Lady Tigers Win Joust With Knights, Advance To WPIAL Championship

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The North Allegheny Lady Tigers advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA Finals with a 3-0 win over the Norwin Knights on Thursday night at Chartiers Valley High School.  The Lady Tigers claimed the victory in the semifinal round with set scores of 26-24, 25-16 and 25-15.

Fresh off an impressive 3-2 win over Seneca Valley in the quarterfinals, Norwin jumped on North Allegheny in set one for an 18-12 lead behind the big swings of senior Catherine Farragonio.  Farragionio, the daughter of Norwin head coach Mary Ellen Farragonio, delivered five kills and two aces in the set to lead the Knights to the six point lead.  Following a time out by NA head coach Heidi Miller, the top-seeded Lady Tigers answered the wake-up call and clawed back for a 26-24 win. Senior Danielle Wall was clutch in the momentum swaying opening set with four kills, two aces, a block and countless athletic digs. Wall was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

North Allegheny’s rally in set one deflated the Knights as the Tigers rolled to wins of 25-16 and 25-15 in the final two sets.  Despite the loss, Ferragonio was impressive for the Knights, finishing with an unofficial 14 kills in the night.  Along with Wall, senior Erin Swartz had a strong evening for North Allegheny with 12 kills unofficially and junior Meg Morningstar collected a team-high five blocks.

North Allegheny improves to 18-0 on the season and will battle the Bethel Park Blackhawks on Saturday night at 6:30 pm at Char Valley High School for the WPIAL Championship. The match will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

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