Kasun, Hogan return to all-state team

Northern Cambria graduate Jeff Hogan and Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic senior Ben Kasun were both repeat selections to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association All-State Team.

Hogan finished his career at Northern Cambria as a three-time, all-state selection, while Kasun was named all-state the past two years.

The PVCA only named 25 players to the all-state team for Class AA and Hogan and Kasun were District 6’s only representatives.

Hogan will continue his volleyball playing career at St. Francis. The 6-foot-3 outside hitter led Northern Cambria to two District 6, Class AA championships in the three years of the program.

Hogan was also a standout athlete in football and basketball at NC and helped the Colts basketball team to a District 6 championship in 2011. The three-time PVCA District 6-AA all-district selection is also a member of Pittsburgh Volleyball Club, which qualified for USA Volleyball National Championships in Dallas last year and this year in Reno, Nev.

“Three years in a row is a very high honor that Jeff should be proud of,” Northern Cambria coach Mike Hogan said. “One of the things that I am most proud of was his ability to work hard at volleyball via Pittsburgh Volleyball Club and [Keystone Region] High Performance [program] while maintaining a high level at other high school activities. He is looking forward to focusing athletically on one sport for the next years at St. Francis.”

Kasun helped the Marauders to its first District 6, Class AA championship in May by dethroning two-time D6 champion, Northern Cambria. BG then swept Obama Academy in the PIAA state playoffs play-in match, and then lost in the first round to state semifinalist, Derry.

Kasun, who is a three-year starter and two-time PVCA D6 all-star, is closing in on 2,000 career assists (1,951). Along with his 898 assists this season, Kasun displayed his versatility by adding 213 service points, 173 kills, 191 digs and 56 solo blocks.

The 6-foot-2 setter plays club volleyball for BG assistant coaches, Brandin and Audrey McDonough, for Revolution Volleyball Club in State College.

“Ben is a huge part of our team success and our school’s first District 6 championship,” Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic coach Bob Kasun said. “This is a great honor for Ben to be a two-time all-state player and it’s well deserved. Ben is surrounded by great teammates who made this all-state honor possible.”