Shaler girls volleyball team ready for section stretch

Jerry Clark
| Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

With a solid team returning to the court this season, the Shaler Lady Titans volleyball squad needs to focus on some of the little things in order to put together another successful season, according to coach Kris Ruppert.

“We lack size, but if we stick with our system, serve tough and not make unforced errors, the size will even out,” Ruppert said.

The Lady Titans do have one of the more talented setters in he section in Annie Bozzo.

“Annie spent a lot of time on her setting skills,” Ruppert said. “Her location is important.”

With an already good player improving, the players behind Bozzo will benefit.

Lizzy Klein was named one of the Fabulous 50 as a sophomore and has done a good job as an outside hitter again this season.

Nicole Pilewski will play either outside or libero, depending on the situation, and her sister Natalie is another setter who has improved, according to Ruppert.

Senior Liz Rhodes is the lone senior starter and a middle hitter for the team. Julia Burnesser is back on the right side, and Hannah Bradford will help on the outside.

“Our defense is solid, and we will have to be good at handling the ball,” Ruppert said. “We have a close core of girls who genuinely like each other. They spend time together off the court, and they are just an all-around fun group.”

The fun has transferred to the court: Shaler has won three straight games by a final score of 3-0. Shaler defeated Gateway, Plum and McKeesport and will turn its attention to Woodland Hills at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 before preparing for a Sept. 24 game against Oakland Catholic.

Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or

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