Pine-Richland volleyball driven by love
Months before her team's season began, Pine-Richland girls volleyball coach Amanda Fetter discovered some inspiration for her girls in an unlikely place.
Fetter, a Coastal Carolina graduate, said she was watching the College Baseball World Series when she noticed something that resonated with her.
“I was trying to figure out, besides the fact that I'm an alumni, why am I glued to watching this? And it's because they were so fun to watch. They loved each other, they loved playing baseball and they just went out there to play,” Fetter said.
“At no time did it seem like they were under any pressure. I felt like you could feel that — it was palpable.”
From there, the Rams' mantra for the season, “Play it like you love it,” was born. The motto quickly was adopted by the team, and Fetter said the seniors have led the way with the philosophy.
“We have four seniors, and all four of them have been amazing in their work ethic and influence on the girls. They have a plan. It's evident that they do. It's a lot of fun in the gym, and they've created that atmosphere,” she said.
The seniors are Emma Cottrill, Katie Dorundo, Katelyn Goertler and Coco Kordenbrock. Cottrill will play volleyball at Notre Dame after she graduates, and Kordenbrock will continue her volleyball career at Pitt-Johnstown.
Juniors Jackie Hansen, Callie Polce, Hannah Cottrill and Zoe Sims also return to the court for the Rams (0-2, 0-2) after playing a considerable amount of varsity minutes last season.
“We have a wonderful group of juniors here, too, and sophomores. We literally have girls in every age group contributing to our program. It's a fun time for us right now,” coach Fetter said.
Sophomore Maddie Schieder has taken on the libero responsibilities for the Rams and has performed well, according to her coach.
Additionally, Pine-Richland has received a solid boost from freshman Anna Jurkovec, who has shown signs of being a difference-maker for her team with her athleticism.
“She's just impressive, there's really no other way to say it. She's just a really good athlete, and it's enjoyable to watch her play. She's talented, and she's contributing at a really high level for us right now,” Fetter said of her 5-foot-11 freshman.
Fetter isn't concerned about her team's ability to gel together. Instead, she believes her team's success will be dictated by how far they are willing to push themselves.
“I think they're capable of whatever they want to accomplish. They're a talented group of kids,” she said. “Obviously, we want to make the playoffs and we want to do well in the playoffs. That goes without saying. That's really why you're going out there every day, and that's why they have to continue to work hard.”
Kevin Lohman is a freelance writer.