Volleyball

North Hills’ Emerson Spear (8) competes during a North Allegheny tournament March 23, 2019 at North Allegheny.
North Hills boys volleyball looking to turn corner
April 4, 2019
Over the last couple of seasons, the North Hills (1-2, 0-1) boys volleyball program has displayed steady improvement.

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North Allegheny, Derry lead WPIAL boys volleyball rankings
April 1, 2019
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Week 2 boys rankings Monday, and North Allegheny remains at the top in Class AAA.

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Norwin’s Jakob Bindas serves the ball against Plum during boys’ volleyball on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Norwin Senior High School.
WPIAL boys volleyball standings through March 31, 2019
March 31, 2019
Here are the latest WPIAL boys volleyball standings for section play in the 2019 season. The top four teams in each section qualify for the 2019 district playoffs, which begin in mid-May.

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Fox Chapel’s Kaya Akinci (11) goes for a block during a North Allegheny tournament March 23, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Fox Chapel volleyball hopes growth can snap playoff drought
Phil O’Keeffe is well into his second decade of coaching boys volleyball at Fox Chapel. So his calling the current group of Foxes the youngest team of his tenure is a significant statement.

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Pine-Richland’s David Pohlod (7) competes against Shaler March 26, 2019 at Shaler.
Pine-Richland volleyball looks to deliver on talent
March 29, 2019
The WPIAL Class AAA boys volleyball champion has emerged from Section 2-AAA in 15 of the past 16 seasons.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ethan Good (35) goes to block during a North Allegheny tournament March 23, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Penn-Trafford boys volleyball aims for another section title
The Penn-Trafford boys volleyball team jumped right into the thick of an intense battle in its season opener Tuesday night, and that was exactly what Warriors coach Jim Schall wanted to see to get a better handle on his team.

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Shaler junior Trapper Crain (right) moved to outside hitter this season after playing primarily as a libero.
Small, young Shaler Area volleyball team adapts scheme to find success
March 28, 2019
Trapper Crain knows the Shaler boys volleyball team isn’t likely to overpower opponents.

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Latrobe’s Reed Fenton (2) hits the ball back against Latrobe defenders Jake Tappe, right, and Jake Seruga during boys’ volleyball on Tuesday, March 27, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Latrobe boys volleyball team ready to make a run
March 27, 2019
Now is the time for Latrobe to make a run through the boys volleyball postseason. With 10 starters back and a senior-laden roster, the Wildcats have high hopes.

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Deer Lakes’ Devin Reiher during practice Monday, March 25, 2019 at Deer Lakes High School.
New-look Deer Lakes boys volleyball team looks to maintain high standard of success
March 25, 2019
Deer Lakes boys volleyball coach Brady Schuller said he had a couple of curveballs thrown his way last year with some injuries to key players in a season that ended one win short of a second consecutive PIAA playoff berth.

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Derry’s John Kerr (13) competes during a North Allegheny tournament March 23, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Derry volleyball faces challenging start to season
March 24, 2019
Derry’s boys volleyball team began the season ranked among the top WPIAL Class 2A teams.

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Thomas Jefferson boys volleyball hopes to battle for section title
March 15, 2019
Thomas Jefferson’s senior-laden boys volleyball team ended up 5-5 in section play last season.

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Plum outside hitter Andrew Wright prepares for the 2019 season March 13, 2019 at Plum High.
Plum volleyball hopes to take step forward this season
Plum’s boys volleyball team hopes the rebuilding project is a quick one.

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Charitable camp featuring USA Volleyball players coming to Moon in August
February 27, 2019
The top women’s college volleyball teams in the country are coming to Pittsburgh in December, and a few months before that, past and present members of the U.S. Olympic team will bring their charitable camp to the area as well.

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Baldwin volleyball reflects on another playoff season
December 14, 2018
It's becoming a regular feature of the Baldwin girls volleyball program. Baldwin finished as the WPIAL Class AAAA runner-up this season, marking the fourth time since 2014 the Highlanders have advanced to the WPIAL championship round. They were WPIAL titlists in 2014 and '15 and runners-up in '16 and '18.

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Oakland Catholic’s Cigna earns spot on all-state volleyball team
December 13, 2018
Taylor Cigna has the ability to play the full rotation on the volleyball court. Where the 5-foot-9 Oakland Catholic junior ends up playing depends on what time of year it is. As a member of an Eagles' team that reached the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals this fall, Cigna served as

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North Allegheny claims 2nd straight PIAA Class 4A girls volleyball crown
November 17, 2018
SILVER SPRING TOWNSHIP -- Dandamp;#233;jandamp;#224; vu was the theme Saturday night. North Allegheny faced Bishop Shanahan in the PIAA Class 4A girls volleyball finals for the second year in a row. Although the location was different, as were several of the players, the result was the same as North Allegheny

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Q&A with Pine-Richland volleyball twins Jiley, Maryellen Berger
November 16, 2018
This year's Pine-Richland girls volleyball team placed second in Section 1-AAAA, advanced to the WPIAL semifinal round for the first time since 2012 and ended up 12-5 overall. Several P-R netters earned Big 5/6 all-section accolades. Two seniors, Michaela Pettinato (outside hitter) and Maddie Schieder (libero), a Villanova commit, were

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Future bright for Baldwin girls volleyball
Baldwin's junior varsity girls volleyball team didn't take a back seat to many opponents this season, as the Highlanders finished with a 9-3 overall record. andquot;The JV girls this year did exactly what was expected of them,andquot; said Jenna Snyder, Baldwin's fourth-year junior varsity coach. andquot;They learned what it means

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Coaches, players preach mental toughness during 5-set volleyball matches
A fifth game in a volleyball match is one of the most tense, exciting experiences in sports. Every serve, hit and point is magnified five-fold. And momentum, already important in a match, is amplified. By the end of a fifth game, the athletes usually are exhausted. One team is ecstatic.

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Brentwood volleyball trio honored by WPIAL
Three members of the Brentwood girls volleyball squad landed first-team all-section honors this year. Seniors Anna Betz (middle hitter/defensive specialist), Brooke McQuillan (outside hitter/defensive specialist) and Natalie Murrio (outside hitter/defensive specialist), who helped spark the Spartans to a second-place tie in Section 3-A and a WPIAL playoff berth, received first-team

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