2021-2022 Game Summaries
The North Allegheny girls’ volleyball team won a fifth consecutive PIAA championship, and eighth overall, on Saturday night at Cumberland Valley High School with a 3-1 triumph over Parkland in the Class 4A title tilt. After dropping the first set, 25-23, the Tigers won the next three by scores of 27-25, 25-18 and 25-15. North Allegheny is just the second team in state history to win five or more consecutive PIAA crowns. The state record for consecutive titles is eight in a row set by Norwin from 1976-1983.
Facing a Parkland team that had won three PIAA titles in 2011, 2014 and 2015, the Tigers traded barbs with the Trojans throughout the entirety of the first set. In a tightly contested game, North Allegheny’s largest lead was only 18-15 following the fourth kill of the set by junior Carissa Treser. NA led 23-21 late in the set, however, Parkland scored back-to-back points on kills from Elena Pursell, and two more points on back-to-back kills courtesy of Brynn Dreisbach, to claim a 25-23 win.
In the second set, NA jumped out to a 15-9 lead but Parkland rallied back on the strength of six kills by Pursell to take a 25-24 lead. With the Tigers teetering on the edge of falling behind 2-0 in the match score, NA rattled off three straight points, including an ace by junior Ella Deeter and a block by senior Jadyn Perkins to finish off an exciting 27-25 triumph.
North Allegheny’s win in the second set proved to be the turning point as the Tigers had the Trojans on their heels for the rest of the night and leaped to an 18-9 lead in set three. North Allegheny took command of the net in the third game with momentous blocks provided by Perkins, Treser, Deeter and junior Maddie Fickess. In all, NA produced seven blocks in the set, including the finisher by Perkins, to earn a 25-18 win and hold a 2-1 lead in the match score.
Set four played out in similar fashion to the third with North Allegheny grabbing a 12-4 advantage in the early going. Parkland, winners of eight consecutive District 11 titles and 10 of the last 11, fought valiantly and trimmed the Tigers lead to 17-15. However, with Deeter serving, North Allegheny went on an 8-0 run to close out a 25-15 set win and 3-1 victory over Parkland.
On several occasions Deeter helped the Tigers roll off a run of points with her serves, and added eight kills, four blocks and an ace to earn Wright Automotive Player of the Match honors.
Offensively, Treser paced the Tigers with 14 kills, followed by Perkins with 10 and junior Mia Tuman with eight. Perkins led the block party with 12 denials, followed by Tuman and Fickess with four each. Tuman facilitated the offense with 39 assists, while junior libero Caroline Curran spearheaded the defense with 25 digs. Sophomore Avery Butcher posted 15 digs, Tuman had 11 and junior Rebecca Pilotta notched 10 digs. Pilotta and Tuman each had an ace, to go along with Deeter’s critical ace in the second set.
With the win, North Allegheny concludes the 2021 season with a 20-1 record, a fourth WPIAL title in five years and a fifth consecutive state championship. Parkland suffered its only loss of the year with a 25-1 record. Congratulations to head coach Russ Hoburg, his entire coaching staff and all of the Lady Tigers for another record-breaking season.
Girls Volleyball Summary vs. Parkland, 11-20-21
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Facing section rival Shaler, in the PIAA Class 4A semifinals on Tuesday night at Fox Chapel, the North Allegheny girls’ volleyball team earned a 3-1 victory to advance to the state championship game for the fifth consecutive season. Facing the Titans for the fourth time this season, the Tigers won by set scores of 19-25, 29-27, 25-18 and 25-18.
In the opening set, the revved-up Titans jumped to a 23-10 and seemed likely to cruise to a game one victory. While Shaler did prevail, the Tigers fought back by winning nine of the next 10 points as the Titans held on for a 25-19 decision.
The late momentum gained in set one carried over for North Allegheny in set two. The Tigers went back-and-forth with the Titans but ultimately prevailed, 29-27. Junior Maddie Fickess played a significant role with timely blocks and five kills in the set. Junior Carissa Treser also added five kills, on her way to a team-high 12 on the night.
In set three, North Allegheny led 19-11 before Shaler made thing close, trimming the score to 20-18. However, the Tigers once again displayed their mettle and scored five straight points to close out the set, 25-18.
With decided momentum in their corner, the Tigers rolled to the win in set four, 25-18, to finish off a 3-1 triumph over the Titans.
Contributors on the night for NA included junior Ella Deeter with 11 kills and Fickess with a team-high five blocks. Senior Jadyn Perkins chipped in at the net with three blocks. The defense was sparked by junior libero Caroline Curran with 33 digs. Junior Rebecca Pilotta and sophomore Avery Butcher posted 14 and 12 digs, respectively.
Once again providing a terrific all-around performance was junior setter Mia Tuman with 36 assists, 25 digs, 11 kills and three blocks. For her efforts, Tuman was selected as the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
North Allegheny continues on to the PIAA championship game with an 19-1 record, while Shaler’s season ends with an 19-3 mark. Over the last two seasons, Shaler has posted an impressive 32-6 record. All six losses are to North Allegheny.
In the PIAA championship, North Allegheny will face Parkland at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday at Cumberland Valley High School. The game will be broadcast live via the internet by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Girls Volleyball Summary vs. Shaler, 11-16-21
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The North Allegheny girls’ volleyball team advanced to the PIAA semifinals on Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 quarterfinal round sweep of Elizabethtown at Altoona High School. The Tigers earned the win by set scores of 25-15, 25-20 and 25-15.
After cruising to a win in the opening set, North Allegheny fell behind 12-7 in set two. The Tigers responded with a 7-0 run that was spearheaded by the serves of Rebecca Pilotta. Tied 14-14, NA claimed eight of the next 10 points to roll to a 25-20 win.
In set three, NA trailed Elizabethtown, 10-9, before scoring nine in a row and was once again sparked by the serves of Pilotta to take control. Finishing the night with a team-high five aces, Pilotta was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
It was another strong day overall for the Tigers, epitomized by junior Mia Tuman with 23 assists, 13 digs and nine kills. Junior Ella Deeter added to the attack with eight kills and two aces. Senior Jadyn Perkins tallied seven kills and team-high seven blocks.
On defense, junior libero Caroline Curran tallied a team-best 15 digs, followed by sophomore Avery Butcher with 10 digs.
North Allegheny improves to 18-1 overall and will face section rival Shaler in the PIAA semifinals on Tuesday night at a site and time to be determined. The match will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Girls Volleyball Summary vs Elizabethtown, 11-13-21
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The four-time reigning Class AAAA state champions began their quest for a fifth straight crown on Tuesday night with a 3-0 win over State College in the first round of the PIAA playoffs. The Tigers won by set scores of 25-8, 25-13 and 25-23.
Tuesday night marked the seventh time in the last 10 years that North Allegheny and State College faced off in the PIAA playoffs. Like the previous six meetings, it was the Tigers who came away victorious.
Coming off a thrilling reverse sweep over Shaler in the WPIAL championship, North Allegheny continued to ride the wave of that momentum into a swift 25-8 victory in set one over State College. The opening game win was sparked by junior Carissa Treser’s four kills and senior Jadyn Perkins’ three kills and two blocks. Both Treser and Perkins finished tied with a team-high eight kills. Perkins added three blocks on the evening and was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
Carnegie Mellon University commit Emi Shukla produced a pair of kills to help State College hang around with NA in the second half, trailing 12-8 in the middle stages of the set. However, North Allegheny won 13 of the next 18 points to take a 25-13 victory. Senior Rachel Burton and sophomore Kyra Schmidt helped power the Tigers in the second set with three and two kills, respectively. Both Burton and Schmidt finished with five kills each. The set point in games one and two were both provided by senior Chelsea Boyer with a pair of aces.
Winners of 11 consecutive District 6 titles, the Little Lions refused to go away quietly in the third set and trailed by just two points. Haverford College commit Claire Jordan spearheaded the charge for State College with three kills. Despite a spirited effort from State College in the final set, North Allegheny prevailed thanks in part to three more kills by Perkins for a 25-23 win. Treser delivered the match point with a kill to cap the win.
Other leaders for the Tigers included junior libero Caroline Curran with 12 digs, followed by junior Mia Tuman’s 10 digs and junior Rebecca Pilotta’s six digs. Tuman, an Ohio State commit, added a team-best 28 assists, five kills and three blocks.
North Allegheny improves to 17-1 on the season, while State College has its season come to an end with a 12-3 mark. The Tigers advance to the PIAA quarterfinals to face Elizabethtown on Saturday at a site and time to be determined. The contest will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Girls Volleyball Summary vs State College, 11-9-21
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by Jared Barton
The North Allegheny Girls Volleyball team is WPIAL Champions once again, following a 3-2 win in the final over the Shaler Titans Saturday night at the UPMC Events Center. Its the fourth WPIAL crown in the last five seasons for the Tigers and eighth WPIAL title overall.
NA had its back against the wall early, after dropping the first two sets, 25-22 and 25-20.
The Tigers pulled themselves back into the contest in set three, and the extended sequence that gave the Tigers a 15-10 lead was just the change in momentum NA needed. The Tigers took a seven-point lead at one point late in the set. NA won the third set 25-18.
In set four, the Titans and Tigers went back and forth, with NA taking another seven-point lead late, and won the set with the same score as the previous set.
It all came down to set five and both teams were neck and neck, tied at seven apiece. Shaler looked like they had life left, taking a 11-8 lead late, but NA stormed back, tying the score at 12 and 13 respectively. North Allegheny finished off the final frame with a 15-13 win.
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Jadyn Perkins led the Tigers with 16 kills and five blocks. Carissa Treser was right behind her with 14 kills. Caroline Curran had a team-high 18 digs and one ace. Kyra Schmidt and Rachel Burton also recorded aces. Mia Tuman had a team-high 41 assists.
Curran and Treser earned Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors for their efforts.
North Allegheny improves to 16-1 overall on the season, while Shaler falls to 17-2. Both teams qualify for the PIAA playoffs next week.
Girls Volleyball Summary vs Shaler, 11-6-21
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