Volleyball

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
October 13, 2019
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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Bishop Canevin’s Alexa Malloy reached the 1,000 career kills milestone on Sept. 26.
Bishop Canevin’s Alexa Malloy reaches milestone, eyes PIAA volleyball title
October 3, 2019
Seeing Bishop Canevin’s Alexa Malloy step onto a volleyball court, it would be easy to assume she is a defensive specialist. Her 5-foot-6 frame — maybe 5-7, if you ask coach Kevin Walters — looks the part.

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Hampton senior Claire Braun (4) competes against Franklin Regional during a scrimmage against Franklin Regional Aug. 27, 2019, at Franklin Regional.
Changes to program don’t slow Hampton volleyball
A coaching change can give a program a breath of fresh air, but new Hampton volleyball coach Mike Hansen wants his seniors to know that they’re the ones who deserve all the accolades.

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Deer Lakes’ Bryson Hazlett sets up a kill during the Lancers’ match against Valley Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at Deer Lakes High School.
Deer Lakes volleyball encouraged by performance in tough tests
September 29, 2019
Deer Lakes girls volleyball coach Terry Gaston always tells his team if it can get 20 points in a set against an opponent, it can win.

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Hempfield’s Maura Uschock defends against Indiana during Penn-Trafford’s varsity volleyball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
With new coach, Hempfield volleyball team back on top
Sometimes, teams endure growing pains while adjusting to a new coach.

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Coaches association releases latest WPIAL girls volleyball rankings
September 23, 2019
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Top 10 girls’ rankings for each of the four WPIAL classifications Monday, and the top teams in each poll maintain their positions as the fourth week of section play begins.

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Latrobe’s Sarah Vasinko earned a letter last season and moved into the Wildcats’ starting lineup this fall.
Latrobe volleyball hopes to gain momentum with healthy lineup
September 22, 2019
Reaching the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs was the goal last year for Latrobe’s girls volleyball team.

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Freeport senior Lauren Lampus (14) is introduced before their game against East Allegheny September 12, 2019.
Freeport volleyball seniors determined to return to top
Freeport setter Madeline Clark can still recall the feeling of walking off the floor after last year’s WPIAL semifinal loss to Frazier that ended the Yellowjackets’ 3-year run of making the district title game.

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Franklin Regional junior Aly Kindelberger (9) competes against Hampton during a scrimmage game August 27, 2019 at Franklin Regional.
Aly Kindelberger leads charge for Franklin Regional girls volleyball team
September 20, 2019
Every match seems like a new first for the Franklin Regional girls volleyball team.

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Fox Chapel’s Lauren Himmel (25) returns serve against Pine-Richland Sept. 5, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Fox Chapel girls volleyball hopes aggressive approach works
September 15, 2019
When describing how aggressive to be when spiking a volleyball, Fox Chapel coach Phil O’Keeffe likes to use a baseball analogy.

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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 girls volleyball returns plenty of offense
September 13, 2019
Thomas Jefferson girls volleyball coach Ron Kelly exudes confidence, and with good reason.

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Mandy Race is the only returning starter for the Brentwood girls volleyball team.
Brentwood volleyball hopes to contend with new lineup
The starting lineup for the Brentwood girls volleyball team will look different this season.

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Penn-Trafford volleyball craves return to WPIAL playoffs
The Penn-Trafford girls volleyball team has been a consistent presence in the WPIAL playoffs over the last decade. The Warriors have been in the postseason eight of the previous 10 years.

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Freshman Kaili Doctor has stepped into one of the outside hitter spots for Pine-Richland.
First-year coach has reloaded Pine-Richland volleyball team humming
First-year Pine-Richland volleyball coach Hanna Ayhan already has a firm grasp on the level of talent that this season’s squad possesses, and she has a clear vision of what the team is capable of.

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