Mars, Shaler maintain top spots in latest WPIAL boys volleyball coaches rankings

Monday, April 1, 2024 | 11:27 AM

A couple of teams in Class 3A changed positions as the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Week 3 Top-10 polls and Players of the Week on Monday morning.

Shaler remained in the top spot, followed by North Allegheny, Seneca Valley, Norwin and Penn-Trafford rounding out the top five.

In Class 2A, Mars stayed at No. 1, but Ambridge, 2-0 in Section 1 and 2-1 overall, moved up in the No. 2 spot.

The Bridgers defeated this week’s No. 3, North Catholic, 3-2 in a key early season section matchup last Wednesday.

Latrobe dipped one spot to No. 4, and Gateway moved up one spot to round out this week’s Class 2A top five.

Because of the Eastern holiday, no tournaments were held Saturday, but four tournaments involving WPIAL teams will be this weekend.

Peters Township, Seneca Valley and Derry will host events Saturday, while Northeastern High School in York County also will be the setting for tournament action.

Every WPIAL boys volleyball coach has the opportunity to vote for each week’s top-10 polls.

The players of the week are selected based on submitted coaches nominations.

Western PA Volleyball Coaches Association

WPIAL Boys Volleyball

Top-10 Polls — Week 3

Class 3A

1. Shaler (last week: 1)

2. North Allegheny (2)

3. Seneca Valley (3)

4. Norwin (4)

5. Penn-Trafford (5)

6. Canon-McMillan (7)

7. Butler (6)

8. Hempfield (8)

9. Pine-Richland (9)

10. Upper St. Clair (10)

Out: None

Class 3A Players of the Week

Charlie Basil, senior, outside hitter, Moon

Jordan Hoover, junior, middle hitter, Seneca Valley

Class 2A

1. Mars (last week: 1)

2. Ambridge (4)

3. North Catholic (2)

4. Latrobe (3)

5. Gateway (6)

6. Seton LaSalle (7)

7. South Fayette (8)

8. Thomas Jefferson (5)

9. Montour (NR)

10. Derry (9)

Out: Hopewell (10)

Class 2A Players of the Week

Jaxon Camp, senior, outside hitter, Montour

Lucas Gunther, senior, outside hitter, North Catholic

Sam Miller, senior, setter, Ambridge

Derek Piatek, junior, outside hitter, Mars

Michael Love is a TribLive reporter covering sports in the Alle-Kiski Valley and the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh. A Clearfield native and a graduate of Westminster (Pa.), he joined the Trib in 2002 after spending five years at the Clearfield Progress. He can be reached at

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