Preview: Class 4A Girls Volleyball Championship
No. 1 North Allegheny (19-0) vs. No. 2 Armstrong (18-1) At Baldwin (6 p.m.)
The top two teams throughout the regular season will battle for the WPIAL championship tonight. Although they are the top two, there is still gap between who is the best team. North Allegheny is having on of the more impressive season’s in the WPIAL in history. Not only have they not lost a match all season, they have only lost four sets, and none of those came in the playoffs as they swept its way to the title game with wins against Connellsville, Peters Township, and Hempfield. They nearly lost the first set to Hempfield, but were able to storm back after being down a couple of set points. Armstrong has been impressive in their run to tonight’s game, winning 13 straight, including knocking out the defending WPIAL champion, Seneca Valley, in four sets in the semifinals. Throughout the season, the River Hawks 14 sweeps to the Tigers 16.
Armstrong has not won a championship since they merged between Kittanning and Ford City. They lost in the quarterfinals last season. North Allegheny also lost in the quarterfinals last year, and is looking to hoist the trophy for the first time since 2013.
For Armstrong, they recently had three players make all-section for the Big 56 Conference and had Andrea Lasher win Coach of the Year for the Section. Making first team was Kenzie Lasher, Loryn Bowser, and Lauren Crytzer. As expected, the Tigers had a plethora of players make all-section, led by Coach of the Year, Heidi Miller. Joining coach was her daughter Abby Miiler, Erin Carmody, and Kayla Dinkins.
Seneca Valley and Hempfield will play in the consolation game at 4 p.m.to determine the final WPIAL team to qualify for the PIAA playoffs.
For a complete look at the bracket, click on the link below.