Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Norwin's Timing Is Perfect for States

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Norwin's Timing Is Perfect for States

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The Norwin High School boys' volleyball team avenged its loss to Central Catholic, and it couldn't have come at a better time.

The Knights posted a 3-1 victory against the Vikings to earn a trip to the PIAA championships this weekend at Shippensburg University.

Norwin's win against Central Catholic came in the WPIAL consolation for third place, which was held last Friday at North Hills High School prior to the championship match, which was won for the second straight year by North Allegheny.

"This is the first Norwin boys' team to qualify for the PIAA championships," said Norwin coach Allen Warden, referring to the fact that the top three finishers qualify for the state tournament.

"It means even more to the kids after losing in the consolation match last year."

The title comes two weeks after Central Catholic won the Mt. Lebanon tournament, which was held the final weekend of the regular season.

"We faced Central Catholic in pool play at the Mt. Lebanon tournament and lost two close games, 25-21 and 25-22," said Warden. "We met them again in the quarterfinals and lost, 26-24."

Norwin recorded a 25-21, 16-25, 25-20, 25-22 win in the rematch with Central Catholic.

"We served much better this time, which allowed us to keep the ball away from their middle hitters," said Warden. "Central has one of the better middle-hitter duos in the WPIAL. We forced them to go to the outside, where we match up better with them."

Both Norwin and Central Catholic advanced to the WPIAL semifinals, but were beaten by the top two seeds. The sixth-seeded Knights lost to second-seeded Ambridge (25-17, 25-21, 25-13), while the fourth-seeded Vikings lost to top-seeded North Allegheny (25- 12, 30-28, 25-19).

"Sutton took over the match, both blocking and hitting," said Warden, who was referring to Ambridge Area outside hitter Jeff Sutton, who was voted co-MVP of the WPIAL tournament. …

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