Butler County spotlight athletes: April 6, 2014
Claim to fame: Huey, who paced Butler in kills, helped the team post a 4-0 start to the season.
How happy are you with your team's strong start?
We were 4-0 going into the North Allegheny (on Thursday), and we just won the North Hills tournament. I am pretty pleased with how everyone is playing and everything seems to be going pretty well.
What are some of your team's strengths?
Compared to other teams, we're quite a short team. Our tallest player is only 6-2 or 6-3. I'd say we're pretty athletic. We all hit pretty hard and we're quick.
How tough is your section this year?
Our section is pretty good overall. There are a lot of strong teams. North Allegheny is always tough, and Fox Chapel beat NA a week ago. Seneca Valley beat Fox Chapel. Every single team we play will be a close game. We'll have to play to the best of our abilities each and every game.
Are you going to continue to play volleyball in college?
I am going to play at Penn State Altoona next year. I am pretty excited. I love playing volleyball. To get to the college level sounds fun and interesting, and I am really excited about it.
School: Seneca Valley
Claim to fame: Blagg, the team's starting catcher, has been one of Seneca Valley's top hitters this season.
Your team is off to a great start (3-0). What's been the key?
I think that it's probably the fact that we've been together as a team for two years. We figured out how to work together as a team and have success as a team instead of individually.
You have a strong pitcher in Nikki Matz. What's it like to catch her?
I have caught her for a while. I played with her during travel softball, too. She is good. I love catching for her. We are really good friends. Because of that, we have that chemistry maybe a lot of people don't have.
What made you want to become a catcher?
When I was little, I was a pitcher, but I didn't like it. I don't like playing in the field because you don't always get the ball. As a catcher, you get the ball every single pitch. I feel like I am focused more because of that. I definitely like that.
Are you hoping to play softball in college next year?
I am playing softball at Penn State Behrend in Erie. I am really excited. I know it is going to be really cold up there. I am looking forward to going out on my own, though. I am going to major in marketing and international business, and I feel like that'll be fun, too.
— Joe Sager