Tigers Vanquish Spartans In WPIAL Quarterfinals
Following a first-round bye, the top-seeded North Allegheny girls’ volleyball team opened the WPIAL playoffs with a Class 4A quarterfinal victory over ninth-seeded Hempfield on Thursday night, 3-0, at UPMC Court. The Tigers prevailed by set scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-17.
The six-time reigning PIAA champions flexed their muscle in the opening set and overpowered the visiting Spartans with a well-balanced attack en route to an easy 25-13 win. Indiana University of Pennsylvania commit Kyra Schmidt led the charge in game one with four kills, followed by two kills each from senior Jamie Frisco, senior Ariana Schiller and freshman Molly Robertson. Schiller and Robertson totaled five kills each on the night.
Coming off their first playoff win in six years, the Spartans hung tough with the Tigers in set two and trailed just 16-15 thanks to four kills and one ace from senior outside hitter Ashley Hosni. Despite Hempfield’s resurgent effort, the big swings of Jamie Frisco proved to be too much as NA pulled away for a 25-19 triumph. Jamie Frisco totaled six kills in the set and finished with a team-high 10 on the evening.
In set three, North Allegheny built an 18-5 lead before a 7-0 run by Hempfield trimmed the score to 18-12. The late surge by the Spartans was not enough, however, as Hempfield dug itself too big of a hole and the Tigers coasted to a 25-17 win. Senior Rylee Gadomski tallied a pair of kills down the stretch and junior Isabella Huwar’s block closed out the match for the final point. Freshman middle blocker Alicia Mokube was also impressive in the third game with two kills and two blocks.
Other standouts included junior Mack Jones with a team-high four aces and 18 assists. Robertson distributed 17 assists and earned Wright Automotive Player of the Match honors for a well-rounded effort.
Senior libero Avery Butcher posted a team-high 11 digs on defense, followed by seniors Caileigh Duffy and Jordan Frisco with eight and six digs, respectively.
North Allegheny improves to 14-1 overall, while Hempfield’s season ends with a 9-8 mark. The Tigers will face a familiar foe in the WPIAL quarterfinals on Wednesday night when they face the Pine-Richland Rams at a site and time to be determined. The match will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Girls Volleyball Summary vs. Hempfield, 10-26-23
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