NA Volleyballers Sweep Shaler In PIAA Quarterfinals, 3-0
The North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team faced section rival Shaler in the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals on Saturday evening at Penn Hills High School and came away with a 3-0 sweep over the Titans. The Tigers won by set scores of 25-16, 25-17 and 25-21 to advance to the PIAA semifinals on Tuesday night in a rematch of the WPIAL championship against Bethel Park.
North Allegheny got off a to a good start in set one with a well-balanced attack. Seniors Drew Hunker notched three kills in the opening set to help NA to a 25-16 win. Hunker tallied 10 kills on the night.
In similar fashion, the Tigers led set two most of the way en route to a 25-17 victory. Senior Ben Mendes tallied four kills in the set and finished with seven for the contest.
With their backs to the wall, the Titans opened the third set with a 5-0 lead, including a kill and block from Daniel Evans. Shaler maintained an 8-6 advantage before North Allegheny took control. Senior Alex Zubrow put forth a dominating showing in the final set with eight kills to propel NA to a 25-21 win. Finishing with 10 kills and a team-high five blocks, Zubrow was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Match.
Also contributing to the win was senior Jeremiah Zemet with nine kills and two blocks. Senior Trevor Treser led the defense with 18 digs and setter Sava Topich posted 35 assists.
North Allegheny improves to 21-0 on the season and extends its winning streak to 44 in a row. Reaching the PIAA playoffs for the first time in program history, Shaler ends its banner year with a 17-5 record.
Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Shaler, 6-1-19
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