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State College’s Leath makes history for North Carolina volleyball

Former State College volleyball standout Taylor Leath was named Player of the Week by espnW and the American Volleyball Coaches Association for the University of North Carolina.
Former State College volleyball standout Taylor Leath was named Player of the Week by espnW and the American Volleyball Coaches Association for the University of North Carolina. Centre Daily Times, file

Taylor Leath recently made history for the North Carolina women’s volleyball team.

The redshirt sophomore and State College graduate was named Player of the Week by espnW and the American Volleyball Coaches Association, the first Tar Heel to earn either honor. She landed the awards, along with Atlantic Coast Conference co-Player of the Week, after her efforts in a five-set win over then-No. 10 Florida State.

North Carolina, No. 6 in this week’s AVCA coaches’ poll, trailed the Seminoles 0-2 before rallying for the victory. Leath had a career-high 26 kills on .360 hitting and added 13 digs for her eighth career double-double. The 26 kills were the most by a Tar Heel since 2005. Three of those double-doubles have been against top 10 opponents.

“The bigger the opponent the bigger Taylor plays,’’ North Carolina coach Joe Segula said.

For the season Leath has 294 kills, 18 assists, 16 aces, 236 digs and 55 blocks.


Nick Gray (Philipsburg-Osceola, Juniata) has 12 solo tackles, 1 1/2 sacks for minus-8 yards, two tackles for loss for nine yards and one pass breakup. Juniata lost to Susquehanna 63-34 to go 4-6 for the season.

Curtis Matsko (P-O, Shippensburg) had two solo tackles and two assists and a half sack for minus-2 yards. Bloomsburg beat Seton Hill 30-21 to finish 7-4.

Aaron Boumerhi (P-O, Temple) is 15 for 15 in PATs and 7 for 7 in field goals. Temple is 7-3 and was idle last weekend. The Owls will visit Tulane on Saturday.

Cameron Tobias (Penns Valley, Lock Haven) finished the year 5 for 10 passing for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Kasim Buey (State College resident, Lock Haven) caught 16 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns, had three kickoff returns for 43 yards, three punt returns nine yards, seven solo tackles and an assist. Lock Haven lost to Mercyhurst 49-14 to finish the year at 4-7.

Taylor Collison (Penns Valley, Franklin & Marshall) has 40 yards on 10 carries and 12 yards on two pass receptions. F&M beat Gettysburg 28-21 and is 7-3. It will face Albright in the CC-MAC Bowl while in the other half of the bracket Muhlenberg will meet Delaware Valley.

Jon Seighman (State College, Lehigh) has three tackles. Lehigh is 8-2 and was idle last weekend.


Lauren Anderson (State College, Misericordia) played in 13 games but had no states. Misericordia finished 17-4 after losing to Swarthmore 2-1 in the NCAA Division III tournament.

Jordyn Powell (P-O, Misericordia) had a goal and two assists for the season.

Kyle Moerschbacher (State College, St. Francis) took two shots while playing in nine games, starting two. The Red Flash finished the season 12-6-2, losing to St. Francis-Brooklyn in the Northeast Conference Championship game.


Suzanne Horner (State College, Iowa State) has 13 kills, 506 assists, 15 aces and 77 digs. Iowa State is 16-9 and after upsetting then-No. 5 Texas 3-2 over the weekend, with 29 assists and 15 digs for Horner in the match.

Emma Weakland (State College, Winthrop) has 246 kills, three assists, 42 digs and 43 blocks. Winthrop is 15-17.

Christine Irwin (State College, Juniata) finished her season with 48 kills, two assists, nine aces, 36 digs and five blocks. Juniata lost to Mary Washington 3-1 in the NCAA regional finals and finished with a 26-7 record.

Tara Neideigh (State College, Juniata) finished the year with a kill and six digs.

Field hockey

Paige Meily (State College, Penn) was named to the All-Ivy League second team. She had seven assists for the season as Penn finished 11-6. She played all but six minutes of Penn’s 17 games. The Quakers were 11-6.

Cross country

Zach Moody (Bald Eagle Area, Misericordia) placed 150th in a time of 27 minutes, 32 seconds over 8 kilometers in the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional meet at DeSales University. Misericordia finished 16th out of 52 teams.

Emma Federinko (Penns Valley, Misericordia) was 68th in the Mideast Regional with a time of 23:43 over 6 kilometers. Misericordia was 11th out of 51 teams

Alyssa Limbaugh (Penns Valley, Moravian) finished 197th in 25:45 at the Mideast Regional, while Moravian was seventh as a team.


Kirsten Hillsley (State College, Duquesne) was third in the 200-yard breaststroke in a dual meet with Toledo, which Duquesne won 159-100.

Seth Erdley (State College, St. Bonaventure) was on the fifth-place 400 medley relay team which had a time of 3:47 in a 167-131 win over Canisius.


Taylor Allison (State College, St. Francis) played seven minutes and netted a 3-pointer in St. Francis’ 103-100 upset of Wisconsin in its season opener.

Jalyn Shelton-Burleigh (State College, Lock Haven) has 16 points, five rebounds and two steals. Lock Haven is 1-1.

Bryan Sekunda (State College, Stony Brook) netted a 3-pointer to go with two rebounds and a block in a 73-66 loss to Columbia in the season-opener.


Corey Hazel (Penns Valley, Lock Haven) is 8-0 after winning the 184-pound weight class at the Journeyman ASICS Collegiate Classic in Troy, N.Y., over the weekend. Hazel went 3-0 to win his weight class, and was honored as the PSAC Athlete of the Week.

Tyler Millward (State College, West Virginia) went 1-2 at 174 pounds at the Journeyman tournament.