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2021-2022 Game Summaries

Tigers Win 5-Set Thriller Over Raiders For 5th Consecutive WPIAL Crown

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The North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team won a fifth consecutive WPIAL championship and 22nd overall with a thrilling 3-2 victory over rival Seneca Valley on Wednesday night at Robert Morris University. It’s also the 16th WPIAL crown for NA in the last 19 seasons. The Tigers won by set scores of 25-23, 21-25, 22-25, 25-17 and 21-19.

Trailing in the match score, 2-1, after three sets, North Allegheny played with the heart of a champion to win the fourth set and prevailed in a marathon fifth set against a valiant Seneca Valley team. The Raiders were vying for their first WPIAL crown and won the second and third set on the strength of 19 kills from senior Nathan DeGraaf.

The Tigers clawed their way back thanks in large part to senior Cole Dorn, who belted out a team-high 25 kills. The Saint Francis University commit also added 13 digs and two blocks and earned Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors. Dorn had five kills and a block in the decisive fifth set.

Big swings for the NA attack were also provided by junior Jax Wilhite with 12 kills, junior Nico Sfeir added nine kills and senior Jack Birch followed with eight kills. Senior Caleb Schall delivered another terrific all-around effort and facilitated the offense with 59 assists.

Defensively, senior libero Ryan Treser posted a team-high 19 digs and fellow senior Titus LaMay contributed 12 digs. At the net, junior Varun Kaveti and Dorn led the team with three blocks each. Kaveti also tallied three gigantic kills in the fifth set.

North Allegheny improves to 14-1 overall, while Seneca Valley dips to 17-2 on the season. The Tigers will now set their sights on a state title and will begin their run in the PIAA playoffs on Tuesday.

Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Seneca Valley, 5-25-22

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NA Prevails Over Penn-Trafford To Advance To WPIAL Championship

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By Lee Mohn

The North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team is returning to the WPIAL Class 3A championship following a 3-0 win over Penn-Trafford on Monday night in the WPIAL semifinals. The Tigers defeated the Warriors by set scores of 25-14, 25-22 and 25-22.

The Tigers started strong and jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the first set thanks to Nico Sfier and Jax Wilhite with two kills each. North Allegheny increased the lead to 18-8 and senior Cole Dorn was getting it done with three kills and three aces.  The Tigers eventually closed out the first set, 25-14.

In set two, the Warriors played even with the Tigers most of the way. Penn-Trafford led North Allegheny 16-15 behind the strong play of Andrew Kessler and Alex Rugh. In turn, the Tigers were strong at the net for the remainder of the set behind two blocks from Jack Birch and two kills from Caleb Schall for a 25-22 win.

In the third set, Varun Kaveti started with two kills and a block but the Tigers could not pull away as the game was tied 19-19.  The Tigers closed things out by getting two more kills form Birch and Dorn and some terrific libero play from Ryan Treser, earning a 25-22 triumph.

On the night, Sfeir was everywhere on the court with nine kills and three blocks, which earned him the Wright Automotive Player of the Match honors. Additionally, Dorn had 13 kills and four aces, Jack Birch posted 10 kills and three blocks, Treser tallied 12 digs and two aces and Schall totaled a team-best 35 assists.

North Allegheny will go after their 12th WPIAL title in the past 14 years when they face Seneca Valley on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. from Robert Morris University.  You can listen to the match on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Penn-Trafford, 5-24-22

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Tigers Power Past Panthers, 3-0

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The four-time reigning WPIAL champion North Allegheny Tigers opened the Class AAA playoffs on Thursday night with a 3-0 sweep over the Upper St. Clair Panthers. The Tigers won by set scores of 25-13, 25-16 and 25-12.

Facing the co-section champions out of Section 1-AAA, second-seeded North Allegheny asserted its dominance early in the contest over seventh-seeded USC and gained control with a well-balanced effort. Senior Cole Dorn led the charge for the Tigers with four kills in the opening set and finished with a team-high 14 kills on the night, earning him Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.

Another major problem for the visiting Panthers was the powerful swing and big blocks in the middle by senior Jack Birch. Birch tallied eight kills for the match and four in the opening set to help the Tigers prevail, 25-13. Senior Ben Huet was also important to NA’s efforts to clog in the middle of the net against the Panthers and totaled a team-best five blocks.

Dorn proved to be a consistent source of offense and the driving force for a 25-16 and 25-12 final in sets two and three to secure the sweep. Along with Dorn, junior Jax Wilhite cranked out six kills and junior Nico Sfeir chipped in with five kills.

Seniors Caleb Schall and Jake Koch facilitated the offense with 22 and seven assists, respectively. Defensively, senior libero Ryan Treser provided 10 digs, while Koch and senior Titus LaMay added seven digs each. Koch and senior Stephen Laun led the team in aces with two apiece.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 12-1 overall and advances to the WPIAL semifinals to take on the Penn-Trafford Warriors on Monday. The match will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Upper St. Clair, 5-19-22

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Tigers Win Shaler Invitation Crown Ahead of WPIAL Playoffs

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The North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team wrapped up the regular season on Saturday by claiming the title at the Shaler Invitational. The Tigers defeated both Cochranton and Altoona by 2-0 scores before sweeping McDowell and Meadville, 3-0, in the Power Pool. In the tournament playoffs, the Tigers topped McDowell again in the semifinals, 25-18, and defeated Cochranton for the tournament crown, 25-18.

Leading the way for NA was senior Cole Dorn who powered the team with 22 kills. Junior Jax Wilhite tallied 18 kills, followed by junior Nico Sfeir with 17 kills. Senior Jack Birch totaled 16 kills and senior Caleb Schall contributed 14 kills.

At the net, Schall, Sfeir, Birch and junior Varun Kaveti each posted four blocks. Senior libero Ryan Treser led the team in digs with 28 and added a team-high four aces. Sophomore Will Hahn also tallied four aces to help keep NA’s opponents off-balance.

In addition to Treser, LaMay tallied 22 digs, followed by Schall and Hahn with 20 and 19 digs, respectively. Schall distributed a team-best 72 assists and senior Jake Koch chipped in with 24 assists.

North Allegheny will begin WPIAL Class AAA postseason play this week as the No. 2 seed. The four-time reigning WPIAL champs will play host to a quarterfinal matchup on Thursday night. The Tigers will face the winner of the Upper St. Clair/Greater Latrobe meet to be played Tuesday. For a look at the WPIAL Class AAA bracket, click here. All NA playoff games will be broadcast on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Tigers Clinch Share of Section Title With Win Over Rams

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by Jared Barton

North Allegheny Boys Volleyball earned a share of the AAA Section 2 Title with a 3-0 win over Pine-Richland at home Thursday night.

In the first set, three aces from senior Caleb Schall combined with a Cole Dorn kill gave NA an early 4-0 start. Dorn went on to add three additional kills in the set, while Schall added one more.  Varun Kaveti notched two kills and a block, while Zach Brkovich had two kills. Titus LaMay, Jack Birch and Nico Sfeir all registered a kill as well as the Tigers took set one 25-7.

In set two, the Tigers danced out to an 8-2 advantage, as Jax Wilhite gathered two kills and a block, Ben Huet recorded a kill and a block and Birch registered another kill. The Rams tried to creep back into the second frame, but strong play from some of the younger Tigers kept the PR in check. Will Hahn recorded an ace, while Stone Gaertner earned a kill and two blocks and NA won the set 25-11.

Set three turned out to be the closest of the whole match, as Pine-Richland kept the pace with North Allegheny. Sfeir registered three kills, LaMay tallied a kill and an ace, and Wilhite added two kills and a block to seal the match. Ryan Treser won the set with a kill to make the score 25-22.

Wilhite earned Wright Automotive Player of the Game Honors with six kills and two blocks.

The Tigers improve their record to 11-1 overall on the season and in section play. The win secures at least a share of the section title with Seneca Valley. The Tigers head into the Shaler Invitational this Saturday before postseason play next week. WPIAL Playoff Brackets will be released Friday afternoon.

Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 5-12-22

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