Bishop Canevin girls volleyball falls in WPIAL title game
For the second straight season, Bishop Canevin and Greensburg Central Catholic needed five sets to decide the WPIAL Class A volleyball champion.
It was the Centurions who walked away with the crown this year.
Greensburg Central Catholic (19-1) won the fifth set 15-10 to knock off the defending Class A champion Crusaders, 3-2, and capture its second WPIAL title in three seasons.
“It was a great match,” Bishop Canevin coach Kevin Walters said. “It probably will be one of the best matches in this gym today. There are 40 other schools who would love to be in our position.”
Bishop Canevin held a 2-1 advantage after winning the first set 25-22 and the third set 25-18. The No. 2-seed Centurions rebounded to win the fourth set 25-17. The win forced a 15-point fifth set that Greensburg Central Catholic won thanks in part to its strong hitting.
“It was a pure team win all the way up,” Centurions coach Heather Meyer said. “After losing the third set, we told them, ‘We are still in this. This is what we worked for all year.’ ”
Senior middle hitter Leah Bisignani led Greensburg Central Catholic with 29 kills. Senior outside hitter Megan Stunja added 19. The Centurions dominated along the net with their superior height in Mikayla Bisignani (6-foot-1), Leah Bisignani (6-0) and Kristin Hickey (5-10).
“We have been up and down with (Canevin) before,” Stunja said. “We know what they have, and they know what we have. We just had to bring it and go all out because they were out to get us.”
After the game Walters said his squad may have played too timidly at times against the high-powered Centurions.
“We got in trouble when we pushed balls and tipped balls to them,” Walters said. “When we actually swung and went after them, we did much better.”
Bishop Canevin was led by junior outside hitter Julia Menosky’s 14 kills. Junior middle hitter Alex Parra added 13. Junior outside hitter Erin Cunningham finished with 29 digs and 11 kills. Senior defensive specialist Maggie Frost finished with 15 digs.
Junior setter Bailey McDonald had 41 assists. Parra had 4.5 blocks. Junior right-side hitter Julia Martin and Cunningham each had two serving aces.
“We didn’t keep our serve receive focused to beat them,” Walters said. “Greensburg Central Catholic is a great team and a great program.”
The Crusaders defeated Greensburg Central Catholic, 3-2, in last season’s WPIAL title game, and the Centurions got the win over the Crusaders, 3-0, in 2012’s edition.
The loss dropped Bishop Canevin to 23-2 on the season, with the other loss coming to Class AAA’s Hempfield. The team has won 71 sets within those matches this season and lost eight sets.
Despite the loss, the Crusaders advanced to the PIAA Class A tournament.
Falling in the WPIAL title game has not hindered a Bishop Canevin volleyball team from finding success in the state tournament in the past. The Crusaders fell to Frazier, 3-0, in the 2010 finals but rebounded for a run to the PIAA quarterfinals.
Bishop Canevin faced District 6 champion West Branch earlier this week. Results were unavailable at press time.