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Frazier girls volleyball expects another successful season

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Senior Alexandra Chuboy will be playing right-side hitter for the Frazier volleyball team this season.

Mandy Hartman is entering her 16th season as coach of the Frazier volleyball team. She will be assisted by her husband Don Hartman.

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The Frazier girls volleyball program has been strong for a number of years, and that doesn't seem likely to change in 2013.

The Commodores will have to make a few adjustments to compensate for changes to the roster, but Frazier certainly appears to be in position to put together another big year.

“We have the same goals each year,” Frazier coach Mandy Hartman said. “Everybody's dream is to make it all the way to the end, and I don't think that our goal should ever change.”

The Commodores have won the past four titles in Section 5-A, including last season when the Commodores finished with a 12-0 record in section play. Frazier, however, was bounced by Chartiers-Houston in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs.

“Our focus will be on winning the section and then playing well in the postseason,” Hartman said. “We need to get better and better every time we step on the court.”

Frazier has a largely experienced group coming back, but the Commodores will miss McKenzie Barch, who graduated.

“Those are big shoes to fill,” Hartman said. “I think early on we realized how much of a loss she is.”

Barch was used primarily as a libero. Filling Barch's role will be junior Jamie Muccioli, who served as a setter last year. Junior Cassidy Guiser and sophomore Alena Blaszczak will move between the setter and outside hitter positions. Senior Alexandra Chuboy and sophomore Alexandria Eicher are slotted to be right-side hitters. Sophomore Dyanna Shaporka and freshman Annya Kossell are expected to hold down spots as middle hitters.

“We have a majority of girls back, and they are athletic and tenacious,” Hartman said.

With many of the pieces in place for another big season, the Commodores know the expectations are high. Those expectations are welcomed by the players.

“I think we are capable of accomplishing a lot,” Chuboy said. “It's going to be difficult, but we've been working hard. I'm really excited about the season.”

The Commodores open by taking part in the Canon-McMillan Labor Day Tournament on Aug. 31.

Jason Black is the local sports editor of the Daily Courier. He can be reached at jblack@tribweb.com.

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