Trib Cup: Despite playoff loss Frazier girls volleyball team continued winning tradition
By Brian Graham
Published: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, 10:09 p.m.
The end result wasn't what Mandy Hartman had in mind, but the Frazier girls volleyball coach was more than content with the effort her girls put forth this season.
The Commodores' season came to an end Wednesday night after falling to Carlynton, 3-1, in the first round of the WPIAL Class A playoffs at Canon-McMillan High School.
For their play this season, the Commodores are highlighted as this week's Trib Total Media/WPXI High School Sports Award feature team, and they are a primary reason why Frazier is in seventh place in the Class A standings.
“The loss on Wednesday night was a little upsetting and really just a tough pill to swallow,” Hartman said. “We went up against a tough opponent, but I am very proud of the girls for all the hard work and how dedicated they were all year round.”
The Commodores were no slouches throughout the regular season. Frazier extended its section record to 50 straight match wins, won a fifth straight section title and reached the WPIAL playoffs for a staggering 16th consecutive seasons.
Senior outside hitter Alexandra Chuboy was the lone remaining player from the 2010 team that won the WPIAL championship. Hartman said it was difficult watching her lone senior's career come to a close Wednesday.
“Ally's a tough girl, and she's very emotional on the court,” she said. “Volleyball has been a huge part of her life, and we're like a family. So it was bittersweet to see it end on Wednesday.
“But we're all also very excited for what her future holds.”
The Frazier program should have no problem picking up right where it left off next season. Hartman consistently played five sophomores alongside Chuboy and junior setters Jamie Muccioli and Cassidy Guiser.
Hartman described her juniors as the “unsung heroes” of the team thanks to their under-the-radar play and coachable demeanors.
“Jamie is by far the fastest kid I've ever coached, but most probably wouldn't even notice her because she doesn't play for that big hit,” Hartman said. “Cassidy is a true leader which she definitely got from her family's background.
“I'm thrilled to have each of them back next year.”
Hartman said sophomore middle hitter Dyanna Shaporka will be a force in the WPIAL next season. Last season, she was more of a stabilizer but filled a void this year that impressed her coach.
“She really worked so hard to be one of our go-to players,” Hartman said. “When we need a point, I won't hesitate to look her way.”
With a wealth of young talent still available next season, the Commodores should continue to make waves in Class A, however next year they will not go unnoticed.
“When you're a young team that starts as many sophomores as we did, you don't have that bulls-eye on your back,” Hartman said. “So I think we were able to take it game by game and really set some short-term goals.”
Brian Graham is a freelance writer.
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