NA Tops Garnet Valley For 6th Consecutive PIAA Crown
The North Allegheny girls’ volleyball team laid claim to a sixth consecutive PIAA Class 4A championship with a 3-1 triumph against Garnet Valley on Saturday night at Cumberland Valley High School. The Tigers won by set scores of 26-28, 26-24, 25-8 and 25-12. The streak of six consecutive titles for North Allegheny is the second longest in state history behind only the Norwin Knights, who won nine straight PIAA titles from 1976-1984.
Garnet Valley was seeking its second PIAA crown and earned a hard-fought win in set one, 28-26, to gain the early advantage. The Jaguars led 24-22 in the second set and were just a point away from seemingly gaining control of the match. However, the North Allegheny juggernaut displayed its championship mettle by scoring four consecutive points to take a 26-24 victory.
Similar to their win over Pine-Richland in the state semifinals, the Tigers completely dominated the rest of the night enroute to the PIAA crown. North Allegheny closed out the match with wins of 25-8 and 25-12 in sets three and four, respectively. The score in set three tied the PIAA record for the most lopsided set in a PIAA final since the state went to first-to-25 scoring in 2003.
Individually, senior Mia Tuman led the way with 14 kills, 12 digs and 41 assists. Senior Ella Zimmer delivered 11 kills, while seniors Ella Deeter and Carissa Treser notched 10 kills each. Senior libero Caroline Curran paced the defense with 25 digs, while Deeter followed with 14. Deeter and Zimmer clogged the net with six blocks each and senior Maddie Fickess chipped in with four blocks.
For their outstanding efforts in the title match and throughout their careers, the senior class of Curran, Fickess, Deeter, Tuman, Treser, Zimmer and Rebecca Pilotta were named the Wright Automotive Players of the Match.
With the championship win, North Allegheny closed out the season with a 22-1 overall record and a ninth overall PIAA championship. Congratulations to head coach Russ Hoburg, the coaching staff and the entire North Allegheny girls’ volleyball team on another championship season.
Girls Volleyball Summary vs. Garnet Valley, 11-19-22
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