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Deep GCC volleyball team celebrates WPIAL title

Erica Dietz | Trib Total Media
Greensburg Central Catholic's (26) Rachel Moore and (20) Megan Stunya celebrate a point against Shenango during the volleyball game at Fox Chapel High School on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.
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Greensburg Central Catholic's Haley Farmerie makes a kill to take against Bishop Canevin during the WPIAL Class A girls volleyball championship game Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at Baldwin.

While they might not be on the Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball team’s schedule when the season begins, the Centurions usually find themselves matched up with Bishop Canevin late in the year.

For the third consecutive season, Greensburg Central Catholic (12-0) went up against Bishop Canevin in the WPIAL Class A championship, and like it did in 2012, walked away with the title to avenge last year’s loss in the finals.

“I think it helped a little bit in that I didn’t lose any players from last year, so they kind of all knew the feeling when they came in second last year,” Greensburg Central Catholic coach Heather Meyer said. “It was motivation for them.”

Trailing two sets to one, the Section 1-A champions rallied to take the next two, including a 15-10 victory in the fifth set.

“Going into that fifth set, I think we knew we were going to win because we really wanted to get revenge,” sophomore setter Haley Moore said.

Moore is one of 13 full-time varsity players that have built the Centurions a deep championship team. In fact, all 13 have had their number called at some point in the playoffs, a rarity in Class A.

“Through the playoffs we’ve counted on each and every one of them to step in at different points depending on what has been going on,” Meyer said. “It’s a full team win.”

Greensburg Central Catholic’s senior class has helped lead the way. Outside hitters Megan Stunja and Lauren Nolfi, middle hitter Leah Bisignani and Abbey Mirigliano have all been leaders for the Centurions.

In the win over Bishop Canevin, Bisignani had a game-high 29 kills while Stunja and Nolfi had 19 each. Haley Moore led the team in assists, and Rachel Moore was the team’s leading passer.

“The seniors are definitely helping us get through it because I know that no matter who’s in the back row, they’re going to do whatever they can to get that ball up to me,” Haley Moore said. “No matter who I set to is going to kill it because they’ve had so much experience and I really believe in them.”

After a loss to Clarion in the first round of the PIAA playoffs last season, the Centurions are hoping to cap off their season with a deep run in the state tournament.

“This is what we’ve been working for the whole year, and winning states would be the best feeling ever. I know we can do it,” Haley Moore said.

“I believe I have enough competitors on my team that they’re not done yet,” Meyer added.

Alex Oltmanns is a freelance writer.

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