Thomas Jefferson's boys' volleyball squad features eight athletes in junior class
Thomas Jefferson head coach Frank Staffen has high hopes for his team this season.
“Our goal is to compete for the section championship,” said Staffen, the TJ boys' longtime head volleyball coach.
The Jaguars jumped out to a 2-0 start with section wins against Seton-La Salle and Trinity, before stumbling against South Park last week.
The Eagles defeated the local squad in a tight confrontation, 3-2.
“South Park has a very big team. It (was) a must-win situation,” Staffen said.
Thomas Jefferson, along with Seton-La Salle, Keystone Oaks, Steel Valley, South Park and Trinity, compete in Section 3 in Class AA.
TJ is a junior-laden squad with eight juniors on the varsity roster.
They are setter Luke Good, middle hitter Adam Patrick, outside hitters Gabe Cappetta, Don Meucci, Ben Miscavage, Chris Serrao and Ryne Surgot, and defensive specialist Robert Schwartz.
There are only two seniors — middle hitter Adam Miller and outside hitter Quinton Gardner — on this year's team.
Leading sophomore players include defensive specialist Craig Bourgeois and libero/setter Sam Mason, while defensive specialist Jared Kelly is a top freshman prospect.
“We have everyone returning from last year, with several additions in Quinton Gardner, Jared Kelly and Gabe Cappetta,” Staffen said. “We still have a lot of areas we need to improve, and (we) hope to work them out before the end of the season.”
Staffen expects TJ, South Park, Seton-La Salle and Keystone Oaks to contend for WPIAL playoff positions in section play.
Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5820 or email@example.com.