Quaker Valley girls volleyball qualifies for WPIAL playoffs
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Quaker Valley girls volleyball coach Mike Vavrek considers seniors Alyssa Bartling and Jade Kost ideal captains.
Besides being strong leaders, they rank among top players statistically.
Both players are big reasons the Quakers, who were 8-1 overall and 6-1 in Section 2-AA entering this week, have clinched a WPIAL playoff berth for the second straight year. Quaker Valley qualified by beating Ambridge, 3-1, last week.
“(Bartling and Kost) are very well educated on the game and don't make a lot of mistakes,” Vavrek said.
Bartling, a 5-foot-3 outside hitter, leads Quaker Valley with 78 digs and 44 aces. She is third in kills (49).
Kost, a 5-foot-4 outside hitter, is second in kills (58) and aces (41) and third in digs (55).
Teammates the last three years, Bartling and Kost have become friends, which Bartling said helps them as captains.
“We think alike,” Bartling said.
Kost said being a leader comes naturally.
“I've been (one) since seventh grade,” Kost said.
Vavrek said the two players have similar temperaments.
“They're very vocal and good in demanding that younger girls stay focused,” Vavrek said.
Bartling and Kost were instrumental in rallying the Quakers after they lost to Central Valley, 3-2, last month. Quaker Valley won its next three section matches.
The Quakers traveled to Central Valley for a rematch Wednesday. Results were not available before this edition's deadline.
“I put it in the girls' heads you can't quit,” Bartling said. “You lose, you move on.”
“I told them to forget about the past and just play harder,” Kost said.
Junior Michaela Sobecki likes that the captains offer only constructive criticism.
“They don't nitpick,” Sobecki said. “What they say is encouraging.”
Besides Bartling and Kost, statistical leaders include junior Kathryn Wroblewski (first with 62 kills), Sobecki (second with 76 digs) and sophomore Hannah Kley (third with 27 aces).
Junior Ashlee Bacvinskas leads the Quakers with 239 assists.
Sophomore Miasha Beck had 33 kills playing in only five matches.
Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.
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.