NA Downs Freeport in Battle Of Top-Ranked Teams

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In a battle between the top-ranked teams in Class 4A and Class 2A, the North Allegheny Tigers swept the Freeport Yellow Jackets on Monday night, 3-0, in the 2022 season opener. The Tigers, the five-time reigning PIAA champions in the largest classification, earned the win by set scores of 25-13, 25-14 and 25-10.

Freeport, who won the WPIAL Class 3A title last year, dropped down to Class 2A this season. In the opening set, the two champions battled to a 9-9 tie in the early going. That’s when NA rattled off a 6-0 run and seized the momentum. Senior Carissa Treser helped spark the run with five of her six kills coming in the opening set. Fellow senior Mia Tuman served up a pair of aces and added a block to solidify a 25-13 win.

The Tigers jumped out to a 6-1 lead in set two and controlled the action thanks to the powerful swings of senior Ella Deeter and junior Rylee Gadomski. Deeter delivered five of her team-high 12 kills in the set and added a pair of aces. Gadomski tallied five kills and spearheaded NA’s strong start in the set. After missing all of last season with a knee injury, Gadomski made a triumphant return to action and was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Match. NA took the second set by a 25-14 decision.

The third set was all North Allegheny. The Tigers again raced out to a quick lead and cruised to a 25-10 victory. The final two points of the night came courtesy of a Julie Butler kill and a Caileigh Duffy ace. Duffy totaled two aces on the evening, and overall, North Allegheny collectively tallied eight aces.

The NA offense was driven by the 27 assists of Tuman. Defensively, senior libero Caroline Curran led with 12 digs. Deeter and Tuman followed with 11 digs apiece. Junior Avery Butcher posted eight digs.

With the season-opening win, North Allegheny will take on another traditionally strong program, the Norwin Knights, on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The match will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Girls Volleyball Summary vs. Freeport, 8-29-22

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