Volleyball

Hometown Volleyball Match Recap: AVONWORTH ANTELOPES 3 – Quaker Valley Quakers 2
October 15, 2013
In Hometown Volleyball action the Avonworth Antelopes defeat the Quaker Valley Quakers 3-2 in a back and forth match. Game scores were 25-12, 25-22, 14-25, 24-26, and 16-14.It was a non conference match up, and both teams had clinched playoff berths. QV in AA, and Avonworth in single A. This match was a tune up for the playoffs. The Quakers were on a one game losing streak while the Antelopes had lost three straight, two of them section games.The first game was all Avonworth as the girls were firing on all cylinders. The Lopes never trailed and took a close 14-10 game to 23-10 with great serving by Abby Oberdick and Ericka Thomas. QV had all sorts of problems on service receive and Avonworth won 25-12.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 10/13/2013
October 13, 2013
The 'Stretch Run' of the 2013 high school football regular season continues with a bang this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have a busy eighth week of the high school football season with FORTY ONE WPIAL, District 6 and District 9 football games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Friday night kicking off with the expanded MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding with the one and only WPIAL High School Football Scoreboard Show.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Girls Volleyball – 10/11/2013
October 11, 2013
Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls volleyball rankings for the week ending October 11th...including another NEW #1 team in Class AA. You can check out the new rankings every Friday through the regular season with daily updated girls volleyball standings and weekly matches as well all here on the home for the Hometown Volleyball Program, the MSA Sports Network.Section record in parenthesis.WPIAL CLASS AAA: 1)   NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (10-0) (Last Week #1)2)   SHALER TITANS  (10-0) (Last Week #2)3)   PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (9-1) (Last Week #3)4)   OAKLAND CATHOLIC EAGLES  (9-1) (Last Week #4)

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Hometown Volleyball Match Recap: Beaver Bobcats 3 – BLACKHAWK COUGARS 1
October 9, 2013
In Hometown Volleyball action between the Blackhawk Cougars and the Beaver Bobcats at Blackhawk high school, Beaver wins the match 3-1. Game scores were, 25-18, 19-25, 25-22, 25-14.Both teams came into this pivotal section 1 AA match tied with identical 7-1 records and tied for first place with section rival Hopewell. All three teams have clinched a playoff berth, but we're tied as Beaver had a win over Blackhawk, and Hopewell over Beaver, and Blackhawk over Hopewell. This match tonite went a long way to determine the section champion and playoff position.The Cougars play Hopewell next week, while Beaver will take on the Vikings this Thursday night.

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Hometown Volleyball Match Recap: CHARTIERS-HOUSTON BUCCANEERS 3- Avella Eagles 0
The Chartiers-Houston Buccaneers (3-7 in section play) hosted the Avella Eagles (2-8) in a late season section matchup on a cool Tuesday night in October. The Bucs came out with a solid 3-0 victory to add another win to their section resume.The first game stayed close the entire time with each team trading barbs back and forth for a quite a while. At one point in the game, both teams were tied 11-11. This proved to be an important part in this game and each one after. All 3 games saw this 11-11 similarity and that was the point where the Bucs took over. Sophomore right side hitter and co-captain Kylee Levers led the way with a team high 6 kills in game one. She also added an ace in service to catapult the Bucs to an early 1-0 lead.

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Hometown Volleyball Match Recap: SOUTH SIDE BEAVER RAMS 3 – Beaver County Christian Eagles 1
October 8, 2013
The South Side Rams had little trouble with the Beaver County Christian Eagles Monday night in Hookstown coming away with a solid, if not inspiring 3-1 on their home floor, in a non-section match.The Rams rolled in game one behind the setting of senior Samantha Gibson and the kills of Cheyenne Seik and sophomore Toni Yacoviello rattling off nine straight at one point to build the lead to 20-8 before finishing 25-18.The Eagles responded in game two with a pretty convincing 25-12 win behind some great play from Emily Havrankek, Mia Padgett, and Dalashay Whitehead, never allowing South Side to string together more than two points in a row in the game.

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MSA Sports Hometown Girls Volleyball Salute – WEST ALLEGHENY INDIANS
October 7, 2013
Now in their second year in Class AAA, the West Allegheny Indians look forward to competing for a playoff spot in this 2013 season.The Indians returned 4 starters, led by all WPIAL junior setter Tara Savisky. "Tara is in my opinion the best setter in the WPIAL and a fantastic competitor", said head coach Brian Begor.Also leading the charge Is senior Alexi Hamm who has worked very hard to develop into a quality player. Also playing key roles are seniors Jenna Reilly, Lizzie Murn, and juniors Rachel Buck and Nicole Ostrander. Sophomore Alyssa Placha continues to improve every day in the libero position and sisters Sam and Lauren Schaupp have provided some good play in serving and defensive roles.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 10/06/2013
October 6, 2013
The 'Stretch Run' of the 2013 high school football regular season begins with a bang this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have a busy seventh week of the high school football season with FORTY WPIAL, District 6 and District 9 football games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Friday night kicking off with the expanded MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding with the one and only WPIAL High School Football Scoreboard Show.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Girls Volleyball – 10/04/2013
October 4, 2013
Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls volleyball rankings for the week ending October 4th...including a NEW #1 team in Class AA. You can check out the new rankings every Friday through the regular season with daily updated girls volleyball standings and weekly matches as well all here on the home for the Hometown Volleyball Program, the MSA Sports Network.Section record in parenthesis.WPIAL CLASS AAA: 1)   NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (8-0) (Last Week #1)2)   SHALER TITANS  (9-0) (Last Week #2)3)   PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (7-1) (Last Week #3)4)   OAKLAND CATHOLIC EAGLES  (7-1) (Last Week #4)

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Hometown Volleyball Match Recap: Bethel Park Black Hawks 3 – WEST ALLEGHENY INDIANS 1
At West Allegheny High School the Bethel Park Blackhawks win a AAA Section 5 match over the West Allegheny Indians by a 3-1 match score.It was Dig Pink Nite at West A. The girls all wore tye dye warm ups with the statement "two teams, one cause" as the night was a way to raise funds for fighting breast cancer. Youth cheerleaders were in attendance and formed a gauntlet for the Indians as they were announced to the crowd, there were raffles, and bake sales and the whole West Allegheny community supported the cause.

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Hometown Volleyball Match Recap: Knoch Knights 3 – FREEPORT YELLOWJACKETS 2
The Freeport Yellowjackets' Girls' Volleyball team had been running roughshod over all of its competition going into the return match with the Knoch Knights.  The two squads met back on September 10, and the Yellowjackets embarrassed the Knights, 3-0, on Knoch's own home court.  The Knights had quite a bit of time to think about revenge since then, and they jumped on the unbeaten Yellowjackets in Game 1, winning 25-21, on huge kills from Celina Sanks and Mary Zellhart. The Jackets pulled to within one at 22-21, but could get no further than that.  

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Hometown Volleyball Match Recap: Serra Catholic Eagles 3 – BRENTWOOD SPARTANS 0
October 1, 2013
The Brentwood Spartans Girls' Volleyball team came into their matchup with the Serra Catholic Eagles tied for 3rd place in Class A Section 2 with Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic at 4-3.  The Eagles have run over all of their competition en route to a perfect 7-0 record in the section.  The first meeting between these two teams resulted in a 3-0 win for the Eagles back on September 11 in McKeesport.  Even thought the venue for this matchup was different, the result was just the same as Sera Catholic continued to demonstrate their continuity throughout the floor thanks to the service games of Melanie Mills,Gabriella Piccolino, Erin Thomas, and Michelle Alfer, and the killing abilities of freshman Lauren Kolenik and senior Christina Pici.  

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2013 MSA Sports Hometown Volleyball Program Member – The Avonworth Antelopes
September 29, 2013
This is my 13th year as head coach. Hope it’s not unlucky, but we already have two girls who had season ending injuries from basketball. We hope to compete for the section championship and go deeper into the playoffs than last season.  But, we have a very solid and very big team this season and we think that we can compete with anyone. The returning starters for my team are: Katie Pendrak - 6’1” returning senior middle hitter Olivia London - 5’10” returning senior strong side hitterAbby Turnbull – 5’4” returning senior defensive specialistEricka Thomas – 5’5” returning senior defensive specialist

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 09/29/2013
There is more WPIAL gold as we head to the course twice as September slides into October this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have a busy sixth week of the high school football season with FORTY-TWO WPIAL, District 6 and District 9 football games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Friday night kicking off with the expanded MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding with the one and only WPIAL High School Football Scoreboard Show.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Girls Volleyball – 09/27/2013
September 27, 2013
Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls volleyball rankings for the week ending September 27th...including a NEW #1 team in Class A. You can check out the new rankings every Friday through the regular season with daily updated girls volleyball standings and weekly matches as well all here on the home for the Hometown Volleyball Program, the MSA Sports Network.Section record in parenthesis.WPIAL CLASS AAA: 1)   NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (6-0) (Last Week #1)2)   SHALER TITANS  (5-0) (Last Week #5)3)   PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (5-1) (Last Week #4)4)   OAKLAND CATHOLIC EAGLES  (6-1) (Last Week #2)

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WPIAL Girls Volleyball Standings – 09/26/2013
September 26, 2013
Here are the latest WPIAL girls volleyball standings for the 2013 season. Standings will be updated daily through the regular season, leading up to MSA Sports EXCLUSIVE coverage of the 2013 WPIAL Girls Volleyball Playoffs in October. Also, don't forget to click on the Girls Volleyball sports page for information on the 2013 MSA Sports Hometown Girls Volleyball Program and don't miss the Hometown Girls Volleyball Show every Monday night at 7:00pm here on MSA Sports.Only section record is shown.MSA Sports Hometown Girls Volleyball Program teams are capitalized and bolded.(Top 3 teams from each section qualify for playoffs) # = Clinched Section Title * = Clinched Playoff Berth x = Eliminated From Playoff Chase

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Hometown Volleyball Match Recap: FREEPORT YELLOWJACKETS 3 – Seton-LaSalle Rebels 0
The number one team in the MSA Sports Class AA Volleyball rankings showed up to impress in their first appearance as a hometown volleyball team on the MSA Sports Network. Freeport (7-0) jumped out to an early lead leaning on Senior Alexis Schrecengost for her power at the net and Sophomore Zoe Pawlak at the net and service line. Whether it was Pawlak's jump serve or a combination her and Schrecengost at the net in game one Seton-La Salle (5-1) had no answer. Freeport was able to set up their offense and win game one with a score of 25-19.

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Hometown Volleyball Match Recap: SOUTH SIDE BEAVER RAMS 3 – Central Valley Warriors 1
In what head coach Jason Benkowski called their best match of the year, the Class A South Side Rams soundly defeated Class AA Central Valley 3-1 at home on Tuesday night. Having won three of their last four matches, the Rams controlled things from the service line from the onset of this match. Alexis Dhayer and Cheyenne Seik served in dominant fashion to give South Side a decisive 25-19 victory in the first game of the match.The Rams continued to be the better of the two teams when it came to both serving and passing in game two as well. Sarah Androlia and Amanda Fraser had stretches of serving brilliance, allowing the Rams to rush out to an early lead and, eventually, a 25-18 victory in game two.

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Hometown Volleyball Match Recap: BLACKHAWK COUGARS 3 – Hopewell Vikings 2
September 24, 2013
The Blackhawk Cougars rallied from a 0-2 deficit to defeat the 2nd ranked Hopewell Vikings Tuesday night in Chippewa 21-25, 18-25, 26-24, 25-18 and 15-9. With the victory, the Cougars move into a tie for first place with Hopewell for the top spot in Section 1 AA at 5-1.The Vikings led 22-17 in the third game, when Blackhawk coach Cindy Guthrie called a timeout. She said that she told the girls to just get the score to 22-20 and see where it goes from there. Blackhawk scored three straight points to make it 23-20 and Hopewell coach Terry Borkovic called timeout.The Cougars were able to tie the game at 23 and then won it with senior Haley Schramm making the big play to give Blackhawk the win.

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MSA Sports Hometown Girls Volleyball Salute – BRENTWOOD SPARTANS
September 23, 2013
The Lady Spartans are heading in the right direction this year as they prepare for solid section play against big hitting schools Vincentian Academy, North Catholic and Serra Catholic.The squad is well balanced between veterans and inexperience. For what the inexperienced players lack in experience, they make up for in aggression and heart.

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