BG’s Kasun named all-state for third time

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School graduated setter Ben Kasun received all-state honors for the third time in his career.

Kasun was one of 24 Class AA players selected to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association all-state team. He was the lone Class AA selection from District 6 while State College’s Andrew Groves was the only Class AAA selection from D6.

The 6-foot-2 setter, who finished his career with 2,672 assists, was one of six seniors from across the state to be named PVCA all-state three times in his career. BG, which finished 15-2, defeated Forest Hills to win back-to-back District 6 championships.

“This is a great honor for Ben,” Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic boys volleyball coach Bob Kasun, Ben’s father, said. “To be named all-state three times is quite an accomplishment. He made a huge impact on our BG program along with being recognized as one of the elite setters across the state. Our assistant coaches (Brandin and Audrey McDonough, Dave Rito and Alex Sadler) deserve so much credit for helping Ben reach this goal.

“Individual awards are great, but I know Ben takes great pride in the team awards of winning back-to-back District 6 championships with his teammates. We had a long drought of not winning District 6 championships (26 years), and to reach that goal with his friends, it’s pretty special.”

Ben Kasun was quick to share the all-state honor with teammates.

“It is such an honor to be named three years in a row to the all-state team.” Ben Kasun said. “This honor is something I wish my team could have because they deserve it as much as me.”

Kasun received a scholarship to continue playing volleyball at Barton College of the Conference Carolinas in Wilson, N.C. The winner of the Division II conference receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I/II national championships.

“I think Ben is well prepared for playing in college,” Coach Kasun said. “He has competed at a high level at Bishop Guilfoyle and for the Keystone Region team at the USA Volleyball High Performance National Championships. Barton is scheduled to play defending Division I national champions Loyola and national semifinalist Lewis along with playing some of the best teams in the East like Saint Francis, George Mason and Princeton.”