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Plum volleyball hopes to break out in second half of section slate

By Michael Love
The Plum varsity boys volleyball team hopes to reverse several tough outcomes in the second half of Section 3-AAA play, and improved play against section leaders Penn-Trafford, Latrobe and Norwin is at the top of the wish list. The Mustangs host Penn Hills in the first game of the section’s …

Latrobe volleyball team working on becoming cohesive unit to take advantage of talent
By Ed Phillipps
As the home stretch of the season approaches, the Latrobe boys volleyball team knows what it needs to work on. It’s not so much the …
TJ boys volleyball still finding room to grow
By Justin Criado
In his four years of starting for Thomas Jefferson, setter Luke Good has seen it all, but he said this year’s team is a different …
Penn-Trafford boys volleyball off to strong start
By Doug Gulasy
The WPIAL boys volleyball season is in its early stages, but Penn-Trafford’s squad is doing its best to show it belongs among the elite teams …
Returning talent good news for FC volleyball
By Marty Stewart
The Fox Chapel volleyball team features a wealth of returning talent, and coach Phil O’Keeffe has a high level of optimism. “I believe that we can contend for a WPIAL title,” he said. “We have a lot of all-section performers returning, and we only lost one starter. Last year, we …
Norwin volleyball prepares for tough stretch
By Doug Gulasy
Jay Grushecky knows the scope of the challenge the Norwin boys volleyball team will face over the next week. After opening the season 4-0, the …
Derry boys volleyball team establishes lofty goals
By Justin Criado
Derry outside hitter Matt Vasinko remembers all too well how the past two seasons ended. Twice defeated by Ambridge in the WPIAL  Class AA championship, …
Norwin boys volleyball team breezes to win over Penn Hills
By Dave Mackall
It was over in a heartbeat. In a boys volleyball match that began 15 minutes earlier than the scheduled starting time because of a quick, one-sided affair in the preliminary junior varsity match, the Norwin varsity team completed a sweep of visiting Penn Hills on Thursday night, dominating the Indians, …
Baldwin boys’ volleyball team counting on individual athleticism
By Ray Fisher
Three seniors and four juniors have been joined by a top sophomore player in the Baldwin boys’ varsity volleyball team’s starting lineup this season. “The …
Good sets early tone for Thomas Jefferson’s netters
By Ray Fisher
Thomas Jefferson’s boys’ volleyball program has a ton of playing experience among its varsity team members this season. Head coach Frank Staffen welcomed nine returning …
Fox Chapel, Plum expect success with returning starters at setter
By Bill West
When Pittsburgh Volleyball Club coaches first approached him with the idea of changing his position to setter about three years ago, Fox Chapel junior Max …
Norwin seniors take aim at WPIAL title
By Doug Gulasy
Two seasons ago, after the Norwin boys volleyball team lost to North Allegheny in the WPIAL championship match, Nick Nguyen was standing with the rest …
Penn-Trafford boys volleyball looks to build off breakthrough year
By Doug Gulasy
The Penn-Trafford boys volleyball team compiled a record-setting season in 2013. But the Warriors came agonizingly close to even more history. Penn-Trafford advanced to the …
Plum boys volleyball focused on consistency, return to playoffs
By Dave Schrecengost
Plum continues to maintain its status as one of the WPIAL’s most consistently competitive boys’ volleyball programs. The Mustangs have qualified for the WPIAL Class …
Experience key for Gateway boys volleyball team
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity boys volleyball team was young last year, as there were no seniors on the roster. Inexperience early on and injuries to key players late in the campaign contributed to a tough 0-12 mark in Section 3-AAA and an 0-14 record overall. But head coach Jay Wu said …
West Shamokin, Ford City boys volleyball teams strive for same goal
By Matt Grubba
The challenges are different for West Shamokin’s and Ford City’s boys volleyball teams, but both hope to raise the level of their program in 2014. The Wolves are coming off a third-place finish in Section 2-AA, with only a few returning faces in the lineup. Their section rival, the Sabers, …
Belle Vernon senior plays through pain
By Les Harvath
Belle Vernon senior volleyball/softball player Alexis Ellin holds a position of honor in the local Murphy’s Law Club. After having surgery on her left foot …