North Allegheny, North Catholic hold on to top rankings in boys volleyball coaches’ poll
Monday, April 25, 2022 | 12:02 PM
North Allegheny and North Catholic kept their places at the top in the Class 3A and Class 2A boys volleyball rankings, respectively, as the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Week 5 top-10 polls Monday morning.
The Tigers solidified their hold on the Class 3A top spot with three victories last week, including a 3-0 triumph over No. 2 Seneca Valley in a Section 2 showdown on Friday.
Upper St. Clair was the biggest mover in Class 3A this week, bumping up two spots to No. 7. The Panthers suffered a 3-2 loss to Moon last Tuesday in Section 1 play but bounced back to score a 3-2 win over No. 8 Canon-McMillan two days later.
It then captured its own tournament Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Canon-McMillan in the finals.
Latrobe (No. 10) joins Canon-McMillan and Butler in rounding out the top 10.
Trinity made the biggest jump in Class 2A, climbing three spots to No. 7 after prevailing 3-2 in a Section 3 battle with No. 9 Thomas Jefferson on Tuesday and defeating Keystone Oaks, 3-1, in section play Thursday.
Each week, all of the WPIAL coaches have the opportunity to vote for the teams in the top-10 rankings. The classification players of the week are selected by the coaches association based on coaches nominations.
Western Pa. Volleyball Coaches Association
Top-10 Rankings – Week 5
1. North Allegheny (last week: 1)
2. Seneca Valley (2)
3. Norwin (3)
4. Shaler (4)
5. Hempfield (5)
6. Penn-Trafford (6)
7. Upper St. Clair (9)
8. Canon-McMillan (7)
9. Butler (8)
10. Latrobe (10)
Class 3A Players of the Week
Jack Birch, senior, middle hitter, North Allegheny
Michael Mihalov, junior, middle hitter, Norwin
Bradyn Winters, junior, setter/middle hitter, Moon
Justin Oswald, sophomore, outside hitter, Upper St. Clair
1. North Catholic (last week: 1)
2. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (2)
3. Montour (4)
4. Seton LaSalle (3)
5. Ambridge (5)
6. Gateway (6)
7. Trinity (10)
8. Derry (9)
9. Thomas Jefferson (7)
10. Hopewell (8)
Class 2A Players of the Week
Josh Hovan, senior, libero, Ambridge
Will Kromka, senior, outside hitter/middle hitter, Gateway
Cameron Ross, senior, outside hitter, Plum
Gavin Poe, junior, middle hitter, Seton LaSalle
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Tags: Ambridge, Butler, Canon-McMillan, Derry Area, Gateway, Hempfield, Hopewell, Latrobe, Montour, Moon, North Allegheny, North Catholic, Norwin, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Penn-Trafford, Plum, Seneca Valley, Seton La Salle, Shaler, Thomas Jefferson, Trinity, Upper St. Clair
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