The Big 56 Conference announced its all-section teams on Friday afternoon and seven Tigers earned all-section accolades, including three first-team members. Additionally, North Allegheny head coach Heidi Miller was recognized as the Section 1-AAAA Coach of the Year.
Senior setter Paige Morningstar, senior hitter Paige Miller and sophomore hitter Mia Tuman were all named first-team All-Section 1 honorees by the Big 56 Conference. All three were recently named first-team All-WPIAL as well.
Earning second-team laurels were sophomore libero Caroline Curran, senior hitter Madison Beer and junior hitter Jadyn Perkins. Curran and Perkins were both selected as second-team All-WPIAL members just two weeks ago.
Junior hitter Rachel Burton was an all-section honorable mention selection by the Big 56.
All seven players made significant contributions toward North Allegheny’s perfect 18-0 season and fourth straight PIAA championship.
It was National Signing Day on Wednesday and North Allegheny senior setter Paige Morningstar signed her letter of intent to play college volleyball at the University of Louisville.
Earlier in the week, Morningstar earned first-team All-WPIAL honors for a third consecutive season. She was named first-team all-state by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association the past two seasons and is well on her way toward a third.
During her four-year tenure on the team, the Tigers have amassed a staggering record of 85-1 and counting. Morningstar has played a vital role in three WPIAL championships and three PIAA crowns. The Tigers are vying for a fourth consecutive state title this season.
A talented multi-sport athlete, Morningstar was a starting forward on the 2020 WPIAL Class 6A champion North Allegheny girls’ basketball team. In the title game against Bethel Park, Morningstar delivered the game-clinching free throw with 5.9 seconds remaining in overtime to secure a 54-50 victory.
An athletic inside presence, Morningstar was second on the team in scoring and rebounding with 9.3 points and 5.7 boards per game. For her athleticism in both sports, Morningstar was tabbed as the Trib HSSN’s Girls Athlete of the Year last season.
Morningstar will major in Business at the University of Louisville. She is pictured above with her parents Darren and Kim Morningstar.
🚨✍️ALERT 🚨 This just in! Setter Paige Morningstar just signed with the Cardinals! Welcome to Card Nation! 🏐❤️🖤 pic.twitter.com/UsDpqYldRi
— Louisville Volleyball (@UofLVolleyball) November 11, 2020
Five members of the North Allegheny girls’ volleyball team were named WPIAL All-Stars on Tuesday. Earning first-team All-WPIAL laurels were senior setter Paige Morningstar, senior outside hitter Paige Miller and sophomore outside hitter Mia Tuman. It’s the third straight season Morningstar has received first-team All-WPIAL recognition. Miller is making her fourth appearance on the All-WPIAL list, earning second-team laurels in 2019, first-team honors in 2018 and third-team recognition in 2017.
Second-team All-WPIAL honorees included junior middle hitter Jadyn Perkins and sophomore defensive specialist Caroline Curran. For a look at the entire 2020 All-WPIAL list, click here.
Fresh off a WPIAL title win, the North Allegheny girls’ volleyball team will begin its quest for a fourth straight state championship on Saturday in the PIAA quarterfinals against McDowell. The contest will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
The WPIAL released its volleyball playoff pairings on Monday afternoon and the North Allegheny Tigers received the No. 1 seed in Class 4A. The three-time reigning state champions are undefeated on the season at 12-0 and will have a first-round bye. The Tigers will host the winner of the Seneca Valley/Latrobe match up in the quarterfinal round on Saturday at noon. The North Allegheny Sports Network will have live coverage of Saturday’s matchup.
For a complete look at the Class 4A bracket, click here.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association/USA Today 2020 preseason regional rankings were released on Friday and the North Allegheny girls’ volleyball team is ranked No. 1 in Region 2. Region 2 consists of schools from schools in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., New Jersey, Virginia and Delaware. To see the entire AVCA poll, click here.