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Pine-Richland girls volleyball squad expects good things

| Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
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Gabby Olsen is a returning player the Lady Rams will rely on this season.

When it comes to girls volleyball at Pine-Richland, coach Amanda Fetter leaves it on the players to set their own bar and hopes they shoot for the moon.

The team often is in the playoff mix, and this season the goals are no different.

“We have a nice solid group this season,” Fetter said. “We were young last year, but this year, we have increased volleyball IQ (as a team), and the players are better able to anticipate events as they unfold. The more you play, the easier that is.”

Anticipation is important for the Lady Rams because in addition to a brutal section schedule that pits the team against the likes of North Allegheny, Butler and Seneca Valley twice a season, the Lady Rams also like to schedule a tough nonsection schedule.

“Volleyball is different than some sports because you want to load your schedule with tough teams,” Fetter said. “When it comes time for the WPIAL pairings, we want to have faced the top teams — that is what makes you a better team.”

Fetter is not afraid to play the best because she has a solid team with a great nucleus.

This season the team talent begins with returning players Abby Peters, Gabby Olson and Olivia Olson.

Peters is a second-year setter, and Gabby Olson has started since she was a sophomore.

“We have a deep team,” Fetter said. “The biggest thing is that each player is working so hard.”

Another trait for the Lady Rams is that the lineup is taller than some of the opposition in the section, which is a plus. But Fetter said on an off night, that advantage is not always a guarantee of success.

“Any good hitter can have a bad night or be in a slump, “she said. “But when they are on, it is great.”

To avoid the slumps and to not let anyone look too far ahead, Fetter keeps the team focused on the current day.

“With our schedule, it can be frightening if you look too far ahead,” Fetter said. “We want to be one of the top teams, but you have to look at what is right in front of you, and to do that, you have to take one day at a time.”

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

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