Volleyball

Deer Lakes’ Christiana Saldamarco works on setting during practice Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, at Deer Lakes High School.
Deer Lakes volleyball on verge of section title
October 19, 2020
The Deer Lakes girls volleyball team is one win away from its first section championship since 1991.

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Hampton’s Kate Hovanec makes a defensive plays against Freeport on Oct. 13, 2020, at Hampton.
North Allegheny regains top Class 4A spot in girls volleyball coaches association rankings
The WPIAL girls volleyball regular season ends later this week, and a couple of section titles and playoff berths remain up for grabs.

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Freeport’s Cassidy Dell plays against Hampton Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 at Hampton High School.
WPIAL girls volleyball playoff clinchings through Oct. 18, 2020
October 18, 2020
The WPIAL girls volleyball regular season has one week left. 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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Leechburg senior McKenna Pierce sets during practice Oct. 8, 2020, at Leechburg High School.
Leechburg volleyball building to section showdown
October 12, 2020
The Leechburg girls volleyball team has lost only one match this season.

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Freeport Area’s Josephine Russo plays against Knoch Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 at Knoch High School.
WPIAL girls volleyball playoff clinchings through Oct. 11, 2020
October 11, 2020
The WPIAL girls volleyball regular season has two weeks left. 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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Norwin’s Brooke Gast (12) competes against Plum last season.
Norwin volleyball eyes extension of strange covid-19 season
October 10, 2020
Norwin senior volleyball player Brooke Gast still is adjusting to covid-19 times, where few fans, if any, are permitted in gymnasiums, and rally points hit gym floors with a pronounced echo.

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New Hampton volleyball coach ‘strong leader’
Annie Bozzo is Hampton’s third girls volleyball coach in as many years, but the transition appears to be smooth.

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Hampton’s Julia Resch competes during a recent game.
Hampton senior Resch vocal leader for volleyball team
For the past two years, Hampton’s Julia Resch has drawn loud cheers before her volleyball matches even start.

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Freeport sophomore Cassidy Dell looks to make a play against rival Knoch on Sept. 15, 2020, at Knoch High School.
Perennial power Freeport volleyball ‘work in progress’
October 4, 2020
The Freeport girls volleyball team on Monday begins a stretch of three games in three days and kicks off the second half of its Section 5-AAA schedule with a trip to Mars.

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Plum seniors Julia Vargo, at left, and Makayla Jackson set up to receive a serve in warmups before a section match with McKeesport on Sept. 17, 2020, at Plum High School.
Plum volleyball turns to extensive experience for rebound
September 26, 2020
The Plum girls volleyball team made the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs in 2017, going 7-5 in section play.

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Franklin Regional’s Nicole Currens (29) competes against Kiski Area Oct. 1, 2019, at Franklin Regional.
Franklin Regional girls volleyball embraces No. 1 ranking
When the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its first set of rankings for the new season, Franklin Regional players and coaches were surprised, thrilled and honored to see their team No. 1 in Class AAA.

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Riverview girls volleyball team captains for the 2020 season are, from left, seniors Katie Zatawski, Lizza Novikova and Alexis Sykes.
Riverview girls volleyball learning from early season setbacks
Lauren Dugan isn’t taking any of her volleyball practices or matches for granted this fall.

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Top-ranked girls volleyball teams keep positions in coaches rankings
September 21, 2020
WPIAL girls volleyball competition turns to Week 2, and section races are heating up in the four classifications.

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Plum seniors Julia Vargo, at left, and Makayla Jackson set up to receive a serve in warmups before a section match with McKeesport on Sept. 17, 2020, at Plum High School.
Alle-Kiski Valley flush with volleyball prowess
September 20, 2020
When Plum girls volleyball coach Kelsey Bonk observed her team’s senior night ceremony Thursday before a match with McKeesport, she was reminded of the potential for the season with a rather experienced squad.

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Gateway’s Alexis Margolis (14) competes against Armstrong Sept.26, 2019 at Gateway.
Gateway volleyball adjusts to move to Class 4A
Gateway girls volleyball coach Phil Randolph said last season ended with a framework established that can lead to a turnaround in the program’s fortunes.

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South Fayette’s Lilah Speca spikes against Knoch during a playoff game last year.
South Fayette, Chartiers Valley have pieces in place to return to volleyball playoffs
After a delay of a couple of weeks, the 2020 WPIAL girls volleyball season has begun.

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The senior class on the 2020 Brentwood girls volleyball team includes, from left, Sidney Wuenschell (24), Keara Torrelli (10), Cesia Garcia (7), Taylor Davis (26), Abbey Czerwien (4), Hanaa Ghassa (30) and Calli Kammermeier (12).
Seniors energize Brentwood volleyball team
Two impact players on the Brentwood girls volleyball team are seniors Sidney Wuenschell and Calli Kammermeier.

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North Hills girls volleyball coach Vicky Danko is in her second season on the bench.
Fast start provides boost to North Hills girls volleyball team
September 19, 2020
Getting on the court was a victory in itself, but the North Hills girls volleyball team took it a step further when it kicked off its season Sept. 15.

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Baldwin’s Heidi Johnston (6) competes during a match in 2019.
Chapla, Johnston return to lead Baldwin girls volleyball
September 10, 2020
Two mainstays in the Baldwin girls volleyball team are Alexa Chapla and Heidi Johnston.

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Hampton’s Kai Herchenroether (18) competes against Franklin Regional in August 2019 during a scrimmage.
New coach set to lead Hampton girls volleyball
The 2020 season will be most memorable for Hampton coach Annie Bozzo.

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