2020-2021 Game Summaries
The North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team won a third consecutive PIAA Class AAA championship on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Central Dauphin at Penn State University’s Rec Hall. The PIAA title was North Allegheny’s eighth overall and culminates a perfect 19-0 season.
Central Dauphin was appearing in the state championship for the first time since 2009 and vying for its second PIAA title. The Rams traded points with the Tigers in the opening set but fell behind 24-21 because of the consistent serves of junior Titus LaMay. Despite the deficit, the Rams put together a spirited rally and won the first set, 29-27. Senior Logan Tinsley sealed the victory with a set-ending ace and provided four kills in the set for the Rams. Junior Tyler McConnell added five kills in game one to help spearhead CD’s attack.
Set two was tied 6-6 before a 4-0 run helped NA seize control. A Timmy Ditka kill, back-to-back points from Garrett Hrvoich and a CD error allowed the Tigers to surge ahead, 10-6. From there, North Allegheny led the rest of the way and coasted to a 25-15 win.
The Tigers continued to ride the wave of momentum into set three and dominated. Leading 7-6, NA pulled away with a 6-0 run and rolled to a 25-14 triumph. Junior Cole Dorn provided timely big swings with three kills and a block in the set and finished with six kills on the afternoon.
Tied 9-9 in the fourth set, the dynamic serves of LaMay sparked a 4-0 run for a 13-9 lead. With the Tigers back on top, the rest of the set belonged to NA en route to a 25-16 win. Senior David Sanfillipo led the way with six kills in the set on his to a team-leading 12 kills and seven blocks on the day.
Senior Michael Mosbacher also provided powerful swings from the outside and tallied 10 kills. Ditka totaled eight kills, Hrvoich added seven kills and senior Gavin Owens chipped in with five kills. Distributing well-placed passes for NA’s high-flying offense was junior setter Caleb Schall. Schall finished with 46 assists and was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Match.
Defensively, senior libero Peter Carioto posted a team-best 17 digs and Owens added seven digs.
North Allegheny caps the season with a perfect 19-0 record and extends its winning streak to 65 in a row. Since the 2017-2018 school year, the NA boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams have combined for an astonishing record of 153-1 with seven PIAA titles and six WPIAL crowns in that span.
Congratulations to head coach Dan Schall and the entire North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team for another championship season.
TIGERS TAKE THE TITLE!! pic.twitter.com/u3okNaWiev
— NATigers (@NATigerAthletic) June 12, 2021
Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Central Dauphin, 6-12-21
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Section rivals North Allegheny and Seneca Valley dueled for the fourth time this season on Tuesday night, and in similar fashion to the previous three matchups, the Tigers prevailed with a 3-0 sweep in the PIAA Class AAA semifinals. The Tigers continued their bid toward a PIAA three-peat by defeating the Raiders by set scores of 25-18, 25-23 and 29-27. The win was North Allegheny’s 12th straight win against Seneca Valley and 64th in a row overall.
In the first set, the Tigers set the tone for the night with a strong blocking presence. Tied 9-9 in the early going, NA pulled away for a 25-18 win, thanks in large part to the net play of Timmy Ditka. The senior blocker finished the contest with a team-high seven blocks and added five kills on offense. Ditka was selected as the Wright Automotive Player of the Match for his help in neutralizing Seneca Valley’s big hitters.
Seneca Valley bounced back in the second set and held a 23-20 lead. As they did in their WPIAL championship meeting with the Raiders, the Tigers displayed their mettle and took the next five consecutive points to claim a stunning 25-23 victory. NA’s 5-0 run began with a kill by senior David Sanfillipo and continued with another kill by Ditka. Following a Seneca Valley hitting error, Ryan Treser served an ace and junior setter Caleb Schall capped the run with a block. Schall finished with 32 assists, seven digs, five blocks and three aces in an exceptional all-around performance.
The third set was a classic battle between two great rivals. Seneca Valley had a chance on three separate occasions to win set three but NA once again displayed the resolve of a champion. Powered by the right arm of senior Michael Mosbacher, the Tigers overcame the Raiders for a 29-27 triumph to finish off the sweep. Mosbacher tallied seven kills in the final set and totaled a team-high 13 kills on the evening.
Other offensive contributors included junior Cole Dorn with six kills and senior Garrett Hrvoich with five kills and two aces. Defensively, senior libero Peter Carioto tallied a team-high 10 digs.
With the win, North Allegheny improves to 18-0 overall and advances to the PIAA championship match for the fourth straight season and looks to win a third consecutive state title. Seneca Valley’s season ends with a record of 18-4, with all four losses coming to North Allegheny.
The Tigers will face Central Dauphin in the PIAA Class AAA title tilt on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Penn State University. The match will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
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— NA Volleyball (@navolleyball) June 8, 2021
Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Seneca Valley, 6-8-21
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Two storied boys’ volleyball programs locked horns in the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon and the North Allegheny Tigers outlasted the Northeastern Bobcats, 3-0, at Altoona High School. The WPIAL champion Tigers defeated the District 3 runners-up by set scores of 25-18, 25-22 and 25-21.
Looking for a third straight PIAA championship and eighth overall, North Allegheny was taking on a Northeastern team that has amassed nine PIAA championships, including six straight in Class AA from 2013-2018. Having played in two separate classifications for many years, the Tigers and Bobcats have infrequently met in the state playoffs. Not since 2005, when NA defeated Northeastern in PIAA pool play, had these teams faced off in the state tournament. Prior to 2005, the two teams also met in the 1993 PIAA championship, a contest Northeastern claimed by a 2-1 decision.
In Saturday’s contest, these two volleyball heavyweights traded barbs in the early going with North Allegheny leading 7-6 in the first set. Seniors Gavin Owens and Michael Mosbacher sparked a run and the Tigers took seven of the next nine points for a 14-8 lead. From that point on, NA kept Northeastern at arm’s length en route to a 25-18 set one win. Owens totaled four of his eight kills in game one and Mosbacher tallied three of his five kills in the opening stanza.
Northeastern regrouped in the second set and held a four-point lead late in the game. Seniors Brady Lemen and Joel Braswell spearheaded the Bobcats’ attack with three kills each. While Northeastern was seemingly in control, North Allegheny rallied to win nine of the last 11 points to come away with a 25-22 victory in set two. Senior David Sanfillipo keyed the comeback effort with four kills, finishing with a team-high 13 kills and six blocks on the afternoon.
Set three played out in similar fashion to set two, with Northeastern leading most of the way before North Allegheny embarked on a late charge. Trailing 20-19, North Allegheny won six of the final seven points to prevail in set three, 25-21. A block assist by Sanfillipo and junior Cole Dorn capped off the 3-0 sweep of Northeastern. Dorn provided a spirited effort off the bench in the third set with three kills and four blocks.
Defensively, senior libero Peter Carioto led the way with 13 digs and senior Luke Constantakis followed with eight digs. Junior setter Caleb Schall facilitated North Allegheny’s diverse offense with 36 assists, earning Wright Automotive Player of the Match honors.
North Allegheny improves to 17-0 overall and advances to the PIAA Class AAA semifinals on Tuesday night. Northeastern’s season comes to a close with a 27-4 record. As always, the North Allegheny Sports Network will have coverage of Tuesday’s PIAA semifinal at a site and time to be determined.
Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Northeasten, 6-5-21
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The North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team opened the PIAA Class AAA playoffs on Tuesday night with a 3-0 sweep over Cumberland Valley at Hempfield High School in Greensburg. The Tigers rolled to set wins of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-15.
The two-time reigning PIAA champions cruised to a convincing win against the Eagles. The NA offense was powered by Garrett Hrvoich’s 10 kills, followed by David Sanfillipo with eight kills. Adding a team-leading four blocks, Sanfillipo was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Match.
Also providing big swings were Gavin Owens and Michael Mosbacher with seven kills each. Mosbacher paced the team in service aces with three. At the net, Timmy Ditka and Caleb Schall delivered three blocks apiece. Schall also dished out a team-best 33 assists. On defense, libero Peter Carioto led the way with 22 digs.
North Allegheny improves to 16-0 overall with the win and advances to face Northeastern on Saturday in the PIAA quarterfinals. The match will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Cumberland Valley, 6-1-21
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The North Allegheny boys’ volleyball team won its fourth consecutive WPIAL championship with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over section rival Seneca Valley on Wednesday night at Fox Chapel High School. It’s the 15th WPIAL title in the last 18 seasons for the Tigers and the team’s 21st WPIAL crown overall. During the 19-year tenure of head coach Dan Schall, the Tigers have posted an astonishing WPIAL playoff record of 50-3.
Seneca Valley was hoping to win its first WPIAL title on Wednesday night and appeared in the title tilt for the third time in program history. The Raiders, ranked third in the state by the PVCA, gave the Tigers all they could handle in all four sets and got off to a great start by winning set one, 25-22. Seneca Valley was powered by Baldwin Wallace commit Michael Devlin with five kills in the opening set, finishing with a team-high 18 kills. Juniors Nathan DeGraaf and Dawson Ward were also a big part of the Raiders attack with 13 kills apiece.
North Allegheny answered back in set two and displayed the resolve and resiliency of a champion. Even when a 5-0 run by Seneca Valley erased an early lead, the Tigers hung tough to stay close with Raiders throughout. Trailing 18-16, the Tigers made their push thanks to strong play out of the middle from Timmy Ditka. The senior middle blocker tallied four kills and two blocks in the set, many of which coming down the stretch as the Tigers prevailed, 25-23. Ditka totaled nine kills and four blocks on the evening.
In set three, the score was deadlocked at 23-23 with the momentum of the match teetering in the balance. A Seneca Valley hitting error gave NA the lead and senior Michael Mosbacher, a Saint Francis University (PA) commit, ended the set with a tip to give the Tigers a crucial 25-23 victory. Mosbacher finished with 12 kills and three aces.
Sensing victory was at hand, North Allegheny continued to surge in the fourth set, and despite a narrow margin, led most of the way. Leading 20-19, the Tigers closed out the win by taking five of the next seven points for a 25-21 win. Once again, Mosbacher delivered the ending point to propel the Tigers to their fourth straight WPIAL championship.
A constant source of offense throughout the night, senior middle blocker David Sanfillipo steered NA toward victory with a team-leading 15 kills and was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Match. Also providing important swings offensively were senior Garrett Hrvoich and junior Cole Dorn, who chipped in with nine kills apiece. Junior setter Caleb Schall facilitated the offense with 50 assists. Defensively, libero Peter Carioto tallied a team-best 16 digs.
North Allegheny leaps to 15-0 on the season with the championship victory and extends its winning streak to 61 in a row. The Tigers will now turn their focus toward repeating as state champions for a third straight time when the PIAA tournament begins on Tuesday, June 1.
Boys Volleyball Summary vs. Seneca Valley, 5-26-21
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