Volleyball

Norwin’s Katelyn Kauffman heads the ball in front of Fox Chapel’s Carly Barnett during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at Norwin High School.
High school roundup for Oct. 24, 2019: Seneca Valley edges Moon in WPIAL girls soccer quarterfinals
October 24, 2019
Sometimes all it takes is one goal, and that adage rang true on Thursday at Mars High School as fifth-seeded Seneca Valley (13-3-2) took down third-seeded Moon (15-3-1) 1-0 in a Class AAAA girls soccer quarterfinal matchup.

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Unflappable approach carries Shaler volleyball to playoff season
Dealing with the nerves of being in a playoff match didn’t seem to rattle the Shaler Area girls volleyball program.

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Penn Hills’ Sarah Miller (12) competes during a scrimmage game.
Penn Hills takes lessons from volleyball season
Heading into the season, the Penn Hills girls volleyball team was expecting to improve on its seven-win season a year ago. However, everything changed immediately in their first match.

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North Allegheny enters girls volleyball playoffs as dangerous as ever
Pointing out a 63-match winning streak for the North Allegheny girls volleyball program somehow feels like underselling the Tigers’ story.

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Southmoreland’s Sarah Pisula puts a shot on Burrell’s Anna Novak during their WPIAL playoff match Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, at Norwin High School.
High school roundup for Oct. 22, 2019: Burrell opens WPIAL girls volleyball playoffs with win
October 22, 2019
Sara Novak had 17 kills and 19 digs to help Burrell (7-6) earn a 3-1 WPIAL girls volleyball Class AA preliminary round win over Southmoreland (10-6) at Norwin on Tuesday night.

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Maddie Clark helps run the Freeport offense against East Allegheny on Sept. 12, 2019.
WPIAL unveils girls volleyball playoff brackets
October 21, 2019
North Allegheny, Knoch, North Catholic and Bishop Canevin earned top seeds in their respective classifications as the WPIAL released girls volleyball playoff brackets Monday.

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Coaches association releases final WPIAL girls volleyball rankings
The WPIAL girls volleyball regular season has concluded, and the playoff pairings will be released early Monday afternoon.

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Derry’s Rylee Ellis (12) celebrates a kill with her teammates during their match against Burrell Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at Burrell High School.
Derry volleyball hopes for extended run in WPIAL playoffs
Getting past the first round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs has not been a problem for Derry’s girls volleyball team.

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Middle hitter Ashley Grine (left) and libero Gracie Heinke are part of a senior-filled lineup for Leechburg.
Senior-led Leechburg girls volleyball turns focus to playoffs
October 20, 2019
The best word to describe Leechburg girls volleyball in matches against the two teams in front of them in the Section 4-A standings is “close.”

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North Hills’ Meghan Dominek (2) prepares to serve during a scrimmage game August 28, 2019 at North Hills
North Hills volleyball focuses on season’s achievements
October 17, 2019
A WPIAL Class AAAA playoff berth was not in the cards this year for the North Hills girls volleyball team. However, that does not mean the season was a disappointment for the Indians.

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Chartiers Valley’s volleyball team is anchored by six seniors, Riley Pawlosky (from left), Julia O’Neil, Amaleen Malcolm, Valerie O’Neil, Liz Sarasnick and Bri Kesseler.
Chartiers Valley volleyball adapts to changes to make WPIAL playoffs
Two months ago, during a Chartiers Valley girls volleyball practice, the gym walls would reverberate mostly with the sound of bouncing balls and squeaking sneakers. Chatter was at a minimum.

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Knoch senior Skylar Burket returns serve during a scrimmage Aug. 24, 2019 at Freeport.
WPIAL Clinched: Girls volleyball playoff field through Tuesday
October 16, 2019
There is less than a week left in section play in WPIAL girls volleyball. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie all qualify for the postseason.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Emily Zaziski scores against Eden Christian Academy during a match Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Sewickley.
Greensburg Central Catholic volleyball ready for WPIAL playoffs
October 13, 2019
After winning WPIAL and PIAA Class A titles in 2016, Greensburg Central Catholic’s girls volleyball team has been searching for a way back to the top.

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Knoch’s Quinn Hughes (left) and Kennedy Christy compete during a scrimmage game August 24, 2019 at Freeport.
Knoch girls volleyball team doesn’t let success become distraction
The last few seasons for the Knoch girls volleyball team has been a special ride, with two WPIAL titles and a PIAA title. So as the postseason approaches, it is natural for the seniors to dream of finishing their careers with winning a third district title.

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The senior class on the 2019 Thomas Jefferson girls volleyball team is represented by, in front, from left, Natasha Yanief, Tanner Patrick, Tyler Turk, Jenna Kisner, Ashleigh Haines; in back, Anna Janosko, Abby Chalovich, Julia Putignano, Kaitlyn Urbanowicz and Isabella Regna.
Thomas Jefferson volleyball in midst of another successful season
October 11, 2019
Thomas Jefferson is closing in on its eighth consecutive section championship in girls volleyball.

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Shaler Area girls volleyball finding stride, clinches playoff spot
October 10, 2019
Developing a more unpredictable offense was the focus for the Shaler Area girls volleyball team.

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Southmoreland girls volleyball team digs in for final stretch
October 6, 2019
Southmoreland’s girls volleyball team is ready to make a push for a section title.

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Kiski Area celebrates after scoring against Franklin Regional Oct. 1, 2019 at Franklin Regional.
Kiski Area volleyball making steady climb in Section 1-AAA
The day before Thursday’s crucial Section 1-AAA match with Armstrong, Kiski Area libero Rebekah Fowler didn’t want to give too much away.

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Plum’s Caroline Hunter (14) competes against Norwin September 3, 2019 at Norwin.
Plum volleyball focused on strong finish
October 4, 2019
With the season winding down and the playoffs likely not in sight for the 2-9 Plum girls volleyball team, coach Kelsey Bonk is still focused on winning.

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Norwin’s Rachel Sullivan (25) and Victoria Nicholes (24) go to block against Plum’s Makayla Jackson (27) Sept. 3, 2019 at Norwin.
No steps backward for Norwin volleyball
The Norwin girls volleyball team entered the season as a relative unknown.

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