NA SEIZES SOLE POSSESSION OF FIRST PLACE WITH SWEEP OF PINE-RICHLAND
In a battle of undefeated team in Section 1-AAAA, the North Allegheny Tigers took sole possession of first place in the section standings with a 3-0 win over the Pine-Richland Rams on Tuesday night. The Tigers won by set scores of 25-10, 25-23 and 25-21. The victory marks the 12th straight against the Rams and the 32nd in a row overall.
The top-ranked Tigers got off to a hot start against the fifth-ranked Rams and cruised to a 25-10 triumph in the opening set. Sophomore Paige Miller, and seniors Anna Sprys and Avery Tuman all posted four kills each in set one.
Pine-Richland bounced back in the second set and held an 11-5 lead thanks in part to senior Michaela Pettinato, who totaled four kills in the set. Freshman Sophie Catalano notched three kills and a block as well. However, North Allegheny rallied on the strength of four kills by Tuman, including set point, to prevail 25-23. Tuman finished with nine kills on the night.
The Rams again had NA on the ropes in the third set and held a 19-15 lead late in the game. Undaunted, the Tigers once more came from behind and rolled off 10 of the next 12 points to win the set, 25-21. Paige Miller played a key role with six kills in the set on her way to a team-high 12 kills.
On defense, sophomore Paige Morningstar totaled a team-high eight digs. Malia Duffy and Abby Miller notched six digs each.
North Allegheny improves to 9-0 overall and 6-0 in Section 1-AAAA. Pine-Richland falls to 5-2 overall and 5-1 in the section. The Lady Tigers host Shaler on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. in another section contest. The Rams will travel to Butler on Thursday for a 7 p.m. section match.