TIGERS CONQUER TROJANS IN PIAA FIRST ROUND, 3-0
The North Allegheny girls’ volleyball team dispatched the McDowell Trojans on Tuesday night in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA tournament. The Tigers rolled the District 10 champions by set scores of 25-9, 25-12 and 25-17.
The last time North Allegheny and McDowell faced each other was in the PIAA first round in 2012. The Tigers won that contest by a 3-1 decision and Tuesday night’s meeting between the two schools had similar results.
A mirror image of the first set in the WPIAL championship game against Baldwin, North Allegheny breezed in set one with a 25-9 win over McDowell. Sophomore Paige Miller asserted her dominance in the early going with five kills, on her way to a 13-kill performance.
Along with Paige Miller, junior Madison Curran added two kills in the first set. Sophomore Paige Morningstar and junior Abby Miller posted a pair of aces. Senior Allena Carmody was also prominent with her serves and defensive play.
North Allegheny controlled the action in set two with a 25-12 victory. Senior Anna Sprys posted four kills in the set and Curran added three more.
The Tigers closed out the sweep with a 25-17 triumph in set three. Most of the roster saw time on the floor in the final set, including freshman Rachel Burton who tallied the final point of the night with a kill.
North Allegheny improves to 20-0 on the season and extends its winning streak to 44 in a row. The Lady Tigers will face off against the State College Little Lions on Saturday in the PIAA quarterfinals. State College is the champion from District 6 and also boasts a 20-0 overall record.