Volleyball

Plum’s Makyala Jackson (left) celebrates a point with teammates during their match on Oct. 20, 2020, at Kiski Area.
North Allegheny, Beaver, North Catholic, Bishop Canevin earn top seeds for WPIAL girls volleyball playoffs
October 26, 2020
North Allegheny, Beaver, North Catholic and Bishop Canevin were selected as top seeds as the WPIAL girls volleyball committee finalized and released the playoff brackets Monday afternoon.

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North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar celebrates a kill with Mia Tuman during the Tigers’ match against Pine-Richland on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in McCandless.
North Allegheny, Beaver, North Catholic, Bishop Canevin top final girls volleyball rankings
With the regular season in the books, hopes turn to WPIAL gold as the playoffs begin this week.

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Pine-Richland volleyball shows promise, character in playoff season
October 25, 2020
Pine-Richland’s volleyball season has been a series of glimpses into the team’s potential.

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Plum’s Megan Bologna scores against Kiski Area’s Brook Endress during an Oct. 20 match at Kiski Area High School. Plum won, 3-1.
Plum girls volleyball claims 16th section title in program history
The Plum girls volleyball team returned to the top last week as they clinched the program’s first section championship since 2011.

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North Allegheny’s Jadyn Perkins scores over Pine-Richland’s Makayla Roy next to Paige Miller during their match on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in McCandless.
WPIAL girls volleyball playoff clinchings through Oct. 22, 2020
October 23, 2020
The WPIAL girls volleyball regular season has come to an end, sort of. There is at least one more playoff spot up for grabs in a match on Saturday plus a spot undecided in both Class AAA and AA.

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Norwin girls volleyball, Latrobe boys soccer shut down because of covid-19 concerns
October 20, 2020
The Norwin girls volleyball and Latrobe boys soccer teams have shut down for 14 days because of possible exposure to covid-19.

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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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