Bethel Park's Jacob Dixon goes for a kill against North Allegheny's Robert Stiefvater and Jeremy Best Tuesday night.
By Ken Wunderley / Tri-State Sports & News Service
The Norwin High School boys volleyball team advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA title match for the second time in the past three years with a 3-1 victory against Fox Chapel in the first match of a doubleheader Tuesday night at Baldwin High School.
The Knights, seeded No. 2 in the 13-team bracket, jumped to a 2-0 advantage with wins of 25-16 and 25-14. The No. 3 Foxes rebounded with a 25-16 win in the third set and led, 25-24, in the fourth set, but the Knights rallied to pull out a 28-26 victory and clinch the victory.
Kevin Zabelsky led Norwin with 15 kills, and A.J. Guffey contributed seven blocks.
"Some of the seniors on this team played in the title game two years ago," Norwin coach Al Warden said. "Their goal was to get back to the finals and win the school's first WPIAL title. Ending North Allegheny's streak will not be easy."
Norwin will face seven-time defending WPIAL champion North Allegheny in the title match at 8 p.m. Thursday at Baldwin. The top-seeded Tigers earned their 11th berth in the championship match in the past 12 years with a 3-1 semifinal victory against No. 4 Bethel Park.
North Allegheny posted wins of 27-25 and 25-17 in the first two sets, lost, 25-23, in the third before clinching the victory with a 25-16 win in the fourth.
Top-seeded Ambridge earned its sixth WPIAL title appearance in the past seven years with a 3-0 sweep of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in the first match of a doubleheader at North Hills. The two-time defending champion Bridgers posted victories of 25-20, 25-15, 25-14. Ambridge will face second-seeded Derry in the title match for the fourth time in the past five years. Derry advanced with a 25-23, 25-19, 25-22 sweep of No. 3 seed Beaver County Christian.
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