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Ford City girls volleyball playing for 1st section banner

By Matt Grubba
A look around the venerable gym at Ford City displays quite a list of championships. Banners hanging in the gym show a WPIAL-record 33 section …

Elizabeth Forward volleyball team keeps winning, despite new look
By Karen Kadilak 1:26 a.m.
With only two returning starters, the Elizabeth Forward girls volleyball team is rebuilding. But coach Lindsay Lesofsky doesn’t look at it that way. “We have a lot of good talent,” she said. The Warriors (5-3 overall and 4-2 in Section 5-AA) are optimistic about reaching the WPIAL playoffs for the …
Carlynton volleyball team continues progression
By Nathan Smith
When Emily Tupi took over the Carlynton girls volleyball program eight years ago, ‘successful’ wasn’t a word used to describe the program. “They never had …
Host Mustangs four-peat as Plum Invitational champs
By Michael Love
The Plum Invitational girls volleyball tournament is a tradition every September at Plum High School. And winning the tournament has become a tradition for the …
Thomas Jefferson hosting Seton-La Salle in important girls volleyball match
By Ray Fisher
The date has been circled on their calendars since the start of the season. Seton-La Salle visits Thomas Jefferson tonight, Thursday, for a gigantic Section 6-AA girls’ volleyball match. “It is an important section match,” Ron Kelly, TJ’s head coach, said. “One of the keys will be who serves and …
Gateway earns top-4 finish at Plum Invite
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity girls volleyball team won the Silver Bracket consolation playoff at the season-opening Franklin Regional Tournament on Aug. 30. The Gators wanted a …
Kittanning volleyball humbled by West Shamokin in 3-set loss
By Matt Grubba
Kittanning’s first in-section trip to West Shamokin in three years wasn’t a pleasant one for the Wildcats. The Wolves jumped out early on a Wildcats team plagued by errors to win 3-0 on Tuesday and move into a three-way tie with Derry and Ford City for first in Section 3-AA. …
Ford City beats West Shamokin to take Section 3-AA lead
By Matt Grubba
The time when Ford City volleyball can fly under the radar might have ended Thursday. The Sabers gutted out two sets that reached extra points to come out with a 3-0 win over West Shamokin and take sole possession of first place in Section 3-AA. Justyne Lasher had a match-high …
Mars girls volleyball team finds early success in Triple-A
By Joe Sager
Mars’ girls volleyball team is in a different galaxy this year. The Fightin’ Planets moved up to Class AAA this season after establishing themselves as …
Chartiers Valley girls volleyball excited about combination of leadership, young talent
By Gary Horvath
For the first time in their careers, Rebecca Fallert and Amanda Mazzarini are okay with being subbed off the volleyball court. After four years of …
Satira making an impact for Plum volleyball team
By Michael Love
Plum coach Kory Flaherty has witnessed Rachel Satira’s transformation as a volleyball player over the past four years. “Rachel was very timid and afraid to …
Gateway volleyball opens Section 4 play with sweep of Fox Chapel
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity girls volleyball team wanted to keep up the momentum gained from its Silver Bracket consolation championship at the season-opening Franklin Regional Tournament as it began Section 4-AAA play against Fox Chapel on Sept. 2. The Foxes have made their mark the past several seasons with WPIAL playoff …
Early playoff losses motivate Frazier volleyball
By Jason Black
The Frazier volleyball team has piled up four straight undefeated seasons in Section 5-A, but in the past two seasons, the Commodores have failed to …
Freeport sweeps past Knoch in playoff rematch
By Doug Gulasy
Although the atmosphere at Tuesday night’s Section 4-AA match at Knoch sometimes resembled a gymnastics meet, the Freeport girls volleyball team wasn’t about to take …
Experienced Derry volleyball team relying on senior class
By Alex Oltmanns
After going through last season without a single returning starter from the year before, the Derry girls volleyball team’s roster was composed of primarily inexperienced players. But as the team begins play in 2014, the Trojans are using the previous 6-7 campaign as a learning experience and now feature five …
Southmoreland girls volleyball relies on hustle, defense
By Dave Stofcheck
Southmoreland girls volleyball coach Sam Coffman is hoping a strong core of experienced seniors can offset the pressure of being placed in a tough realigned …
Butler girls volleyball team facing uphill climb
By Joe Sager
Butler’s girls volleyball team wants to get back to the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs. It’s a place the Golden Tornado hasn’t been since the 2008 season. The team hoped a strong showing in its own season-opening tournament would help set the tone for the year. Butler opened last weekend’s eight-team …