Youthful Geibel netters continue to grow
TribLIVE Sports Videos
The 2012 volleyball campaign promises to be a season of growth for Geibel. But while the youthful Gators could endure some growing pains, that doesn't mean success can't be a part of the maturation process.
“We have 14 girls,” coach Rick Watkins said. “Three are seniors and one is a junior, so that means that 10 are very young. But they are responding to the training.”Watkins noted much of the team's preparation has been focused on the mental part of the game. The training has been intense.
“If it's not the hardest I've pushed a team, it's probably up there with the best of them,” the 21st-year coach said. “But not one of them has quit or even complained.”
The Gators lost five seniors from last year's playoff team, but there is some leadership returning. Seniors Emily Costantino (outside hitter), Peyton McIntyre (libero) and Toni Ardabell (middle hitter) have been a positive influence to many of the younger girls.
“Emily is probably the most vocal leader,” Watkins said. “The other two seniors have been terrific as well.”
Junior middle hitter Rachel Elias is a returning letterwinner as well.
The Gators' roster is dominated by sophomores, a good sign for future seasons.
Sophomore setter Haley Solan will be getting plenty of varsity action.
“She is going to be a good one,” Watkins said. “She has a good attitude and she picks things up very easily. If I tell her to do something, I don't have to tell her twice.”
Sophomores Kaylee Ermine (outside hitter) and Kylee Soberdash (middle hitter) also are expected to make an impact on the front row.
Despite the team's relative youth, expectations are still high.
“I think it is assumed every year that we want to make the playoffs,” Watkins said. “We'll just focus on the next game and then move on.”
Costantino said playing as a team will be key.
“We expect to all work together,” she said. “We all know we are in the process of growing and we want to show what we can do.”
The Gators have plenty of work to do in order to reach their goals for the season, but so far, Watkins likes the way his team is coming together.
“The kids have energy,” he said. “They want to be pushed and they want to be good.”
Jason Black is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-626-3534.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rossi: Steelers will make small strides this season
- Not to be left behind, speedy Steelers are on the fast track in NFL
- McKeesport Area teacher fired amid sex scandal returns to school
- 2 held for arraignments in gun case
- Starkey: Bucs still battlin’
- Committee to advise Munhall on vacant properties
- East Allegheny teachers maintain strike plans
- Steelers have plenty of new faces at wide receiver
- Feds to protect 20 coral species
- WPIAL coaches, QBs have concerns about using newly-approved footballs
- Monroeville firefighters hope hot photo calendar will help raise money