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2023-2024 Game Summaries

Tigers Take Down Raiders in Battle of Top 10 Teams

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by Jared Barton

The North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team remained perfect on the season and in the section after a 3-1 win over Seneca Valley at home on Thursday night.

Set one started back and forth between the two teams until the Tigers caught fire in the middle of the frame. NA had a pair of four-point runs aided by the strong play of sophomores Will Robertson and Peter Bratich, along with junior Matthew LaMay and senior Stone Gaertner. Robertson ended the 25-15 first set with two kills and an ace, Bratich had two kills and block, while LaMay notched an ace and a kill. Senior Peter Carioto also registered an ace and block in the stanza.

Set two was a tight battle, but Seneca Valley held the upper hand throughout. The Raiders won the set 25-22 with strong play from junior Jordan Hoover and seniors Peter Breski and Matthew Mirilovich. North Allegheny still had solid contributions, as Gaertner and Bratich each earned four kills in the set. Senior Jeremiah Satcho also collected two blocks while fellow senior Will Hahn added an ace.

NA had better luck in set three, as the Tigers won another close-knit contest where the teams kept the scoring within two points almost the entire time. A couple of Gaertner kills and a Carioto ace opened up the margin and North Allegheny won the set 25-20. Senior Josh Farr collected two kills, while LaMay hit two more aces. Gartner had four kills and two blocks. Satcho added another block and kill.

Seneca Valley was not going to shy away in set four, as the two programs kept the back and fourth action going. A Gartner kill and back-to-back points from Robertson via a kill and ace secured the win, as NA took the final set 25-21. Robertson had three kills and the ace in the frame, while Gaertner had three more kills, Bratich tallied a block and kill, junior Elijah Braun had a pair of kills and senior Theo Wilkinson added a kill as well.

Bratich was named Wright Automotive Player of the Game for his efforts in the win.

North Allegheny moves to 3-0 both on the season and in section play. The Tigers head to Central York for an invitational over the weekend before returning to section play at Pine-Richland on Tuesday night.

Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Seneca Valley, 4-11-24

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NA Earns Section Sweep At Fox Chapel

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The North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team picked up a third straight win to start the 2024 season with a 3-0 sweep at Fox Chapel on Tuesday night in Section 2-AAA action. The Tigers prevailed by set scores of 25-13, 25-20 and 25-20.

Coming off a strong performance in a win over North Hills on Monday night, senior Stone Gaertner continued his stellar play by delivering a team-high 12 kills and two blocks against the Foxes. Sophomore Will Robertson pounded out nine kills, while sophomore Peter Bratich and junior Garen White notched four kills each. Bratich also added two blocks in the middle.

Defensively, senior libero Will Hahn totaled a team-high 15 digs. Senior setters Nicolas Carioto and Ryan Quatman distributed 20 and 16 assists, respectively. Juniors Eli Braun, Caleb Chen and Matthew LaMay all posted one ace apiece.

North Allegheny improves to 3-0 overall and in section play, while Fox Chapel slips to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the section. The Tigers will return home on Thursday night for a section matchup with Seneca Valley. The contest will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Fox Chapel, 4-9-24

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NA Tops North Hills In Section Matchup

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by Jared Barton

After winning the Derry Invitational title over the weekend, the North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team swept section foe North Hills at UPMC Court on Monday night.

The Tigers needed to dig themselves out of an early hole in the first set after starting down 6-0 in the early stages. Seniors Jeremiah Satcho and Stone Gaertner pulled NA back into the frame with multiple timely kills and blocks. Sophomores Peter Bratich, Brendan Moore and Will Robertson worked with junior Eli Braun to continue the comeback, as NA didn’t tie the set until 20 apiece. The teams went back and forth until a North Hills service error and Robertson kill secured the set 25-23 for the Tigers. Senior Ryan Quatman had the lone ace in the first frame for NA.

North Allegheny’s early struggles initially hampered the team in set two, but the deep roster and experienced squad fought back.  Satcho, Bratich and Robertson registered three kills in a row, while senior Will Hahn notched an ace as North Allegheny took a 4-2 advantage.  Senior Nicolas Carioto earned a block, while junior Matthew LaMay recorded a kill and sophomore Elliott Swierczynski notched an ace to keep ahead of North Hills. The Indians eventually clawed back into the set and tied it at 20.  Kills from Braun, Satcho and Bratich (off the best sequence of the match) paired with a North Hills service error gave the Tigers a 25-23 set two win.

NA found their usual stride in set three and pushed out to an early 7-5 lead. The Tigers then scored 10 straight points in a row, including three straight kills from Gaertner, a Carioto ace, a kill from senior Josh Farr, a block from senior Theo Wilkinson and an additional two kills from Gaertner plus another ace from Carioto. Late kills from LaMay and sophomore Nathan May kept set three much shorter. The Tigers took the final frame 25-17 on a kill from junior Brandon Goetz.

Gaertner earned Wright Automotive Player of the Game laurels for his unofficial 10 kill – three block performance.

The Tigers improve to 2-0 overall and in section to start the young season.  NA hits the road Tuesday to face Fox Chapel in another section match.

Boys Volleyball Summary vs. North Hills, 4-8-24

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Tigers Capture Derry Invitational Tournament Title

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The North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team picked up its first tournament championship of the season by claiming the title at the Derry Invitational on Saturday. After going 8-2 in pool play, the Tigers defeated Altoona 1-0 (25-12) in the quarterfinals and topped Penn-Trafford 1-0 (25-18) in the semifinal round. For the tournament championship, North Allegheny eclipsed the Mars Planets by a 1-0 (25-22) decision.

Leading the charge for the NA attack was sophomore Will Robertson with a team-high 33 kills and five aces. Senior Jeremiah Satcho posted 19 kills, followed by Peter Bratich and Eli Braun with 17 and 14 kills, respectively. Bratich clogged the middle of the net with a team-best 12 blocks, followed by Satcho with seven.

On defense, senior libero Will Hahn totaled a team-best 36 digs. Robertson followed with 22 and senior Nicolas Carioto added 14 digs. Carioto also dished out a team-leading 72 assists, while senior Ryan Quatman distributed 21 assists.

Coming off the Derry Invitational championship, North Allegheny will return to section play on Monday night with home date against the North Hills Indians. The match will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Tigers Storm Past Golden Tornado, 3-0

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The North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team opened Section 2-AAA action on Thursday night with a 3-0 sweep over the Butler Golden Tornado at UPMC Court. The Tigers prevailed by set scores of 25-20, 25-23, 25-21.

The night got off to an inauspicious start for the Tigers, who trailed 8-2 before a timeout by head coach Dan Long changed the complexion of the match. The trio of sophomore middle blocker Peter Bratich, junior outside hitter Eli Braun and sophomore outside hitter Will Robertson authored a North Allegheny comeback and a 25-20 victory. The 6-6 Bratich used his length in the middle for three blocks in the set on his way to a team-high eight blocks to go along with seven kills on the evening. Braun tallied three of his eight kills in the set and Robertson was just getting warmed up.

In set two, senior Jeremiah Satcho continued NA’s dominance in the middle with three quick points and Braun added five more kills to help build a 22-16 lead. However, this time it was Butler who rallied behind three kills from St. John Fisher commit Coleton Welter to trim the NA lead to 24-23. The Tigers regained their composure despite the GT’s comeback bid and finished the set the same way they started, with a kill by Satcho to pull out a 25-23 win. Satcho finished the night with nine kills for the Tigers.

North Allegheny stormed out of the gates in set three and constructed a 14-7 lead before the serves of Welter sparked a 7-0 run for Butler to knot the score at 14-14. The Tigers brushed off the swing of momentum and surged forward for a 25-21 triumph spearheaded by the big swings of Robertson. The sophomore led the offense with a team-leading 13 kills, tallying seven in the final set. Adding three blocks and a team-best three aces, Robertson was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Match.

Senior setters Nicolas Carioto and Ryan Quatman facilitated the offense with 19 and 18 assists, respectively.  On defense, senior libero Will Hahn led with 16 digs, followed by Carioto with seven digs.

With the win, North Allegheny sits at 1-0 overall and in section play. Butler falls to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the section. The Tigers will look to stay sharp on Saturday at the Derry Invitational beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Butler, 4-4-24

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