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Boys Volleyball: Fox Chapel defeated in PIAA Class AAA championship

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Ken Wunderley covered Saturday's PIAA Class AAA championship between Fox Chapel and Parkland. Read his story below.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Fox Chapel boys volleyball team had the Parkland Trojans right where it wanted them.

The Foxes claimed the first set and held a 16-11 lead in the second set in Saturday's PIAA Class AAA title match at Penn State's Recreation Hall. It looked as if Fox Chapel would finally win its first state title.

But it wasn't meant to be, as Parkland took charge from that point on and registered a 3-1 win to claim its first PIAA title.

"Communication and ball control," said coach Phil O'Keeffe when asked about the Foxes' disappointing finish. "We had some communication breakdowns and didn't make smart decisions with the ball at times. We let them get back into the game. You can't do that in a match of this magnitude."

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Boys Volleyball: Fox Chapel wins, marches on to state title match

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Ken Wunderley profiles the Fox Chapel boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

Fox Chapel Area's victory against Seneca Valley in Tuesday's PIAA Class AAA semifinals at North Allegheny was a matter of blood, sweat and cheers.

The blood came during the pregame warmups, as Fox Chapel's Ben DePellegrini incurred a bloody nose after an errant pass slammed into his face.

"We were doing a three-man D-drill and our libero hit the ball and shanked it right into my face," said DePellegrini, a senior outside hitter. "There was blood everywhere. It happened five minutes before the match began. I thought, what a way to start the game."

Fortunately for him, the cotton swab stuffed into his right nostril to stop the bleeding did not affect his play.

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Boys Volleyball: 2015 PIAA Class AAA Title Match Preview

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Fox Chapel will face Parkland in the PIAA Class AAA Boys Volleyball title match Saturday, June 6, at Penn State's Rec Hall at 1 p.m. Below is a thumbnail sketch of the match, the starting lineups, and a breakdown of the championship matches since 2007, the first year the PIAA held two championship matches.

Fox Chapel (19-1) won the WPIAL Class AAA title after tying for the Section 2 title. The Foxes are making their second appearance in a PIAA title match, and first since 2006. They lost to Central York in the 2006 final. Fox Chapel advanced to the semifinals with a 3-0 win over Central Dauphin in the opening round, a 3-2 win against Bethel Park in the quarterfinals, and a 3-2 win against Seneca Valley in the semifinals.

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Boys Volleyball: Fox Chapel settles score, gains WPIAL title

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Ken Wunderley profiles the Fox Chapel boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

The Fox Chapel Area boys volleyball team hit the film room before facing Seneca Valley in last Friday's WPIAL Class AAA title match at Baldwin.

The Foxes had to share the Section 2 title after a 3-2 loss to the Raiders in the second half of section play. The loss came after a 3-0 sweep of their section foe in the first half.

"We studied a ton of film to figure out what we did wrong in that match," said Jaysen Zaleski, a 6-foot-3 senior middle hitter. "We put in a lot of work in the video room."

The extra film work paid huge dividends for Zaleski and his teammates as Fox Chapel dominated Seneca Valley in the rubber match en route to a 3-1 victory and the WPIAL Class AAA title.