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Alumni Update - Stephanie Slater (Lehigh)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh volleyball head coach Bob Bertucci has been named the Patriot LeagueSlater Lehigh Coach of the Year while sophomore libero Mariah Brantley earned Patriot League Libero of the Year honors, the league announced Tuesday morning.

 

In addition to Bertucci and Brantley's major awards, senior Jade Van Streepen and juniors Amy Matula and Stephanie Slater were named first team All-Patriot League.

 

Slater emerged as one of Lehigh's most consistent offensive weapons this season as the right-side hitter tallied 253 kills and a .284 hitting percentage that ranks sixth in the league.


The South Fayette graduate recorded an impressive .337 hitting percentage and 3.21 kills per set in Patriot League play to help Lehigh to a second-place finish and 14-2 league mark. Strong defensively as well, Slater also contributed 40 total blocks and 65 digs in addition to eight service aces and seven assists.


This is the first All-League honor of Slater's career.

 

(photo courtesy of Lehigh University)

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Boys Soccer: South Fayette a smash in soccer as well

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Drew Karpen profiles the South Fayette boys soccer team.

"Their is a championship buzz surrounding the community of South Fayette.

Yes, everyone knows about the defending state champion football team that has advanced to the WPIAL semifinals, but it is the boys soccer team that was just two wins from becoming the No. 1 Class AA team in the state before playing in a PIAA semifinal Tuesday night.

"Soccer gets very limited exposure," coach Rob Eldridge said. "We appreciate all the coverage we can get. Our football team and us have a great relationship. Joe [Rossi] and I are great friends since we came in. We have a large amount of support for each other and it has paid off."

The Lions are coming off their best win of the season, a 1-0 final against Section 5 rival, West Allegheny, in a PIAA quarterfinal match. The Lions lost to the Indians in the WPIAL title game last year and lost both meetings during the regular season this year but didn't use revenge as a motivation to come out on top."

 

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Wrestling: South Fayette's Walker signs with Kent State

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

South Fayette senior Jared Walker signed a collegiate letter of intent to attend Kent State University on Nov. 12.

Walker is a three-time WPIAL Class AAA champion, three-time Southwestern Regional placewinner, and two-time PIAA place-winner.

Walker broke into South Fayette's lineup as a 152-pound freshman. He won section and WPIAL titles, then placed fourth in the region to qualify for the state tournament. He moved up to 160 as a sophomore and placed second in the section, first in the WPIAL, second in the region, and seventh in the PIAA.

Last season, he won section, WPIAL and region titles, and placed second in the state at 160. He has a 113-26 record going into his senior season.

 

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Alumni Update - Nick Carr (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Nick Carr has started his 2014-15 campaign 9-0 with two invitational titles. He posted a 5-0 mark at Saturday's W&Jcarr WJ Invitational with a pair of pinfall victories.

Through nine matches he has registered three wins by pinfall and three major decisions. Carr is currently the number one ranked wrestler at 157 pounds by the NWCA and d3wrestle.com.

The South Fayette graduate earned PAC Wrestler of the Week. 

(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College) 

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Boys Soccer: South Fayette shocks West Allegheny

Written by Stephen Catanese on .

West Allegheny might have liked its chances against PIAA quarterfinal opponent South Fayette. The Indians, after all, had already defeated the Lions twice in section play during the regular season.

But South Fayette (18-4-1) executed its second-straight shutout in the PIAA playoffs and reached the PIAA Class AA semifinals for the first time in school history after defeating West Allegheny, 1-0.

The Lions entered the PIAA tournament as the third seed from the WPIAL but are now the only Class AA team from the district still alive in the tournament.

They'll have their work cut out for them when they face another third-place tournament entrant in the semifinals -- Lancaster Mennonite from District 3. The game is set to start at 5 p.m. Tuesday.