2019-2020 Game Summaries
The North Allegheny girls’ volleyball team won a section title for the fifth straight season with a 3-0 sweep of Pine-Richland on Thursday night. Four of the five crowns have come with an undefeated section record. The Tigers capped a perfect 12-0 trip through Section 1-AAAA by set scores of 26-24, 25-20 and 25-20 to earn the win over the visiting Rams.
In a matchup pitting the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams in Class AAAA against each other, the second-ranked Rams jumped out to a 17-13 lead behind the powerful swings of freshman Kaili Doctor, who posted five kills in the opening set. The Tigers rallied but still trailed 24-23 in the late stages of the set. The reigning PIAA champions came through in the clutch with a kill from senior Maddi Curran, a dump by junior setter Paige Morningstar and an ace by Curran to prevail, 26-24.
The Tigers stormed out of the gates in set two and grabbed a 17-8 lead. The Rams chipped away and came to within three points of the Tigers, trailing 22-19. North Allegheny scored three of the next four points to pick up the win in set two, 25-20. Senior Abby Miller posted a kill and a block down the stretch and Curran finished off the set with a kill.
Set three was deadlocked 10-10 before NA pulled away with a 6-0 run and nine of the next 10 points. Junior Paige Miller capped the set with a well-placed kill, closing out a 25-20 win and a 3-0 sweep of Pine-Richland. The victory was NA’s 63rd in a row and 15th straight against Pine-Richland.
Earning Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors was Abby Miller with a strong all-around performance. The Cleveland State commit posted 19 assists, seven kills, seven digs and four aces.
Senior libero Malia Duffy was fabulous on defense with a team-high 21 digs. Curran paced the offense with 11 kills, followed by Morningstar’s nine kills. Morningstar dished out 15 assists as well.
North Allegheny concludes the regular season with a 16-0 overall record and 12-0 mark in Section 1-AAAA. The Rams finish in second place in the section with a 10-2 record. The Tigers will host the NA Invitational on Saturday for one final test before the playoffs begin next week.
Girls Volleyball Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 10-17-19
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The North Allegheny girls’ volleyball team came another step closer to winning a Section 1-AAAA title on Tuesday evening with a 3-0 sweep of Seneca Valley. The Tigers earned the win by set scores of 25-17, 25-17 and 25-23. NA needs only to beat Pine-Richland on Thursday for an outright section championship.
Against the Raiders, the Tigers opened up a 17-7 lead in the first set behind the play of senior Maddi Curran and junior Paige Morningstar. Curran and Morningstar combined for four kills and three aces as NA prevailed, 25-17. Seneca Valley’s Sarah White totaled five kills in the set on her way to nine on the night.
Thanks in part to White, Seneca Valley stayed with North Allegheny midway through the second set, trailing only 16-14. However, the Tigers regained control and scored nine of the final 12 points to claim a 25-17 win. Curran blistered the Raiders with five kills and tallied a game-high eight kills and three aces to earn Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.
In the third set, Seneca Valley rallied from a 16-10 deficit to grab a 23-22 lead late in the set. NA senior Abby Miller turned the tide with an accurate cross-court kill and an ace. With the Raiders on the ropes, junior Paige Miller closed out the victory with a block to propel the Tigers to a 25-23 victory and a 3-0 sweep.
Also contributing to the NA win was senior Malia Duffy with 12 digs on defense. Abby Miller totaled 12 digs, 11 assists, seven kills and made numerous acrobatic plays on the evening. Senior Hannah Phillips and Paige Miller notched seven kills each. Morningstar distributed a team-high 19 assists.
The win was North Allegheny’s 62nd in a row and eighth straight against the Seneca Valley. The Tigers improve to 15-0 overall and 11-0 in Section 1-AAAA. The Raiders dip to 6-5 in section play. North Allegheny will try to cement an outright section crown on Thursday night against Pine-Richland. The contest will be broadcast live via the internet by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Girls Volleyball Summary vs. Seneca Valley, 10-15-19
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The top-ranked North Allegheny girls’ volleyball team extended its winning streak to 61 in a row with a 3-0 sweep of Fox Chapel on Thursday night. The Tigers won by set scores of 25-7, 25-16 and 25-11.
It was senior night at NASH and seniors Malia Duffy, Elianna Seaman, Abby Miller, Hannah Phillips and Madison Curran were all recognized in the pregame.
The seniors certainly made their impact in this contest, including Phillips who belted out a team-high 10 kills and added two blocks. Duffy paced the defense with nine digs.
Contributions were made from the entire lineup in the win over the Foxes. Junior Paige Morningstar notched eight kills and four blocks. Junior Paige Miller chipped in with eight digs.
North Allegheny improves to 14-0 overall and 10-0 in Section 1-AAAA. The Tigers will finish out the regular season with two big home matches against Seneca Valley and Pine-Richland. Both contests will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Girls Volleyball Summary vs. Fox Chapel, 10-10-19
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The North Allegheny girls’ volleyball team claimed a 3-1 non-section win at Upper St. Clair on Monday night. The Tigers earned the victory by set scores 25-22, 25-10, 22-25 and 25-17.
Leading the way offensively was senior Hannah Phillips with 11 kills. Senior Maddi Curran tallied seven kills, followed by Maddy Beer, Rachel Burton and Carissa Treser with five kills each.
Defensively, senior Malia Duffy totaled 20 digs. Senior Abby Miller posted eight digs, to go along with nine kills, three aces and 16 assists.
North Allegheny improves to 11-0 overall with its 58th consecutive victory. The Tigers will host North Hills on Tuesday night on Middle School Recognition Night and Pink Out Night at NASH.
Girls Volleyball Summary vs. Upper St. Clair, 9-30-19
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Facing off against some of the best competition in the state, the North Allegheny girls’ volleyball team won the State College Invitational on Saturday. The Tigers rolled through pool play and defeated WPAL rival Baldwin in the tournament semifinals, 25-17. For the championship, NA topped Landisville Hempfield from District 3 by a 25-23 decision.
Stat leaders on the day for North Allegheny included senior Hanna Phillips with 34 kills. Senior Abby Miller totaled 63 assists, 29 digs, 28 kills, eight aces and five blocks. Junior Paige Morningstar tallied 62 assists, 32 kills, 20 digs, six blocks and four aces. Senior libero Malia Duffy posted 62 digs and three aces. Senior Maddi Curran contributed 18 kills and five blocks. Senior Maddy Beer had 16 kills and four blocks. Senior Elianna Seaman tallied 36 digs and four aces. Junior Paige Miller notched 15 digs and five blocks.
North Allegheny returns to action tonight against Upper St. Clair in a non-section contest.