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2016-2017 Game Summaries

Tigers Eliminate Section Rival Seneca Valley In WPIAL Semifinals

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by Dave Floyd

Despite dropping its first set since April—and only its second in a dual match all season—North Allegheny defeated Section 2 rival Seneca Valley 3-0 in Monday’s WPIAL Class 3A semifinal match at Baldwin. The Tigers won by set scores of 25-21, 25-16, 23-25 and 25-23.

NA now moves on to face the defending champion Penn-Trafford Warriors in Wednesday’s championship.

With the score tied 7-7 in Monday’s opening set, the Tigers used a pair of kills from both senior Eric Visigitis and junior Canyon Tuman to grab a four-point lead they never relinquished. Then in the second set, NA never trailed, using a 7-0 spurt partway through to secure the lopsided win.

Down two games, however, Seneca Valley rallied, largely behind the play of senior outside hitter Matt Gagnon. The Raiders led for the majority of the third set, and with the match hanging in balance at 23-23, Gagnon registered two-straight kills to force a fourth set.

That fourth set proved to be much of the same initially, as Seneca Valley held the lead for more than half of the stanza. With the Raiders ahead 16-14, though, NA embarked on a 4-0 run that gave the Tigers their first lead, an advantage they never gave up.

Individually, Tuman spearheaded the Tigers’ offense with a team-best 18 kills. The three-sport standout also tacked on seven digs and four block assists, and for his all-around effort, he earned the honor of Wright Automotive Player of the Match.

Behind Tuman, the Tigers used a balanced offensive attack, as four additional players registered at least eight kills. Junior Jason Stiefvater had 11, Eric Visigits finished with nine, and seniors Luke Visgitis and Seth Russell tallied eight apiece. Eric Visgitis also picked up five block assists, while twin brother Luke and Russell added three each. Stiefvater added 10 digs.

Senior Danny Lebovitz led the way defensively for NA, racking up 29 digs. Classmate MJ Barton handled the majority of the setting duties and notched a team-high 35 assists in the process.

Wednesday’s title match against Penn-Trafford is set to get underway at approximately 8 p.m. from Baldwin, following the conclusion of the Class 2A championship. The Warriors defeated Bethel Park in Monday’s other semifinal and are coached by Jim Schall, brother of Tigers head coach Dan Schall.

NA Volleyball Advances To WPIAL Semifinals

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by Dave Floyd

For the second-straight year, North Allegheny is in the WPIAL boys volleyball semifinals.

NA, Class 3-A’s top overall seed, blanked Peters Township at home Thursday night in the quarterfinals to advance to Monday’s semifinal round against Seneca Valley. The Tigers defeated the Indians by set scores of 25-19, 25-11 and 25-16.

Peters Township started off by matching NA point for point in the first set. With the score tied at 12, however, the Tigers began to create separation and never trailed the rest of the way. NA then controlled each of the next two sets, holding the lead for the majority of each en route to the 3-0 match victory.

Individually, junior Jason Stiefvater led the Tigers offense, registering a team-high 10 kills. For his efforts, Stiefvater earned the honor of Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

Junior Canyon Tuman added seven kills to go along with a team-high five aces. Classmate Jake Barber tacked on six kills, as did senior Eric Visgitis.

Senior setter MJ Barton notched team bests in both assists, with 27, and digs, with five. He also recorded three service aces.

The Tigers semifinal match against Section 2 rival Seneca Valley will get underway at approximately 7:30 on Monday. It will be played at Baldwin High School, immediately following Class 3-A’s other semifinal contest.

Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Peters Township, 5-18-17

GAME SUMMARY    
SCORE BY SETS123FINAL
Peters Township1911160
North Allegheny2525253

NA BLANKS AMBRIDGE IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE

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by Dave Floyd

In a matchup that has become a tradition the Friday preceding the WPIAL playoffs, North Allegheny shut out Class AA foe Ambridge 3-0 in the two teams’ final tune-up before the postseason. The Tigers won the home match by set scores of 25-16, 25-16 and 25-11.

Each team now awaits Monday’s unveiling of the WPIAL playoff brackets. NA is expected to earn the top overall seed in Class AAA.

The Tigers started quickly in the first set of Friday’s contest, jumping out to leads of 5-0 and 8-1 before taking the set by a nine-point margin. A balanced attack led the NA offense, as four players registered at least three kills: seniors Seth Russell, Luke Visgitis and Eric Visgitis as well as junior Canyon Tuman.

For his efforts, Russell earned the honor of Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

Ambridge hung in with NA in the early stages of the second set. With the score tied 8-8, however, the Tigers began to separate themselves. Then, at 18-14, they rattled off five-straight points to put the set out of reach.

Set three proved to be much like the first, as NA opened up leads of 3-0, 5-1 and 10-2 en route to the 25-11 blowout and 3-0 match victory.

Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Ambridge, 5-12-17

GAME SUMMARY    
SCORE BY SETS123FINAL
Ambridge1616110
North Allegheny2525253

NA Caps Section Play With Blowout Of North Hills

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Capping a perfect run through section play, the North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team won its Section 3-AAA finale with a 3-0 sweep at North Hills on Thursday night. The Tigers won by set scores of 25-14, 25-6 and 25-9.

Leading the rout of the Indians was junior Canyon Tuman with eight kills, followed by junior Jake Barber five kills. Junior Ryan Beck notched a game-high five digs on defense. Junior Josh LaMay posted a team-best four service aces and senior Seth Russell check in with three aces. Junior A.J. Schmidt led the passing game with 16 assists.

North Allegheny improves to 15-0 overall and finishes off section play with a 12-0 mark. The Tigers conclude the regular season with a prime non-section matchup against Ambridge on Friday night. The match will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Boys Volleyball Summary vs. North Hills, 5-11-17

GAME SUMMARY    
SCORE BY SETS123FINAL
North Allegheny2525253
North Hills14690

Tigers Clinch Outright Section Crown On Senior Night

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by Dave Floyd

North Allegheny celebrated its senior night in style on Tuesday, defeating Seneca Valley 3-0 to clinch the outright Section 2-AAA title. The Tigers won by set scores of 25-14, 27-25 and 25-18.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first set, the Tigers rattled off seven-straight points and never looked back en route to the 11-point victory. The second set, however, took on a much different feel.

Seneca Valley held a slim lead throughout much of the hotly contested second set and even opened up a five-point advantage at one point. The Raiders eventually grabbed a 24-22 lead, but North Allegheny responded, fighting off three set points before pulling out the 27-25 win.

Then, down 9-6 in the third set, the Tigers scored 10 of the next 11 points to seize control. They led by no less than four the rest of the way to secure the set, the match and the outright section crown.

Individually, senior Eric Visgitis led the Tiger attack, notching nine kills to go along with four blocks. For his efforts, Visgitis earned the honor of Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

North Allegheny now turns its attention to North Hills, as the Tigers will take on the Indians on the road on Thursday. First serve for that section finale is set for 7 p.m.

JV Update: NA won 2-0 (25-16, 25-16).

Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Seneca Valley, 5-9-17

GAME SUMMARY    
SCORE BY SETS123FINAL
Seneca Valley1425180
North Allegheny2527253