Frazier girls volleyball expects another successful season
TribLIVE Sports Videos
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 email@example.com.
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.
- Ford City’s teamwork, emotion take center stage in semifinal win over Freeport
- Thomas Jefferson earns spot in volleyball semifinals after downing South Fayette for 3rd time
- High school roundup: North Allegheny volleyball tops No. 1 Shaler
- GCC volleyball cruises to semifinal victory to earn rematch with No. 1 Bishop Canevin
- High school roundup: Baldwin earns spot in WPIAL volleyball finals