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Ferri ready for 1st season coaching Chartiers Valley girls volleyball squad

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Chartiers Valley girls volleyball coach Jason Ferri feels he has a good grasp of his team heading into his debut season.

After stepping down from his last coaching position at Moon in 2010 to watch his daughters play the sport, Ferri has spent several seasons watching the Colts from the sidelines.

“I know the girls pretty well,” Ferri said. “I am coming in as an experienced coach that will bring in a different point of view.”

Ferri coached eight seasons at Moon, including two trips to the WPIAL Class AAA championship match and a title win in 2006. He also coached eight seasons at New Brighton, not to mention spells with different travel squads, including the P3R Volleyball Club.

“With experience comes a lot of wisdom,” Ferri said. “That comes from a lot of mistakes along the way. I know what has to get done to be a good volleyball program.

“I want the team to consistently win and enjoy playing the game at a high level.”

The coaching change could provide a spark to the program that has struggled in recent seasons. Since 2002, the Colts have only reached the WPIAL postseason twice – in 2011 and 2012.

Ferri should benefit from knowing the lay of the land as Chartiers Valley competes in the same section as Moon did during his tenure with the Tigers. Other teams in Section 5-AAA include Baldwin, Bethel Park, McKeesport, Mt. Lebanon and West Allegheny.

Ferri said while it is a tough section, the squad has the potential to develop into a playoff contender.

“It will take time,” Ferri said. “But you see teams in other sports at the school compete.

“A lot of what we need is for players to start playing more. Right now, we don't have a lot of girls who compete outside of the school year.”

Ferri has held open gyms with the team throughout the summer in preparation of the season. But when the team steps onto the court for the first practice of the fall next month, it may be the most important stretches if the team hopes to fund success this season.

“We have the foundation laid,” Ferri said. “We want to play hard, play smart and play together.”

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at nsmith@tribweb.com or 412-388-5813.

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