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2018-2019 Game Summaries

NA Sweeps Bethel Park For 20th WPIAL Title

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The North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team earned a WPIAL three-peat on Thursday night with a 3-0 victory over the Bethel Park Black Hawks at Fox Chapel High School. It was a rematch of last year’s WPIAL Class AAA title tilt, which ended with the same result, a North Allegheny victory. The Tigers won their 11th WPIAL crown in the last 13 years and their 20th WPIAL championship overall.

Facing the second-seeded Black Hawks, the top-seeded Tigers fell behind 16-13 in the first set before head coach Dan Schall called a time out. North Allegheny responded by scoring 12 of the next 13 points to win the first set, 25-17. Senior Alex Zubrow was a catalyst for NA with four kills and an ace, and senior Drew Hunker tallied three kills and a block.

Set two saw Bethel Park grab a 9-8 lead before NA went on a 7-0 run to take the lead for good. Bethel Park’s Max Cooley, the WPIAL Class AAA Most Valuable Player, did his best to keep the Black Hawks within striking distance with six kills. However, the well-balanced Tigers outlasted the Black Hawks for a 25-19 victory.

North Allegheny stormed out to an 8-1 lead in the third set but Bethel Park trimmed the deficit to two points several times. Leading 17-15, North Allegheny once again used a late surge to pull away for a 25-18 victory. Senior Ben Mendes notched three kills in the set and Hunker also posted three kills, including the final point of the night.

Hunker led the offensive attack with 10 kills on the evening, followed by Zubrow with nine. Zubrow also led NA at the net with six blocks. Senior Trevor Treser tallied a team-best 14 digs and senior Sava Topich totaled 11 digs. With crisp passing throughout the night, Topich also led NA with 30 assists and facilitated the offensive attack. For his efforts, Topich was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Match.

The All-WPIAL teams were announced before the match. Claiming first-team All-WPIAL honors were Hunker, Topich, Treser and Zubrow. Senior middle hitter Jeremiah Zemet earned second-team laurels.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 19-0 on the season and extends its winning streak to 42 in a row. The Tigers now look to defend their state crown with a PIAA first round matchup on Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.

Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Bethel Park, 5-23-19

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NA Digs Out Win Over Latrobe To Return To WPIAL Championship

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The North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA championship game for the third straight season with a 3-1 victory over Greater Latrobe on Tuesday night at Fox Chapel High School. The two-time reigning WPIAL champions defeated the Wildcats by set scores of 25-15, 25-16, 22-25 and 25-16.

Tuesday’s WPIAL semifinal meeting between NA and Latrobe was their first since the Tigers swept the Wildcats in the first round of the 2015 playoffs. Coming off their first section championship since 2008, Latrobe played tight with NA and were tied 6-6 in the opening set. The Tigers didn’t take long to gain command thanks to the big swings of Drew Hunker and Alex Zubrow, who combined for eight kills and two aces in the set. North Allegheny pulled away for a 25-15 win. Zubrow finished with 11 kills and a team-best eight blocks.

Set two played out in similar fashion with the scored tied 12-12 before the Tigers seized control. Senior Jeremiah Zemet delivered three kills and two blocks as NA scored 13 of the last 17 points in the set for a 25-16 win. Zemet finished the night with eight kills and seven blocks.

Latrobe was able to finally break through with an emotional third set. Spirited play from seniors Alex Ryan and Reed Fenton, who combined for seven kills, led the Wildcats to a 25-22 win in set three.

Despite the hiccup, it was back to business as usual for the Tigers in set four as NA raced out to an 8-1 lead. Hunker continued to deliver timely kills on his way to a team-high 18 on the night. Hunker and the Tigers closed out set four with a 25-16 victory.

Senior setter Sava Topich produced a team-best 47 assists and eight digs. Senior libero Trevor Treser posted a team-leading 31 digs to continue his outstanding 2019 campaign, which is one of the best in NA history. For his efforts, Treser was selected as the Wright Automotive Player of the Match by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

North Allegheny improves to 18-0 overall with their 41st consecutive win. The Tigers will take on Bethel Park in the WPIAL Championship on Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. at Fox Chapel High School.

Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Latrobe, 5-21-19

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NA Outlasts Penn-Trafford For WPIAL Quarterfinal Win, 3-0

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The North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals with a 3-0 victory over the Penn-Trafford Warriors on Thursday night. The Tigers earned the quarterfinal win by set scores of 25-19, 25-23 and 25-11.

Thursday night’s match was the first playoff meeting between the two teams since Dan Schall’s Tigers swept Jim Schall’s Warriors in the 2017 WPIAL championship.

The top-ranked Tigers started off hot against the eighth-seeded Warriors with a 6-1 lead in set one. Following a time out, Penn-Trafford cut the deficit to 8-7 but couldn’t overtake North Allegheny. With the help of four kills from Alex Zubrow and three from Drew Hunker, the Tigers outlasted the Warriors for a 25-19 win.

The second set was entirely different as Penn-Trafford seized control early and built a 15-6 lead thanks to the play of senior setter Adam Grove. Grove tallied three kills and a block to spark the Warriors. Undaunted, the Tigers rallied back and scored 17 of the next 20 points to pull ahead, 23-18. The catalyst was Zubrow who belted out a team-high 10 kills and notched six blocks on the night, earning him Wright Automotive Player of the Match honors. Junior Kyle Davies also posted a pair of aces and played a key role with his serves during the comeback.

To their credit, Penn-Trafford rallied to tie the score at 23-23. However, a Grant Jones kill and a PT hitting error gave NA the win, 25-23.

Following set two, the Tigers maintained their momentum and dominated the third set for a 25-11 win to lock up a 3-0 sweep.

Along with Zubrow’s big night, Jones and Jeremiah Zemet totaled eight kills each. Zemet also tallied six blocks. Defensively, senior Trevor Treser was once again outstanding, posting a team-best 17 digs. Senior setter Sava Topich dished out a team-high 34 assists.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 17-0 on the year. The victory is also the 40th in a row dating back to last year. The Tigers will take on Latrobe in the WPIAL semifinals on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Fox Chapel High School. The match will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Penn-Trafford, 5-16-19

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Tigers Take Care Of Bridgers In Regular Season Finale

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North Allegheny Boys Volleyball preserved its undefeated regular season with a 3-0 win over Ambridge at home Friday night.

The Tigers stormed out to a 5-0 lead in the first set before the Bridgers scored five straight to tie the game. It would remain close until NA ripped eight straight points to put the set out of reach. An Alex Zubrow tip ended the first frame 25-14.  Senior Drew Hunker earned four kills in the set.

North Allegheny dominated 2nd set action scoring nine straight points in the middle of frame to cruise to a 25-7 win. Hunker added three more kills, while senior Trevor Treser scored three aces.

Ambridge kept things close in the final set, but ultimately strong play from senior Grant Jones would prove too much for the Bridgers with three kills and two aces in the frame.  Hunker added an additional four kills, an ace and a block. Sophomore Timmy Ditka closed the match out with a block, tip and kill near the end of play.  The Tigers won the set 25-20.

Hunker earned Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors with his 11 kills, ace and block in the contest.

With the win, North Allegheny improved to 16-0 for the regular season, including a 12-0 section record. The Tigers will be a one-seed in the upcoming WPIAL Playoffs.

Ambridge falls to 11-3 on the season, and will easily make the playoffs in AA play.

The WPIAL Boys Volleyball Playoff brackets will be released Monday, May 13.

Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Ambridge, 5-10-19

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NA Finishes Off Section Slate With Sweep Of Pine-Richland

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The North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team capped its section schedule on Thursday night with a 3-0 sweep of the Pine-Richland Rams. The Tigers won by set scores of 25-9, 25-18 and 25-14.

Senior Drew Hunker paced the offensive attack with 12 kills, followed by senior Sava Topich with five kills. Topich also distributed 27 assists and added three blocks. Senior Jeremiah Zemet was the team leader in blocks with five. Hunker and Trevor Treser took care of the ball with 11 digs on defense.

North Allegheny closes out its Section 2-AAA schedule with a perfect 12-0 record and section championship. The Tigers improve to 15-0 overall and will host Ambridge on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in a tough non-section match. The contest will be broadcast live via the internet by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 5-9-19

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