Girls Volleyball: 2016 West Season Recap

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

West Allegheny claimed its third WPIAL title, and first since 2009, with a 23-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-16 win over No. 2 Hampton in the Class 3A final. The Indians were led by Allison Koester (17 kills) and Morgan Ziolkowski (14 kills).

"It's awesome to win this gold medal," Indians outside hitter Allison Koester said. "We played a great match. I'm really proud of my team."

West Allegheny, the WPIAL Class 3A champion, advanced to the semifinals for the fourth time in 11 years with a 25-19, 25-20, 25-13 sweep of WPIAL third-place finisher Knoch. Outside hitter Morgan Ziolkowski led the Indians with 15 kills and six digs.

"Our defense played well and our hitters came through when we needed them," West Allegheny coach Yoko Nagao said. "We're looking forward to the semifinals."

In the PIAA Tournament, the Indians advanced to the semifinals by sweeping Punxsutawney and Knoch.

West Allegheny saw its season come to an end after a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to District 5 champion Somerset in the semifinals.

"The girls deserved a better fate," Nagao said. "We had [a title berth] within our grasp, but came up short. It was tough to watch our lead slip away.

West Allegheny jumped out to a commanding 2-0 lead with wins of 25-23 and 25-15, but Somerset rallied to win the next three sets, 25-17, 25-22, and 15-11. Ziolkowski led West Allegheny with 20 kills, while Koester added 18. Julia Falconi had 34 assists.