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High school volleyball roundup: Shaler tops Penn-Trafford in quarterfinals

| Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, 10:18 p.m.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Freeport's Morgan Ruppersberger (left) and Zoe Pawlak challenge the shot from Central Valley's Seairra Barrett during their WPIAL tournament win Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at Fox Chapel.

Annie Bozzo recorded 19 kills and five aces, and Shaler recovered from a 25-11 loss in the first game to beat Penn-Trafford, 3-1, on Tuesday in a WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal at North Hills.

The Titans outlasted Penn-Trafford, 27-25, in the second game before winning the third and fourth by scores of 25-16 and 25-13.

“It was really important for us to win that second game,” Shaler coach Kris Ruppert said.

Bozzo scored four of her aces in the third game when Shaler closed on a 9-0 run.

Shaler will face Bethel Park at 6 p.m. Thursday at Chartiers Valley.

Bethel Park 3, Pine-Richland 0 — The No. 7 seeded Black Hawks swept a quarterfinal contest at North Hills by game scores of 25-19, 25-20, 25-23.

North Allegheny 3, Hempfield 0 — After a quarterfinal-round victory in straight sets, North Allegheny will play Norwin in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Chartiers Valley.

Norwin 3, Seneca Valley 2 — Trailing 2-0, the Knights rallied to win the final three sets 25-22, 25-16 and 15-13, to complete the comeback in the Class AAA quarterfinals.

Class AA

Freeport 3, Central Valley 1 — Zoe Pawlak had 15 kills and nine aces, and Alexis Schrecengost had seven kills and 24 service points to lead Freeport to a win in the Class A quarterfinals at Fox Chapel. Freeport will play Knoch in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday at North Hills.

Hopewell 3, Seton-La Salle 1 — Fourth-seeded Hopewell won 25-21, 25-21, 13-25, 25-23 in its Class AA quarterfinal match at Chartiers Valley. Hopewell will play in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at North Hills.

Indiana 3, Elizabeth Forward 0 — At Fox Chapel, the No. 1 seeded Little Indians swept a Class AA quarterfinal match.

Knoch 3, Thomas Jefferson 1 — Senior Celina Sanks finished with 12 kills and six blocks, while Schaely Renfrew and Mary Zellhart added eight and six kills, respectively, for No. 6 Knoch (16-2), which won the Class AA quarterfinal by game scores of 25-22, 25-23, 18-25 and 25-19. Rachel Stover finished with 18 kills to lead No. 3 Thomas Jefferson (17-1).

Class A

Bishop Canevin 3, Serra Catholic 0 — The top-seeded Crusaders swept their way through the Class A quarterfinals with scores of 25-7, 25-19 and 25-18 at Baldwin. Bishop Canevin will play Neshannock in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at North Allegheny.

Greensburg Central Catholic 3, Carlynton 0 — The second-seeded Centurions won in a sweep, 25-22, 25-19 and 25-17, in the Class A quarterfinals at Baldwin. Greensburg Central Catholic will play OLSH in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday at North Allegheny.

Neshannock 3, Shenango 2 — Neshannock, the No. 12 seed in Class A, won in upset fashion, taking the fifth game 15-13 over No. 4 Shenango at Avonworth.

OLSH 3, West Shamokin 1 — At Avonworth, Lexie Yoho had 20 kills to lead No. 3 OLSH to a 25-15, 25-15, 19-25, 25-20 victory in the Class A quarterfinals. Amanda Wensel led No. 6 West Shamokin with 13 kills.

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