Tigers Cap Perfect Regular Season With Win Over Rams, 3-0
The three-time reigning PIAA champions wrapped up a perfect regular season on Thursday night with a 3-0 sweep of the Pine-Richland Rams. The Tigers earned the home victory by set scores of 27-25, 25-9, 27-25.
Riding a five-game winning streak, including a victory against third-ranked Moon, Pine-Richland hung tough with North Allegheny in the opening set. Holding a 24-23 lead, the Rams couldn’t put the Tigers away, however, as senior Maddi Beer tied the score at 24-24 with a kill. Following a kill by junior Sophie Catalano that gave PR a 25-24 lead, again North Allegheny rallied and scored the next three points to claim a 27-25 win. A block from senior Paige Morningstar gave NA a 26-25 lead and a Jadyn Perkins kill finished off the Rams in the opening set.
After a back-and-forth first set, North Allegheny rolled to a 25-9 win in set two. The third set very much resembled the first and saw Pine-Richland surge ahead to an 18-13 lead, powered by sophomore Kali Doctor’s six kills. Receiving contributions from a variety of players, the Tigers clawed their way back. Beer delivered three kills and three blocks, junior Rachel Burton stepped in for a kill and two blocks to and sophomore Mia Tuman notched six kills to help NA tie the score at 23-23. Similar to set one, a kill by Catalano gave PR a 24-23 lead but the Tigers once again scored four of the final five points to win the set, 27-25.
Down the stretch, senior Paige Miller blistered the Rams with powerful and accurate kills, collecting all NA’s final four points. Miller led the Tigers with 15 kills and posted a team-high 14 digs on defense, earning her Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.
Other NA standouts included Tuman with 11 kills and Beer with eight kills on the evening. Morningstar tallied 10 digs and dished out a game-high 32 assists. Tuman, Morningstar and sophomore Rachel Pilotta all tallied aces in the victory.
With the win, North Allegheny concludes the regular season with a 12-0 record, while Pine-Richland dips to 8-4. Both teams will prepare for the WPIAL playoffs, which begin next week. The WPIAL brackets will be announced on Monday.
Girls Volleyball Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 10-22-20
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