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Girls Soccer: Key injury, tough foe spell PIAA doom for Greensburg C.C.

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles the Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer team.

"The 2014 Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer team had a flip flop of sorts from their previous season.

Whereas the 2013 Centurions won the PIAA Class A championship but finished as the WPIAL runners-up, the 2014 team defeated Freedom Area, 9-1, in the WPIAL final before falling to Trinity of Camp Hill, 3-0, in the PIAA title match last Friday at Hersheypark Stadium.

"It would have been nice to get both of them for a change, but with every win, there's a loss," said Centurions coach Bryan Cartwright, who inherited this season's team after Ashley Shasko guided the Centurions to two consecutive state championships before leaving for the head coaching position at Saint Vincent College this season."

 

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Girls Volleyball: Greensburg C.C. savors a state title

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball team. Read his story below.

2014 1120 GreensburgCC GVolleyball(Photo: Seven seniors on the Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball team celebrate with the PIAA Class A championship trophy, from left Abbey Mirigliano, Rachel Moore, Megan Palcic, Lauren Nolfi, Megan Stunja, Leah Bisignani and Veronica Komoroski. Marilyn Schwilm/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

The Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball team claimed its first PIAA title Saturday at Johnstown Richland High School, but two previous matches played a huge part in the Centurions performance.

The Centurions captured the Class A title with a marathon 3-2 victory against defending PIAA champion Marian Catholic. It was the third five-set match in two weeks for the Centurions.

"We had been in pressure situations before and played in a fifth game [twice] before, so we knew what to expect," Greensburg Central senior outside hitter Megan Stunja said. "We never give up, no matter what the score is."

Greensburg Central Catholic claimed its second WPIAL title in three years with a hard-fought 3-2 victory against Bishop Canevin in the Nov. 1 title match after the Centurions fell behind, 2-1.

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Photo Journal: Girls Volleyball - PIAA A Championship: Greensburg C.C. vs. Marion Catholic (Nov. 15) Vol. 1

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

The Greensburg Central Catholic High School girls volleyball team claimed its first PIAA Class A Championship title after defeating Marian Catholic, 3-2, Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Richland High School in Johnstown, PA.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Photo Journal: Girls Volleyball - PIAA A Championship: Greensburg C.C. vs. Marion Catholic (Nov. 15) Vol. 2

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

The Greensburg Central Catholic High School girls volleyball team claimed its first PIAA Class A Championship title after defeating Marian Catholic, 3-2, Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Richland High School in Johnstown, PA.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Girls Volleyball: Greensburg C.C. rallies for PIAA Class A title

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley covered Saturday's PIAA girls volleyball championships. Read his story below.

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — The WPIAL's drought in the PIAA girls volleyball championships came to an end Saturday at Richland High School.

Greensburg Central Catholic became the first WPIAL team since 2006 to win a PIAA title with a 3-2 win against defending champion Marian Catholic in the Class A title match.

"There's no better way to go out in my senior year, to win a WPIAL title and then win a PIAA title," said outside hitter Megan Stunja, one of the Centurions captains. "It's the furthest any team has gone in Greensburg Central history. It's an awesome feeling."

Greensburg Central, the WPIAL champion two of the past three years, rallied from an 11-8 deficit to pull out a 15-13 victory in the fifth set to clinch the victory.