Butler 3 New Castle 0
Heidi Gross tallied four kills
and three assists as Butler opened the season with a sweep
at New Castle.
The Golden Tornado dominated by scores of 25-7, 25-9 and
Butler 3, North Hills 2
Maria Lucas had 16 kills and
22 digs for the Golden Tornado (3-0, 1-0)
in a tight section opener 25-19, 19-25, 25-14, 22-35, 16-14.
Heidi Gross had 11 kills and Sophia Sacriponte 10 kills
Maria Lucas had 12 kills, 13 digs and three aces as Butler
swept North Hills,
25-23, 25-22, 25-20.
Tabitha Walker had nine kills, 17 digs and 14 assists and
Hope Fiorina added 22 digs for the Golden Tornado (4-4,
Butler 3, Shaler 2
Tabitha Walker had 17 kills
and 12 digs as the Golden Tornado won a thriller, 23-25,
25-19, 20-25, 25-22, 15-10.
Maria Lucas added eight kills, 47 digs and 14 assists and
Hope Fiorina pitched in 30 digs for Butler (5-4, 3-4). Heidi
Gross also had five kills.
Butler 4 New Castle 0
Butler 3 Mars 0
Butler 3 North Hills 2
Butler 3 North
3 Shaler 2
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2 Grove City 0
Butler 2 Avonworth 0
Butler wins early
Volleyball team wins tourney; girls soccer at 2-0
The Butler girls volleyball team opened the season by hosting
its own tournament.
After winning their pool, the Golden Tornado downed Grove
City, 2-0, in the semifinals and then swept Avonworth, 25-23,
25-17 in the final.
Emily Archer had 14 kills and two digs in the championship
Caitlyn Martin added five kills and two blocks and Erin Fullerton
four kills and a block for Butler.
Butler 3, North Hills 1
The Golden Tornado
rebounded from a loss in the first set to win 24-26, 25-16, 25-23 and 25-17.
Alyssa DiPippa led Butler with 10 kills and four
Butler 3, Avonworth 0
Paige Lambermont had five kills and Baylee
Vernerand Alyssa DiPippa each added four
kills in the 35-20, 25-21, 25-21 win for the Golden Tornado.
Baylee Verner and Alyssa DiPippa contributed nine
and seven kills, respectively to help the Golden Tornado topple the Talbots.
Butler 2 Kiski Area 0
Butler 3 Hampton 1
Butler 3 North Hills 1
Butler 3 Mars 2
Butler 3 Avonworth 0
Butler 3 Hampton 0
Butler 3, North Hills 1
Gabriell Carney had 10 kills and Kiana
and Kristen Knass each added nine kills to lead Butler to a 25-21, 25-15, 23-25,
Rachel Rebmann added 30 digs for the Golden Tornado.
Butler 3, Fox Chapel 2
The Golden Tornado rallied from a 2-0 deficit
in games to win the match 18-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-12. Gabby
20 kills, Kiana Green and Kristen Knass nine each.
Erin Hilderbrand had 25 digs, Rachel
Rebmann 35 assists.
Butler 3, Baldwin 2
Gabriell Carney had 20 kills and six aces and the
Golden Tornado pulled out a marathon win,
25-12, 22-25, 16-25, 25-23, 15-11.
Erin Hilderbrand had 22 digs and Rachel
Rebmann 30 assists for Butler.
Butler 3, Hampton 0
Gabriell Carney had 10 kills and Baylee
Verner andKristen Knass
each added six kills for the Golden Tornado.
Erin Hilderbrand had 10 digs in the Golden Tornado’s
25-12, 25-10, 25-20 victory.
Hilderbrand also tallied a pair of aces, along with Gabriell Carney and Tarrah
3 North Hills - 1
3 Fox Chapel - 2
3 Baldwin - 2
3 Hampton - 0
Butler - 3 Kiski - 0
Butler - 2 Plum - 0
Butler - 2 Chartiers-Houston - 0
Butler - 2 South Fayette - 0
Butler - 3 Hampton - 0
Butler 3, Hampton 0
Heather Straynick tallied seven kills
and seven blocks, Emily Shorr three kills and a block, while Rachel Rebmann recorded
in a 25-10, 25-8, 25-16 sweep for the Golden Tornado (3-3).
- 3 North Hills - 0
Lauren Maher had 10
kills as Butler won the match 25-21, 25-10, 25-11. Heather
Straynick added seven kills and nine aces while Gabby
Carney had seven kills.
AAU success offers glimpse into bright future for Butler
Volleyball team enjoys standout tourney season
Butler 3, Hampton 0
Heather Straynick had 10 kills and three aces as
the Golden Tornado (2-2) swept the match 25-13, 25-10, 25-18. Gabby Carney had
eight kills and Mackenzie Huey 22 assists.
By John EnriettoEagle Sports Editor
BUTLER TWP — Getting to the WPIAL playoffs has been a difficult task
for the Butler High School girls volleyball team.
Finding championship-caliber competition hasn't.
North Allegheny, Seneca Valley and Pine-Richland are three of the top programs
in the state,” Butler coach Meghan Lucas said of her section rivals. “When
we do find our way into the playoffs, those games seem easier than the regular
The Golden Tornado have been to the playoffs twice — 2006 and 2008 — in
Lucas' eight years at the helm.
But postseason visits may soon become more
The Tornado Volleyball Club 16-under AAU team lost only three games total in
six tournaments this offseason.
Each of the tourneys consisted of 12 teams
Butler won tournaments at California (Pa.), Westminster, New Castle and Erie.
The team lost in the finals at Penn State-Behrend and semifinals at Edinboro.
This is the fifth year we've had an AAU team and definitely, this has been
our best season record-wise,” Lucas said.
“ These girls are going
to make an impact.
We came up against teams twice as big as us. To look at us, we didn't look
like a powerhouse at all.
These kids just had the attitude that losing is not
an option. The strongest part of our game was our defense.”
The eight-player squad consisted of six sophomores, a freshman and an eighth-grader.
Gabby Carney is the freshman, Alyssa DiPippa the eighth-grader.
Ashley Grooms was the Tornado's setter with Carney and Heather Straynick
standout hitters from the middle and outside, respectively.
Olivia Weist, Lauren Maher, Erin Hilderbrand and Suzy Klann were solid contributors
The whole team worked well together,” assistant coach Danielle Hogue
said. “And they never got tired of playing.”
The team played up to seven games in one day as the tournaments were held on
Saturdays. While tourneys generally ran from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Butler's
last tournament began at 1:30 p.m. and didn't end until midnight.
Junior Olympic volleyball ties up weekends because we practice Sunday afternoons,” Hogue
said. “We have track kids, basketball kids on the team ... You need dedicated
athletes and these girls are.”
Hogue is a 2004 Slippery Rock High graduate who played volleyball at Westminster
College. The Titans won their conference and reached the NCAA Division III
Tournament her senior year.
Hogue now teaches learning support math at Butler Intermediate.
These are a scrappy bunch of girls and that's hard to come by these days,” Lucas
said. “They play with fire in their eyes.
A lot of the girls in the jumping events on the track team are my volleyball
Playing one sport makes them better in the other.”
Lucas said Butler's volleyball fortunes are on the rise.
This is a great volleyball state,” she said. “Penn State has won
three straight national titles
and our high school teams are among the best
in the country.
The girls on this team were selected because of their attitude and how hard
they work. You're definitely going to hear a lot from them in the next year