2017-2018 Game Summaries
Appearing in the PIAA championship game for a record 16th time, the North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team won its sixth state title with a 3-0 sweep over Landisville Hempfield at Penn State University on Saturday. North Allegheny becomes the first WPIAL school, and third overall, to win the state title in both girls and boys volleyball in the same school year. Only District 3 Landisville Hempfield (2006-2007) and District 11 Parkland (2014-15) accomplished the feat prior.
Similar to when the Lady Tigers defeated Bishop Shanahan for the state crown in the fall, it was clear that the North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team was on fire from the very start. The Tigers defeated the Black Knights by set scores of 25-20, 25-17 and 25-21 to win the Class AAA crown.
In set one, the two teams kept things close with back-and-forth point scoring. Down 6-5, Jake Barber and Canyon Tuman led a charge of four straight points giving the Tigers a 9-6 advantage. NA did not give up the lead in the first frame and won the first set 25-20 on a Jason Stiefvater kill.
In the second set, Hempfield jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but Barber and Jeremiah Zemet recorded a kill and a block to tie things at 2-2. A few plays later, a Barber block and a Tuman kill gave the Tigers a 5-3 advantage, and from that point in the set, NA would stay in the lead. An Alex Zubrow kill made it 23-15 and Stiefvater would tip and kill the final two points of the set to win the second frame 25-17.
North Allegheny only trailed twice in the third set. Following a point scored by Hempfield senior Zach Wilson, NA was down 9-8. Then a few plays later, two straight points from the Black Knights had the Tigers down 11-9. North Allegheny scored five straight points to regain the lead 14-11 and did not look back from there. Kills from Zemet, Tuman and Zubrow extended the lead to 17-14. Back-and-forth scoring ensued until Zemet tipped an easy point over the net to make the score 24-21. Barber finished the championship run with a kill and the Tigers swept the match with a 25-21 third-set victory.
Many Tigers stood out in the contest, including Stiefvater, who ended the day with nine kills. Barber had seven kills as well. Stiefvater and A.J. Schmidt led in digs with nine apiece. Schmidt had two aces to go along with 36 assists.
North Allegheny senior, and Penn State commit, Canyon Tuman led the Tigers with 16 kills, including six kills in the final set. For his efforts, Tuman was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
North Allegheny caps the year with an undefeated record of 23-0. The NA girls’ and boys’ volleyball teams posted a combined 47-0 record in 2017-2018. For Hempfield, the state title match loss was its first and only loss of the season, ending the year with a 20-1 record.
Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Landisville Hempfield, 6-9-18
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In a rematch of last year’s PIAA Class AAA championship, North Allegheny dethroned defending state champion Central York with a 3-2 triumph in the PIAA semifinals at Richland High School in Johnstown on Tuesday night. The Tigers advance to the state title match on Saturday at Penn State University at 1 p.m. They’ll face the winner between District 11 champion Emmaus and District 3 champion Hempfield in the other Class AAA semifinal Wednesday night.
The Tigers were led by Penn State commit Canyon Tuman who posted a team-best 18 kills. Central York was paced by UCLA commit Cole Johnson’s 17 kills.
The five-set thriller was a back-and-forth affair with numerous momentum swings. In the first set, North Allegheny led 19-13 before Central York stormed back for a 25-23 win. Junior Braden Richard led the Panthers’ comeback efforts with four kills on his way to 15 on the night.
Sets two and three belonged to the Tigers thanks to the powerful swings of Tuman, and fellow seniors Jason Stiefvater and Jake Barber. Stiefvater finished with 15 kills and Barber tallied 11 kills, helping NA capture wins of 25-21 and 25-17 in sets two and three, respectively.
Despite a 25-18 victory by Central York in set four, the Tigers displayed their resiliency with a 15-6 victory in the fifth and decisive set. Junior Alex Zubrow played a pivotal role in the final set by producing numerous clutch blocks to swing the momentum in NA’s direction. Zubrow led the Tigers with five blocks. For his efforts, Zubrow was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
On defense, senior A.J. Schmidt and junior Trevor Treser led the way for the Tigers with 11 and 10 digs, respectively. Schmidt, a Saint Francis University commit, also dished out a team-high 45 assists.
The PIAA semifinal win keeps North Allegheny’s unblemished record intact, improving to 22-0 on the season. Tuesday’s contest marked the first time all season the Tigers were forced to five sets in match play.
Central York, the third place finisher from powerful District 3, concluded the year with a 16-3 mark following the loss.
Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Central York, 6-5-18
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The North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team faced off with section rival Butler for the fourth time this season on Saturday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the PIAA tournament at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School. Like the previous three meetings, North Allegheny swept the Golden Tornado for a 3-0 victory. The Tigers won by set scores of 25-18, 25-10 and 25-17.
Coming off their first ever state playoff win on Tuesday against Altoona, the Golden Tornado were hoping to build off that victory against the WPIAL champion Tigers. Senior Nash Bryan helped Butler stay within a point of the Tigers at 15-14 before NA took command of the opening set. Senior Jason Stiefvater posted five kills and senior Jake Barber added three kills to help North Allegheny pull away for a 25-18 win. Barber totaled six kills and five blocks.
Senior Canyon Tuman helped blister Butler in the second set with three kills, two aces and a block for a 25-10 victory. Tuman finished with six kills and six digs.
The Tigers capped off the sweep with a 25-17 win in the third set, spearheaded by Stiefvater who notched nine kills. For the night, Stiefvater totaled 14 kills, four digs and three blocks on his way to Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.
Other contributors to the win included junior Jeremiah Zemet with six kills and three blocks, junior Alex Zubrow with five blocks and three kills, and senior setter A.J. Schmidt with 28 assists. Schmidt and junior Trevor Treser posted a team-leading seven digs each on defense.
North Allegheny vaults to 21-0 overall on the season and advances to the PIAA semifinals for a showdown with the reigning state champions, Central York, on Tuesday night. The match will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network. Butler concludes its season with a record of 18-5.
Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Butler, 6-2-18
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The WPIAL champion North Allegheny Tigers were appearing in the PIAA tournament for the 19th time in the last 21 years on Tuesday night with a first round battle against the Warwick Warriors at Hempfield High School. The Warriors, the fifth-place finisher from volleyball powerhouse District 3, emerged in the state playoffs for the first time since the late 1990’s. The PIAA postseason newcomers were treated unkindly by the well-seasoned Tigers as NA rolled to a 3-0 sweep.
The last time Warwick head coach Nate Gajecki faced off against North Allegheny head coach Dan Schall, the two were both high school volleyball players. Back in 1995, Dan Schall and the Derry Trojans defeated Gajecki’s Warwick squad en route to a PIAA title. In the rematch, it was Schall who again got the best of Gajecki and the Warriors.
North Allegheny came out on fire in the first set with a 5-0 spurt and breezed to a 25-15 victory. WPIAL MVP Canyon Tuman belted out three kills in the set on his way to a team-high 11 kills. Warwick sustained a devastating blow when Lebanon-Lancaster League first-team all-star Chad Meeder injured his leg in the first set and missed most of the contest thereafter.
With Meeder out, Warwick still displayed their scrappy style of play and hung tough with North Allegheny in the next two sets. Despite a valiant effort, the Warriors fell by an identical 25-21 score in sets two and three.
NA junior Jeremiah Zemet was steady throughout the night with six kills and two blocks. Senior Jason Stiefvater collected 10 kills and senior Jake Barber added seven kills. On defense, junior Trevor Treser racked up four digs and three aces. For his efforts, Treser was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
With the win, North Allegheny maintains its perfect record with a 20-0 record and advances to the PIAA quarterfinals to face section rival Butler. The match will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network. Warwick’s season ends with a 14-6 record.
Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Warwick, 5-29-18
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The North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team captured its second straight WPIAL title, and 19th overall, with a 3-1 win over the Bethel Park Black Hawks on Thursday night at Baldwin High School. In the process, senior Canyon Tuman became the all-time kills leader at North Allegheny with 18 on the night, giving him 1,244 for his career. Tuman surpassed the old mark of 1,232 which was held by Tommy Keisling who graduated in 2013. For his milestone performance, Tuman was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
In the WPIAL Class AAA title tilt, the Tigers were facing a Bethel Park team with an identical 18-0 overall record and a No. 5 ranking in the state. NA entered the contest as the fourth-ranked team by the PVCA. North Allegheny used the swings of Tuman to explode onto the scene in the first set, claiming a 25-19 win. Tuman posted five kills in the set.
In set two, Bethel Park did something in match play that no one else has accomplished all season and beat the Tigers, 25-23. The Black Hawks trailed 11-6 and seemed destined to fall behind 2-0 in the match score, but BP rallied back thanks to big swings of John Cooley who finished with 14 kills.
Bethel Park had North Allegheny on the ropes again in the third set and were deadlocked with the Tigers, 16-16. However, Tuman and Jake Barber took over down the stretch to propel the Tigers to a 25-22 win. Barber totaled nine kills on the night.
North Allegheny never gave Bethel Park a chance in the fourth and final set en route to a convincing 25-14 win to cap off a 3-1 triumph. Senior Jason Stiefvater led the charge in the final set and finished with 16 kills. Junior Alex Zubrow was also strong at the middle of the net with numerous kills and blocks. The match fittingly came to an end on a kill by Tuman on his historic night.
Tuman was named the WPIAL Class AAA MVP prior to the game, while Stiefvater and setter A.J. Schmidt were named first team All-WPIAL. Zubrow received third-team honors. For a complete list of the Class AAA All-WPIAL team, click here.
With the win, North Allegheny improves to 19-0 overall. The victory over Bethel Park was the seventh time in the last eight seasons that NA has defeated the Black Hawks in the postseason. Bethel Park slips to 18-1 overall. Both teams advance to the PIAA tournament next week.
Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Bethel Park, 5-24-18
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