High school roundup: Defending champion Hopewell returns to WPIAL finals

| Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, 10:18 p.m.

Class AAA No. 1 Hopewell continued its run through the WPIAL volleyball playoffs with a 3-1 semifinal win over upset-minded Indiana on Wednesday night at North Allegheny. The defending champion Vikings dropped the opening game 25-21, then prevailed in the remaining games, 25-23, 26-24, 27-25.

“We have a veteran group that has a ‘been there, done that' mentality,” coach Terry Borkovic said. “They've been involved in lots of playoff-type games and stayed calm and collected.”

Seniors Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (17 kills, 10 blocks) and Sydney Belcastro (25 digs, 3 aces) led the way for Hopewell (20-1).

“Walker-Kimbrough was amazing at the net with her blocks and kills,” Borkovic said. “She really took command of the game. Belcastro's digging was also excellent.”

Hopewell will play Mars for the WPIAL title at 4:15 p.m. Saturday at Chartiers Valley.

Mars 3, Ambridge 0 — Third-seeded Mars advanced to the WPIAL title game with a three-set victory, 25-10, 25-15, 25-17. Ambridge has qualified for the PIAA tournament.

Greensburg C.C 3, West Shamokin 0 — The top-seeded Centurions (17-1) advanced to the WPIAL Class A finals for a third time since 2007 by beating Section 1-A foe West Shamokin (11-4) for the third time this season. Shannon Hurley led GCC with 14 kills, and Jill Glover had a team-high 12 kills for No. 4 seed West Shamokin.

Greensburg Central Catholic will take on Bishop Canevin in the championship at 2 p.m. Saturday at Chartiers Valley. West Shamokin has qualified for the PIAA tournament.

Bishop Canevin 3, OLSH 0 — Ashley Grimm recorded eight kills, and Jody Mackin and Kelly Jacobs recorded seven each, as the No. 3 Crusaders (21-1) won a WPIAL Class A semifinal match at North Hills, 27-25, 28-26, 25-17. Katie Oliviero had 16 assists and 20 digs, and Bailey McDonel had 14 assists.

Mt. Lebanon 3, Oakland Catholic 0 — Caroline Grattan had 22 kills, and Rachel Amoroso recorded 38 assists to lead No. 4 Mt. Lebanon (15-4) to a 28-26, 25-22, 25-19 victory over top-ranked Oakland Catholic in the Class AAA semifinals at Chartiers Valley.

“For our team, we only really measure on how hard we play. The winning and losing kind of takes care of itself,” Mt. Lebanon coach Jeff Schilling said.

“We were prepared, the kids played really well. They were a good team with some terrific attackers.”

The Blue Devils will play Fox Chapel in the championship game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Chartiers Valley. Oakland Catholic will take on North Allegheny in the consolation game at noon.

Fox Chapel 3, North Allegheny 2 — The Foxes advanced to the WPIAL championship game with a five-set victory over the Tigers at Chartiers Valley.

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