Girls Volleyball: 2016 East Season Recap

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Greensburg Central Catholic seniors Haley Moore and Mikayla Bisignani have bragging rights over their sister after their performance at the PIAA Class 1A final at Richland High School in Johnstown.

Both claimed their second PIAA gold medal when the Centurians swept District 11 champion Marion Center, 3-0. The two were also starters on Greensburg Central's 2014 PIAA championship squad.

"They both feel great," said Haley Moore, a senior setter. "The first one was fun because I got to play with my sister Rachel. This is one is special too because I got to share it with all the friends I grew up with. My best friends are on this team and most of them I've been playing with since fourth grade."

Moore's older sister, Rachel, was a libero on the 2014 championship team. Rachel Moore is now a starting backrow specialist at Westminster College.

Leah Bisignani, Mikayla's older sister, was a middle hitter/setter on the 2014 team. Leah Bisignani is now a middle hitter at Seton Hill University.

"This title is different than the first," said Mikayla Bisignani, a senior middle hitter. "In my sophomore year, we were led by my sister. It's exciting to show her I can do it myself."

Both Leah Bisignani and Rachel Moore were in attendance to watch their sister claim a second gold medal.

"Leah was crying when she congratulated us," Mikayla Bisignani said. "She was so emotional."

Ironically, the Centurions faced the same opponent in both title matches.

"The dream of every girl is to end her high school career as a state champion," Bisignani said. "Only four teams can win a PIAA title. To be on one of those teams is such an honor. I'm blessed to have such a great team surrounding me. I couldn't have done it without them. It's such a great feeling."

Bisignani, who has been voted to the PVCA All-State Team the past two years, recorded 22 kills and 3 aces to lead the Centurions to its sweep of Marian Catholic.

This year's title was also special for rookie coach Kate McCauley, who joined the team last season as an assistant, then took over as head coach this season when Heather Meyer stepped down. McCauley had the good fortune of winning WPIAL and PIAA titles in her head coaching debut.

"It's crazy being this young and going this far," said McCauley, who at 24 is one of the youngest coaches in the WPIAL. "I'm speechless. It's an incredible experience."

McCauley now has the unenvyable task of replacing seven graduating seniors: Bisignani, Moore, opposite Taylor Obusek, middle hitter Brittany Stawovy, outside hitter Kennedy Johnston, libero Christina Cochenour, and defensive specialist Abbie Hutchins.

"We have some big shoes to fill, but we have younger girls who are ready to step in and pick up where our seniors left off," McCauley said.