It was a playoff quality volleyball match at North Catholic High School on Thursday night. The defending WPIAL Class A champions got off to a fast start, but in the end the Class AA Champions from North Catholic outlasted BC to win in 4 sets in a well played match by both teams.
The first set was back and forth and was tied at 13. Sophomore Kyla Hartoyo went back to the service line and dropped 3 aces during a five point service run that put some separation between the teams. She also had 3 kills in the set, including the last 2 points to win the first set 25-19.
The Crusaders jumped out to a four point lead in the second set behind Senior Alexa Malloy’s 9 kills in the set. But the Trojans have championship talent as well and fought back and won set #2 in extra time 28-26.
North Catholic used that momentum to win their only comfortable set of the evening. BC was on the defensive for most of the set. Senior Libero Hanna DeLisio had 8 of her team high 22 digs in the third set as the Trojanettes pulled away 25-18.
North jumped out to a fast 9-3 start in the fourth set and looked like they would win going away. But BC still had some fight in them. Sophomore Abbie Maziarz got involved with 3 kills in the set to go along with 3 blocks on the night. Twice the Crusaders fought back to within one point, but couldn’t breakthrough and lost 25-22 to end the match.
There were several strong performances on both teams in this playoff level match. Four other Canevin defenders joined DeLisio with double digit digs, including Senior Setter Maddie Maziarz who recorded 16 digs and 37 assists on the night. Malloy led the team with 20 kills, Hartoyo had 13, tying her career high that she had in a 5 set win over state finalist Berlin Brothersvalley last October.
The Crusaders face another test from a volleyball power on Monday night. BC travels to Bethel Park to face the Quad-A Blackhawks. Start time is 7:00 PM. Then it’s back to section play and finally the home opener against Burgettstown on Tuesday night.