Girls Volleyball: Big lead, WPIAL title slip away for Bishop Canevin

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Ken Wunderley profiles the Bishop Canevin girls volleyball team. Read his story below.

2014 1106 BishopCanevin GVolleyball(Photo: Bishop Canevin junior setter/opposite Bailey McDonald passes to a teammate during the WPIAL Class A championship match Saturday at Baldwin High School. J.J. LaBella/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

It was a roller coaster of emotions for the Bishop Canevin girls volleyball team in Saturday's WPIAL Class A title match against Greensburg Central Catholic at Baldwin High School.

The two teams were facing off in the title match for the third consecutive year. Greensburg Central claimed its first title in 2012 and Bishop Canevin captured its first last season.

So this year's championship match shaped up as the rubber match in the hotly contested series.

"The two best teams in the WPIAL [in Class A] went at each other today, and unfortunately the No. 1-ranked team all year long came up short," said Bishop Canevin coach Kevin Walters, after watching his Crusaders drop a heartbreaking 3-2 decision to the Centurions. "But it was a great match. Both teams wanted to win very badly, but only one could take home the championship trophy."


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Bishop Canevin has been the top team in Class AA during the regular season each of the past two seasons, and won the Penguins Cup title last season.

But the Crusaders had to replace three-year starter Nikita Meskin in net, Class AA leading scorer Randy Unger and all-star defenseman Brennen Adams, among others.

However, with a perennial power like Bishop Canevin, the cupboard is never bare, and the Crusaders have gotten off to a 1-1 start this season.


Girls Volleyball: Bishop Canevin, coach tough to beat

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Bishop Canevin girls volleyball team. Read his story below.

2014 1023 BishopCanevin GVolleyball(Photo: Erin Cunningham is a returning all-state player for the Bishop Canevin Crusaders. J.J. LaBella/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

On the surface, the Bishop Canevin High School girls volleyball team is having a season to remember.

The Crusaders, the defending WPIAL Class A champions, have been ranked No. 1 all season and are seeded No. 1 in the 18-team WPIAL bracket. They have faced the toughest non-section schedule of any team in Class A and enter the playoffs with an impressive 20-1 record.

Bishop Canevin's only loss was to Hempfield Area, a Class AAA team that is seeded No. 6 in its bracket.

Behind the scenes, however, it's a much different story.