NA Celebrates Senior Night With 3-0 Win Over Oakland Catholic
The four-time reigning PIAA Class AAAA champions flexed their muscles on Monday night with a 3-0 sweep over the sixth-ranked Oakland Catholic Eagles. Facing the first-place team in Section 3, the Tigers soared past the Eagles by set scores of 25-11, 25-19 and 25-23.
It was senior night at North Allegheny and all four seniors playing an important role in the opening-set win. Tied 6-6 in the early going, the Tigers pulled away by taking 10 of the next 12 points to gain command. Senior Chelsea Boyer notched a pair of aces in the set, while fellow senior Rachel Burton stuffed the net on her way to a team-high four on the night. The defense of seniors Abbey Hahn and Jadyn Perkins helped hold Oakland Catholic’s big hitters at bay as NA garnered a 25-11 win. Perkins finished with seven digs and added four kills on offense.
The second set followed a similar script to the first with NA trailing 5-4 in the early going before the Tigers went on a 6-0 run and eventually built a nine-point lead at 20-11. Despite Oakland Catholic’s best efforts to battle back, the Tigers prevailed, 25-19.
In the third set, the Eagles played their best game of the night and took a 9-3 lead against the Tigers. Senior outside hitters Liz Ford and Ava Barkich paced the OC attack with five and four kills, respectively, in the set. Overcoming the early six-point deficit, the Tigers rallied back with a variety of weapons that were facilitated by junior setter Mia Tuman. The Ohio State commit dished out 25 assists as the Tigers earned a come-from-behind win, 25-23. Tied 23-23, an Oakland Catholic hitting error and a Caroline Curran ace sealed the victory.
A consistent source of offense throughout the night in all three sets was sophomore Kyra Schmidt, who posted a team-leading eight kills on her way to Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.
Also contributing a fine all-around effort was junior Ella Deeter with six kills, three blocks and three aces. Junior Carissa Treser added six kills and Curran led the defense with 20 digs. Tuman finished with 10 digs.
North Allegheny improves to 10-1 overall following the win, while Oakland Catholic falls to 9-2 on the season. The Tigers return to section play on Thursday night with a visit to North Hills to take on the Indians at 7:00 p.m.
Girls Volleyball Summary vs Oakland Catholic, 10-11-21
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