Athletes of the Week: Norwin's Daniel Merz; Greensburg Central Catholic's Leah Bisignani
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
Claim to fame: Merz has seven goals and two assists for Norwin (2-1), including a hat trick and an assist against Penn-Trafford in an 11-3 season-opening win.
Merz added two goals each against State College and Bethel Park.
“He's got good size, great speed, excellent hands and great vision on ice,” Norwin coach James Reith said. “The team looks to him.”
What are your college plans for next year?
Right now, I'm going to apply to Pitt. I'm not sure which campus, but I'm hoping to go there next year. I have talked a couple coaches, if I get in at the main campus or the Greensburg campus.
What did you work on during the offseason?
I just have been trying to get stronger and get better with my mental game. I have been trying to be in the right spot at the right time and make my mental game better.
What are you doing now since the NHL is locked out?
I just have been watching AHL and KHL games on ESPN whenever they have them on.
What do you want to be known for when you graduate?
I would like to be known for being the best person I could be. Also, I want to be known as a leader on the team and known for being there for anyone who needs anything on my team.
What was the best vacation you ever went on?
This year, I went to Rehoboth Beach. I went with my friend and his parents and four other kids. We had a blast.
School: Greensburg Central Catholic
Claim to fame: Bisignani and senior Emma Dickson split setting duties, and the duo also found time to combine for 17 kills as the No. 1 Centurions beat No. 3 Bishop Canevin, 3-0, in the WPIAL Class A championship on Nov. 3. Bisignani recorded 32 kills and 33 blocks for the Centurions during the WPIAL playoffs.
“I have been doing pretty well,” Bisignani said. “But I wouldn't have done it without my teammates.”
How is it to split settling duties with Emma Dickson?
I think it's been going well. Some games it's pretty difficult. But, I think we have been doing well.
How does it feel to win a WPIAL championship as a sophomore?
It feels really good that it's just the beginning. I hope we can get another one in the future.
What is it like to play with someone like Shannon Hurley?
It's definitely a relief to rely on her as a threat and I look up to her as a leader.
How did you get into volleyball?
I started on a team in fourth grade and I tried it out to see how it was. I was nine, stuck on a 14-year-old team and Shannon was on the team. It was crazy. I stuck with it through elementary and middle school all the way to high school.
What is your favorite thing to do during the holidays?
I'm definitely looking forward to Christmas and seeing family again and getting the Christmas lists out. It's a little early. I know I want a new purse and clothes.
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