2017-2018 Game Summaries
Under the bright lights of the PIAA Class AAAA championship, the North Allegheny Tigers produced their most shining display of the season with a 3-0 sweep of the Bishop Shanahan Eagles on Saturday from Richland High School in Johnstown. The Tigers captured their fourth PIAA crown and first state title since 1994. NA won by set scores of 25-21, 25-12 and 25-16.
In the opening set, the Tigers exchanged point for point with the District 1 champions and were tied 16-16 until senior Kayla Dinkins rattled off three straight points with a kill and back-to-back blocks for a 19-16 advantage. From that point on, the Tigers bombarded Bishop Shanahan with a baffling display of offense and defense. Junior Avery Tuman added three kills in the opening set to help capture a 25-21 win.
North Allegheny and Bishop Shanahan drew even at 9-9 in set two before the Tigers went on a 10-1 run to take control of the set and the match. Dinkins delivered three kills and three blocks, while junior Anna Sprys came through with four kills.
With a state title within their grasp, the Tigers dominated the third set. Freshman Paige Miller picked up a kill and an ace for the final two points of the night to secure a 25-16 win and 3-0 sweep. The PIAA championship victory was a convincing and thorough victory for the Tigers. For their efforts, the entire North Allegheny girls’ volleyball team was named the Wright Automotive Players of the Game.
The victory by North Allegheny capped a big night for the WPIAL as three District 7 teams secured PIAA championships on the day, including Freeport and Knoch.
North Allegheny concludes the 2017 season with a perfect 24-0 record and championship trophies in the WPIAL and PIAA. Bishop Shanahan suffered its only defeat of the season to North Allegheny and ends the year with a 25-1 mark. Congratulations to the North Allegheny girls’ volleyball team and coaching staff on a terrific season.
Girls Volleyball Summary vs. Bishop Shanahan, 11-18-17
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In thrilling come-from-behind fashion, the North Allegheny girls’ volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit and topped the Garnet Valley Jaguars for a 3-2 victory in the PIAA semifinals on Tuesday night. The Tigers punched their ticket to the state championship for the first time since 2008.
North Allegheny steamrolled its way to the PIAA semifinals, losing only four sets all season and not dropping a single set in the entire postseason. That changed on Tuesday night against the reigning state champions.
Garnet Valley used a 6-0 run late in the first set to take a 20-17 lead and outlasted the Tigers for a 27-25 victory. Kutztown University recruit Erin Patterson helped lead the charge for the Jaguars with five kills and junior Emma Rokosky posted four kills and two aces.
In the second set, Garnet Valley trailed 19-16 but again rallied for a 25-23 win. Patterson once more was the catalyst with four kills and Gwen Clark added four kills and two blocks.
With their backs against the wall, the Tigers stormed back and began the comeback with a 25-19 victory in the third set. NA turned the tabled on the Jaguars and Tulane University recruit Kayla Dinkins spearheaded the effort with seven kills and two blocks. Seniors Julia Patzak and Pitt-Johnstown recruit Erin Carmody were also terrific with their defensive play.
The rally continued in the fourth set with a 25-16 triumph to force a fifth and decisive set. With North Allegheny up 13-9 in the fifth set, it appeared that the Tigers would quickly clinch a berth in the state title match. However, Garnet Valley again responded to adversity and led 15-14 and 16-15 with a chance to steal away a win. North Allegheny bounced back by taking three of the next four points courtesy of three kills from junior Anna Sprys to take an 18-17 lead. Patterson posted a kill to draw Garnet Valley even at 18-18, but North Allegheny earned the win with a kill by Eastern Kentucky recruit Mika Logan and a block by Dinkins for a thrilling 20-18 victory in the final set.
For her efforts Dinkins was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Match. Sophomore setter Abby Miller performed admirably and dished out numerous terrific passes to help push NA over the top.
North Allegheny improves to 23-0 on the season with the win. Garnet Valley’s championship run comes to an end with a 19-6 record. The Tigers will participate in the PIAA championship at Richland High School in Johnstown on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
Girls Volleyball Summary vs. Garnet Valley, 11-14-17
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Scouting wasn’t a problem heading into the girls’ volleyball PIAA quarterfinal match on Tuesday at Ambridge. For the third time this season, North Allegheny looked on the other side of the net and saw Seneca Valley, and for the third time this season, they came out victorious.
The Tigers swept the Raiders by scores of 25-22, 25-19 and 25-18.
Slow starts have been a theme for North Allegheny throughout the playoffs, and that was the case through the first part of the first set. The Tigers didn’t own a lead until 11-10, and once they got it, they would not relinquish it. Senior Kayla Dinkins highlighted the offense in the first set with six kills, including one to end the set at 25-22.
All season long, the Tigers have relied on different players to step up. That was the case in the second set. Junior Avery Tuman was unstoppable in all three sets, but was the leader with six kills in the second set. North Allegheny took the lead for good at 10-9 in the set, Tuman finished the set off with a kill to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
North Allegheny never trailed in the third set on its way to a 25-18 win. It was the second sweep of the season against Seneca Valley and nineteenth of the seson.
Tuman led the Tigers with 14 kills. Dinkins was also in double figures with 10 and freshman Paige Miller contributed with nine kills.
With the win, North Allegheny improves to 22-0, while Seneca Valley’s season ends at 14-8. The Tigers advance to the PIAA semifinals on Tuesday against the winner of Armstrong/Garnet Valley at a site and time to be determined. The game can be heard on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Girls Volleyball Summary vs. Seneca Valley, 11-11-17
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After winning the WPIAL Class AAAA championship on Saturday, the North Allegheny Lady Tigers set their sights on a state title on Tuesday night and defeated the Cumberland Valley Eagles in the first round of the PIAA playoffs, 3-0. The Tigers maintained their recent postseason trend of earning a hard-fought win in set one and then cruising in the final two sets. NA won by set scores of 26-24, 25-19 and 25-14.
The North Allegheny offense was led by senior Kayla Dinkins who crushed Cumberland Valley with 15 kills. Paige Miller, Mika Logan and Avery Tuman all chipped in with six kills apiece. Abby Miller and Anna Sprys added five kills each.
On defense, senior libero Erin Carmody had a spectacular night with 28 digs. Junior Alena Carmody tallied 17 digs. Grace Flanders notched two aces, while Josie Wadlow and Julia Patzak came through with an ace each. It was a good overall passing night and performance for the Tigers .
North Allegheny remains undefeated on the season with a 21-0 overall record. The Lady Tigers advance to the PIAA quarterfinals on Saturday where they’ll face a familiar foe, the Seneca Valley Raiders.
Girls Volleyball Summary vs. Cumberland Valley, 11-7-17
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by Jonathan Spina
After falling in the WPIAL finals in 2014 and 2015 and getting bounced in the quarterfinals in 2016, the North Allegheny finally got over the hump sweeping Armstrong 3-0 to capture its first WPIAL championship since 2013. It was the fifth WPIAL crown in North Allegheny program history.
The first set started off strong as the Tigers jumped out to a 9-3 lead, thanks in large part to senior Kayla Dinkins, Dinkins accounted for six of the first nine points. Armstrong was able to collect themselves and get back in the game led by senior Lauren Crytzer. It looked like Armstrong might take the first set when they led 24-23, but just like in the semifinals, North Allegheny averted two set points and took the set, 27-25.
In set two, the Lady Tigers got their groove back, jumping out to a 16-8 lead and never looked back. This set was dominated by sophomore Abby Miller, who is typically known for her setting, but had five kills in the set. North Allegheny finished off the set, winning it 25-15.
Set three was a lot more competitive with Armstrong being the aggressor early, leading 11-10 but a block by junior Anna Sprys and a kill by senior Mika Logan gave North Allegheny the lead for good and on set point an error by Armstrong gave the Lady Tigers a 25-18 win, giving the Tigers their first WPIAL title in four years.
Dinkins paced North Allegheny with 10 kills and six blocks. Sprys added six blocks and picked up four kills. Freshman Paige Miller had seven kills to go along with two aces. Abby Miller had six kills and an ace, and senior Julia Patzak and junior Allena Carmody also picked up aces.
The Lady Tigers improves to 20-0 while Armstrong falls to 18-2. The run is not over for the Lady Tigers as they advance to the PIAA state playoffs which will begin on Tuesday where they will take on the third place finisher in District 3.
Girls Volleyball Summary vs. Armstrong, 11-4-17
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