The mantra for the youthful Gateway varsity girls volleyball team the past couple of weeks has been to finish the season strong and build to the future.
The Gators will get a chance to finish its season on a winning note Thursday with a senior-night Section 4-AAA match with McKeesport.
The match is set for a 7:30 p.m. start, and seniors Kayge Thomson, Gabi Davis and Rachel Beck will be honored in a ceremony before the match.
“It will be a pretty emotional night for them,” Gateway assistant coach Jena Antonelli said.
Gateway entered this week winners of three of five section matches and was 4-6 in section play overall. The Gators started the streak with a 3-1 win over McKeesport and added wins over Penn Hills (3-2) and Woodland Hills (3-1).
The victory over the Wolverines completed a season sweep, and the five-set triumph over the Indians avenged an earlier five-set defeat.
“We're young and still building on our skills,” Antonelli said.
“We are looking forward to the girls' work in the offseason and seeing what we can do with more experience next season.”
Gateway was eliminated from playoff contention with its 3-0 loss to Oakland Catholic on Oct. 8 and Plum's three-set win at home against Woodland Hills on the same night.
The Gators hung tough in a 3-1 loss to Plum at the Furrie Sports Complex on Sept. 19, and they were slated to face the Mustangs again on Tuesday at Plum High School.
The match was to be played past the deadline for this week's edition.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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