Penn-Trafford girls volleyball looks to grab another section title
By Doug Gulasy
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
The Penn-Trafford girls volleyball team won the Section 1-AAA championship each of the past two seasons.
Needless to say, the Warriors don't want to see that streak end this season.
Penn-Trafford (13-2, 10-1) will travel to Norwin Thursday night for a match that will determine the section champion.
“Any time Norwin and P-T teams play, it's a good rivalry,” Penn-Trafford coach Jim Schall said. “I don't know if it's ever come down to us two playing winner-take-all, basically, for the girls season.”
The Warriors are led by a deep group of seniors who won the section title in 2011 and 2012, and the team set the goal of winning it again this season.
“It'd be an honor to win it again,” senior Stephanie Jones said.
Norwin (14-1, 10-1) beat Penn-Trafford, 3-1, earlier this season in a match where Schall felt the team didn't play up to its full potential.
“They're a good, solid team,” Schall said of Norwin. “They don't make a lot of mistakes. They force you to beat them. I think we have pretty much things how we want them as far as our lineup; we just have to play a little better than we did.
“The more I've watched it, a couple of the games we lost were winnable games. Give them a lot of credit: They're a good, solid team, and we'll have to play really well to beat them.”
Penn-Trafford showed some ability to bounce back on Monday night, rallying from a 2-0 deficit against Connellsville to come away with a 3-2 victory.
“I think we all just wanted to win really bad,” Jones said. “It was Senior Night, (and) we wanted to come out with a big win.”
Schall said the Senior Night festivities might have given the Warriors some early jitters. Once the team settled down, however, it played to its best ability, he said.
“The passing game from the third game on was great,” Schall said. “(We had) better defense. (Setter Taylor Solo), if we pass decently, she knows what to do with the ball. (We improved) in all areas of the game, I'd say.”
More than the section title is on the line tonight, as the winner of the match will also get better seeding for the WPIAL playoffs, which begin next week.
“I think we'll be ready to play,” Schall said. “It'll be a lot of fun. It's what you play for, to be in this situation. No doubt we'll be ready, and I'm sure (Norwin will) be ready to play a tough match, too.”
Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5830, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.
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