Bishop Canevin volleyball loses in Class A title game
Heading into the WPIAL Class A playoffs, the Bishop Canevin girls volleyball team was on a roll. The squad had won 10 straight heading into the tournament, with the last loss coming Sept. 24.
Unfortunately for the Lady Crusaders, the streak ended at the worst time. Bishop Canevin fell to Greensburg Central Catholic, 3-0, in the WPIAL Class A title game.
“I thought the No. 1 and No. 2 teams faced off for the championship,” Bishop Canevin coach Kevin Walters said. “We came into the tournament as the No. 3 team but I thought we were at least the No. 2 team. We knew Greensburg Central Catholic had a good team. We knew they were big and strong.
“I thought we played well. Greensburg Central Catholic was just the better team.”
Katie Oliverio started the match the right way for the Lady Crusaders, recording an ace to give her squad an early 1-0 lead. The team battled to a 10-10 tie before the Lady Centurions went on a 15-9 run to win the first game, 25-19.
Greensburg Central Catholic stormed to a 7-3 lead in the second set before Bishop Canevin rallied and tied the score at 10-10 thanks to an Erin Cunningham kill. The Lady Centurions built a lead of 21-18 before two kills by Ashley Grimm cut it to one. Despite the comeback effort, Greensburg Central Catholic held on for a 25-21 win.
The Lady Centurions led by as many as six points in the third set before Bishop Canevin rallied and a Cunningham ace cut the score to 23-21. But the deficit was too much, and Greensburg Central Catholic held on for a 25-21 win.
“We knew what they were going to do,” Walters said. “We knew Shannon Hurley was their big dog. They did what we thought they would do. We weren't able to control the game.”
Bishop Canevin defeated South Side Beaver, 3-0; Riverview, 3-1; and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, 3-0, to reach the championship game.
The Lady Crusaders didn't have much time to concentrate on the loss to Greensburg Central Catholic as they moved on to the PIAA Class A tournament. The last time Bishop Canevin reached the state tournament, in 2010, the squad made it to the quarterfinals.
“I told the team (after the championship game) we are very young and we will be back here next year,” Walters said. “And we still have states. We need to take the next team they give us and see how far we can get in states.”
Bishop Canevin faced Clarion in the first round of the PIAA Class A playoffs Tuesday. Results were unavailable at press time.
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-388-5813.