Volleyball

Carmichaels sweeps Greensburg Central Catholic in WPIAL Class A girls volleyball semis
October 31, 2018
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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Kindelberger leads Franklin Regional volleyball to opening-round upset over Laurel Highlands
October 25, 2018
Sometimes having a Division I talent can be the difference. Being unconditionally resilient helps, too. For No. 11 Franklin Regional, on Thursday night at Serra Catholic High School, the Panthers had both. Aly Kindelberger, a 6-foot-2 sophomore already receiving interest from at least one of the nation's top collegiate volleyball

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Greensburg Central Catholic volleyball rolls to 1st-round victory
October 24, 2018
Guarding against the prospects of another early exit from the WPIAL playoffs, Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball coach Courtney Stynchula used a different starting lineup for the third-seeded Centurions' first-round match Wednesday night against Jefferson-Morgan at Hempfield. The new-look Section 4-A champs responded with a 3-0 victory over the 14th-seeded

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Knoch, Freeport girls volleyball teams get top playoff seeds
October 22, 2018
The Knoch girls volleyball team won its first WPIAL championship last year, capturing the title in Class AAA. The Knights' journey also took them to their first PIAA crown. Freeport fell one win short of WPIAL Class AA gold in 2017, but the Yellowjackets rallied in the state playoffs and

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Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball using last season’s early exit as motivation for playoffs
To say the members of the Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball team remember last season's first-round loss would be a drastic understatement. Apparently, it was, and is, motivation for success. andquot;They talked about it so much, and how they wanted to win the section again,andquot; GCC coach Courtney Stynchula said.

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WPIAL releases girls volleyball playoff brackets
North Allegheny (Class AAAA), Knoch (AAA), Freeport (AA) and Bishop Canevin (A) are the top seeds in their respective classifications as the WPIAL girls volleyball playoffs are set to begin. All four postseason brackets were released Monday. The tournament begins Tuesday with five preliminary-round games - one in AAA and

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Standout duo, unbeaten Knoch volleyball team set to defend title
It doesn't take long into a Knoch volleyball match to see why Hannah Rowe and Kennedy Christy have been wreaking havoc on opponents all season. Rowe, an outside hitter, and Christy, a middle hitter, make their presence felt early and often with their ability to rise high above the net

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WPIAL girls volleyball rankings for week of Oct. 21, 2018
October 21, 2018
Here are the latest WPIAL girls volleyball rankings for the week of Oct. 21, 2018: Class 4A Team, record, previous 1. North Allegheny, 15-0, 1 2. Oakland Catholic, 12-4, 3 3. Baldwin, 13-1, 2 4. Bethel Park, 13-5, NR 5. Pine-Richland, 10-4, 4 Out: Butler, 9-7, 5 Class 3A 1.

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