Volleyball

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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Frazier upsets defending state champion Freeport in WPIAL Class AA volleyball semifinals
November 1, 2018
Freeport dominated WPIAL Class AA for much of the last decade, but the Yellowjackets met their match against one of the newest teams in the classification. Upstart Frazier, which moved up from Class A in the offseason, stunned defending PIAA champion Freeport, taking down the top-seeded Yellowjackets, 3-1, in a

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Knoch volleyball sweeps Central Valley to return to WPIAL title game
Prior to Thursday's WPIAL Class AAA semifinal, Knoch girls volleyball coach Diane Geist said one of the keys to playing Section 3 rival Central Valley was riding out the storm of consecutive points the Warriors can put up in any given set. The Warriors had a storm brewing early, taking

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Thomas Jefferson, North Catholic advance to WPIAL volleyball finals
The Thomas Jefferson girls volleyball is heading to the WPIAL championship match for the first time in four years after earning a 3-1 victory over No. 10 Elizabeth Forward in the Class AAA semifinals Thursday night at Norwin. The No. 3 Jaguars won by scores of 25-22, 18-25, 25-22 and

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Knoch volleyball to collide with Central Valley in WPIAL semifinals
October 31, 2018
Knoch girls volleyball finds itself one win away from being able to defend its WPIAL Class AAA title, but standing in the way is the opponent that has tested the Knights the most this season. The top-seeded Knights play Section 3 rival and fourth-seeded Central Valley at 7:30 p.m. Thursday

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Baldwin volleyball rallies past Pine-Richland in WPIAL semifinals
After losing the first two games to Pine-Richland, Baldwin girls volleyball rallied in Games 3 and 4 to tie the score at 2-all. Baldwin won a tense and exciting Game 5, 15-11, snapping an 11-11 stalemate with four consecutive points at the end to earn a 3-2 victory in the

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Carmichaels sweeps Greensburg Central Catholic in WPIAL Class A girls volleyball semis
If the Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball team planned to make it back to the WPIAL Class A championship, the Centurions needed to do it without senior middle hitter Sarah Petnuch, who battled through injuries all season, during a semifinal matchup against Carmichaels. The No. 3 Centurions (16-1) mission for

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Carlynton girls volleyball comes together late in season
Only in the end did the Carlynton girls volleyball team realize its full potential. And while the epiphany came too late to extend its WPIAL Class AA playoff run past the preliminary round -- the Cougars lost 3-1 to Burrell -- the die has been cast for future teams. Under

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Freeport volleyball focused on bringing best effort in WPIAL semifinals
With his team already qualified for the PIAA volleyball playoffs, Freeport coach Tom Phillips describes the next two rounds of the WPIAL postseason as metaphorical cherries on top of the sundae. The Yellowjackets certainly still want their just desserts. No. 1 Freeport, in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals for the

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Freeport volleyball earns WPIAL quarterfinal victory
October 30, 2018
Freeport still is searching for its best performance, but the Yellowjackets have a chance to find it in the WPIAL semifinals. Ally DeJidas tallied a team-high 12 kills and Lauren Lampus added 11 to lead Class AA No. 1 Freeport to a 3-0 sweep of No. 8 Seton LaSalle in

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Knoch sweeps Kiski Area in WPIAL Class AAA volleyball quarterfinals
From Kennedy Christy, Hannah Rowe and Skylar Burkett spiking the ball down from the front row, to Kerrie Fitzpatrick setting them up and Kenzie Kerkan digging out kill attempts in the back row, Knoch girls volleyball looked every bit the part of a defending WPIAL and PIAA champion Tuesday night.

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Thomas Jefferson volleyball holds off Franklin Regional in WPIAL quarterfinals
Franklin Regional battled No. 3-seeded Thomas Jefferson for five sets and more than two hours but fell just short in its upset bid in the WPIAL Class AAA girls volleyball quarterfinals Tuesday. The Jaguars edged Franklin Regional, 3-2, with a 15-12 victory in the fifth set of a best-of-five match.

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No. 2 North Catholic girls volleyball too much for Derry in quarterfinals
Derry girls volleyball coach Brock Smith was proud of the fight his team showed against North Catholic, which he called one of the best teams his group has faced all season. But No. 2 North Catholic used long runs to win the first two sets comfortably and earned a 3-0

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Pine-Richland wins thrilling 5-set quarterfinal match over Norwin
October 29, 2018
Trailing 14-8 in a winner-take-all fifth set with a trip to the semifinals in Class 4A on the line, No. 3-seeded Pine-Richland used a strong run to force a win-by-two situation, and eventually defeated No. 6 Norwin, 17-15, to win a WPIAL Class AAAA girls volleyball quarterfinal 3-2 on Monday

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Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball advances to semifinals
No. 3 Greensburg Central Catholic withstood two persistent sets by No. 6 Brentwood, but prevailed for a 3-0 victory in the WPIAL Class A quarterfinals Friday night at Oakland Catholic. Despite no one recording more than two kills, the Centurions were able to use strong serves to throw Brentwood off

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A-K Valley girls volleyball capsules: Tuesday’s quarterfinals
girls volleyball Class AAA Quarterfinals No. 1 Knoch (19-0) vs. No. 8 Kiski Area (12-3) 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at North Allegheny Winner plays: Winner of No. 4 Central Valley/No. 12 Hampton Coaches: Diane Geist, Knoch; Paul Tomlinson, Kiski Area Players to watch: Hannah Rowe, Jr., OH, Knoch; Cassie Shoupe Sr.,

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Young athletes to play key roles for Brentwood girls volleyball
October 26, 2018
Expect a rigorous rebuilding process in the Brentwood girls volleyball program for next season. Six senior members of the varsity team will graduate in the spring; five other players rounded out the squad. Team leaders for 2019 will emerge from juniors Mandy Race (MH), Jaden Schwartz (S/DS), Sarah Livingston (OH/DS);

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Penn Hills girls volleyball displays improvement throughout season
The theme for the Penn Hills girls volleyball team was andquot;Trust the Team.andquot; That theme was tested on and off the court this season. The Indians finished 7-10 overall with a 2-10 record in Section 3-4A. Penn Hills captured wins over Gateway, Woodland Hills, Carrick, Allderdice and Trinity Christian, while

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Shaler volleyball team earns 1st-round victory
Peaking at the right time has the Shaler girls volleyball team marching into the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals. Scoring a 3-1 (25-17, 25-16, 16-25, 25-22) upset victory against Hempfield on the road Wednesday night gave the Titans their first playoff victory since 2013. There has been little which has cooled

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