Western PA Volleyball Coaches Association’s WPIAL girls volleyball top-10 rankings for Week 2 were released Monday morning after the opening week of section competition, additional nonsection matches and a quartet of tournaments Saturday.

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With strong senior class, Valley volleyball looking to pick up wins on, off court
At Valley, life lessons are handed out as frequently as volleyball lessons by coach April Stone.

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The outdoor court at Kennedy Park in Vandergrift, named in memory of longtime area volleyball coach Ellen Toy, will host the Kiski Area and Norwin girls volleyball teams Monday evening.
Kiski Area, Norwin volleyball teams ‘fired up’ to play in special outdoor event
September 12, 2021
The Kiski Area and Norwin girls volleyball teams are set to meet Monday, but not in the usual gymnasium setting.

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Norwin girls volleyball motivated to find success
September 11, 2021
Years ago, Norwin’s girls volleyball program was the standard bearer for WPIAL championships.

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Franklin Regional girls volleyball embraces changes
It’s not exactly a hot take by Rachel Frye, the new Franklin Regional girls volleyball coach, when she says her team will be watched by many this season.

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Patience required as Fox Chapel volleyball program rebuilds
The key word for the Fox Chapel girls volleyball program this year — and maybe even next year — is patience.

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Leechburg’s Kalli Grine returns for the 2021 season.
Leechburg’s Grine relies on height, skills, confidence for promising senior season
September 10, 2021
Kalli Grine has been the tallest girl in her class dating to elementary school, so she always has been an intimidating presence on the volleyball court.

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Sisters on the Apollo-Ridge girls volleyball team are (from left) Maeggie Wysocki, Morghan Wysocki, Brinley Toland, Kylar Toland, Cheryl Gerheim and Isabel Gerheim.
3 sets of sisters help bolster lineup for Apollo-Ridge girls volleyball
September 9, 2021
The Apollo-Ridge girls volleyball team will be a sister act this fall.

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Volleyball coaches association releases Week 1 rankings as WPIAL kicks off regular season
September 6, 2021
It was a busy opening weekend to the 2021 season for many WPIAL girls volleyball teams with dual-match and tournament action.

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Young St. Joseph girls volleyball team building toward future
Because the covid-19 pandemic delayed fall sports in 2020, the St. Joseph girls volleyball team had one practice and went right into games. Needless to say, a more normal schedule this year was welcomed.

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Franklin Regional’s Sydney Breitkreutz dives for the ball defending against DuBois on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 in girls’ volleyball at Franklin Regional High School.
New look Franklin Regional girls volleyball maintains lofty expectations
September 5, 2021
A new chapter in the Franklin Regional girls volleyball program will be written in 2021 following a season unlike any other.

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Gateway’s Amaya Robinson during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2021 at Gateway High School.
Deep senior class returns to lead Gateway girls volleyball
When Kayla Taylor arrived in Monroeville in July as the new head coach of the Gateway girls volleyball team, she wasn’t familiar with much in the program, including its players.

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Penn Hills girls volleyball coach Jay Mitlo calls his team 
“a resilient bunch.”
Resilient Penn Hills girls volleyball team working to achieve goals
Taylor Slaughter has inspiration every time she heads into the Penn Hills girls volleyball team’s locker room.

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Grace Thompson is one of three returnees with starting experience from last year’s section champion Plum team.
Plum girls volleyball aims to defend section championship
With the loss of eight seniors, including six who played major roles, from last year’s Section 1-3A championship team, Plum girls volleyball coach Kelsey Bonk knew coming into this season there would be a lot of competition for starting spots in the rotation.

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The North Allegheny girls volleyball team celebrates with the WPIAL Class 4A championship trophy after defeating Shaler on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at Chartiers Valley.
Volleyball coaches association releases preseason WPIAL girls rankings
August 30, 2021
Girls volleyball teams in the WPIAL officially begin their seasons Friday and Saturday with matches and tournaments all throughout the region.

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