Westmoreland campus clippings: Regional honor for Seton Hill volleyball coach Hall
Rick Hall likes to wear shorts and flip flops to practices and, sometimes, matches when he coaches the Seton Hill women’s volleyball team.
The easy-going Hall provided not only a relaxed atmosphere for his team, but also brought put a competitive edge that produced one of the best seasons in school history.
Hall, who guided the Griffins to their maiden first PSAC title and a trip to the NCAA Atlantic Regional final, was named American Volleyball Coaches Association Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.
Since 2003, Hall has guided the Griffins to four NCAA Tournaments. This is his third time he was received AVCA regional coach of the year.
Seton Hill finished 26-9 after falling to top-seeded Wheeling Jesuit in the NCAA regional final.
Additional postseason honors for the Griffins included sophomore outside hitter Viktoria Farian and redshirt junior middle-blocker Leah Bisignani (Greensburg Central Catholic) making the AVCA All-Atlantic Regional Team.
Farian, who led Seton Hill with 453 kills and was second in digs (525), also was lauded as PSAC Athlete of the Year.
Bisignani had 225 kills and hit .273 with 105 blocks and 21 aces.
Hall, Farian and Bisignani will not go into a national ballot to be considered for additional honors.
Saint Vincent: Five players scored in double figures as the Bearcats (5-1) defeated Pitt-Greensburg, 82-73. Senior forward Tom Kromka had 21 points and 15 rebounds, sophomore guard David Stephen added 18 points and five steals; sophomore forward Shemar Bennett had 17 points and nine rebounds and sophomore forward Ryan Dutton scored 12 and senior guard Mike Simmons, 10.
Freshman guard JoJo France led UPG (2-3) with 21 points, and sophomore Cam Seigfreid (Penn-Trafford) added 12. Seigfreid scored a career-high 26 points in a 74-71 win over Messiah.
Kromka was named PAC Player of the Week. He is averaging 15.3 points and 8.0 rebounds.
Seton Hill: Junior guard Nate Davis erupted for a career-high 39 points and senior guard Trevor Blondin added 27 to help rookie coach Kendrick Saunders post his first win at Seton Hill, 91-85, at Lincoln. The Griffins moved to 1-4 with the victory.
Grove City: Freshman guard Allison Podkul (Hempfield) scored nine points as the Wolverines (2-2) downed Franciscan, 67-37.
La Roche: Junior forward Jenna Cole (Norwin) scored 26 points in a 65-60 win over Dominican in the first round of the Julie Costello Memorial Classic at Thomas More. A transfer from Pitt-Greensburg, Cole is averaging 21.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in four games.
Saint Vincent: Senior Maria Morgan matched a career high with 20 points in a 72-51 win over Allegheny. Sophomore teammate Carlee Kilgus added 12 points, five assists and four steals, and sophomore Madison Kollar (Latrobe) registered 10 points and seven rebounds for SVC (3-2).
Westminster: Freshman guard Magen Polczynski was named PAC Rookie of the Week after scoring 13 points to go with five rebounds in a 59-46 win over Pitt-Greensburg.
Pitt-Johnstown: Senior Joey Alessandro (Hempfield), ranked No. 6 in Division II at 141 pounds, and 149-pounder Chris Eddins (Greensburg Salem), a junior, picked up wins as the sixth-ranked Mountain Cats (6-0) defeated No. 16 Kutztown, 23-15.
Duquesne: Junior linebacker Brett Zanotto (Franklin Regional) recorded seven tackles, including a sack for minus-10 yards, as the Dukes (9-3) defeated Towson, 31-10, for their first FCS playoff win in school history. Duquesne posted four sacks and seven tackles-for-loss as a team. They move on to the second round to play at No. 5 South Dakota State (8-2) on Saturday.
Zanotto was named to the All-Northeast Conference second team after finishing fifth in the conference with 79 tackles.
Saint Vincent: Sophomore Dani Koehler was named AMCC Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks. She led SVC to a three-game sweep of Division II Ursuline with scores of 190 and 200 and averaged 19.3 in Baker play. She threw 14 strikes in 30 frames for the Bearcats (12-0).
Bill Beckner is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill at [email protected] or via Twitter @BillBeckner.