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Defending WPIAL champion GCC volleyball motivated by loss to West Shamokin

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By Alex Oltmanns
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Losing a game is certainly never a good thing for any team.

But for the Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball team, its recent loss to section foe West Shamokin may just have a silver lining.

The defending WPIAL Class A champion Centurions got out to a quick 6-0 start in section play but became a bit complacent, according to coach Heather Meyer. That complacency is something Meyer's working to immediately correct and is hoping the loss against the Wolves serves as a wake-up call.

“You hate to see a team lose, but sometimes the team needs to lose to get better,” Meyer said. “I think that coming out of that they have a new outlook. We've got to move forward believing that they do and go from there.

“I believe volleyball's a lot of the mental game also, and I just think they thought they were going to win,” she added. “Pushing each other in practice and things like that are very important, and I think we got lackadaisical in doing that.”

Now tied atop Section 1-A with West Shamokin at 6-1, Meyer had meetings with each her players to spark a turnaround in their style of play.

“We had a meeting with a lot of the girls individually to (see) where we're at and what we need to do and how much we need to push each other, to prepare each other. … Hopefully, that will light a fire for them,” Meyer said.

With no seniors on the roster, the Centurions are led by junior outside hitters Lauren Nolfi and Megan Stunja, along with middle hitter/setter Leah Bisignani and libero Rachel Moore.

Bisignani leads the team with an average of 10 kills per game, followed by Stunja at seven and Nolfi with six.

But it's been another player, freshman setter/defender Haley Moore who has given Greensburg Central Catholic a boost as well this year, especially after an injury to Kristen Hickey.

“I can't ask for anything else from her,” Meyer said. “I think she's done an exceptional job. Her ability to play in different places has aided me drastically, especially since we had one of our other players go down. She has really stepped up to that challenge and has played real well.”

Alex Oltmanns is a freelance writer.



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