GCC girls win program's 1st volleyball title
By Bill West
Published: Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, 10:44 p.m.
Greensburg Central Catholic's Shannon Hurley stood on the volleyball court at Chartiers Valley High School three seasons ago as a freshman starter and accepted a silver medal in the WPIAL Class A finals.
Hurley's final year with the Centurions has a golden hue.
In another memorable experience at Chartiers Valley, the senior outside hitter, a Winthrop recruit, hit 17 kills as part of the Centurions' overwhelming offense, which fueled No. 1 seed Greensburg Central Catholic (18-0) to a 3-0 win over No. 3 Bishop Canevin (20-2) in the Class A championship.
The title is Greensburg Central Catholic's first.
“I just remember my coach (Heather Meyer), telling me, ‘Don't worry. We're going to get a gold medal,' ” Hurley said of the second-place finish in 2009. “And now I have one.”
The Centurions, who won by scores of 25-19, 25-21 and 25-21, attacked from all angles. Senior Emma Dickson and sophomore Leah Bisignani split setting duties, and the duo also found time to combine for 17 kills.
Bisignani and junior Ashley Scalise held a block party on defense. The latter finished with six blocks for points.
“We are a lot taller team than most,” Meyer said. “I've never had a taller team during my time here.”
Seniors Alexa Kacin and Katie Hickey tracked down many of the shots that snuck by the Centurions' front row. But their hustle still sometimes failed to stifle Bishop Canevin juniors Ashley Grimm and Callie Jacobs, who had eight and six kills, respectively.
The Crusaders just lacked a way to slow Greensburg Central Catholic's collection of stars.
“We had to be perfect on defense,” Bishop Canevin coach Kevin Walters said. “We've been pretty close to perfect all season. … We could've been a little better today, but you'll have that.”
Both Greensburg Central Catholic and Bishop Canevin advance to the PIAA tournament, which begins Tuesday.
Bill West is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.