By Taylor Munce, sports editor
Senior Will Phelan serves the ball during a recent match against CASH.
The boys volleyball team began their stellar season with a record of 10-0 in the district after an impressive win over McDowell on May 2. They took down the AAA powerhouse in five sets with scores of 18-25, 25-21, 25-21, 17-25, and 16-14.
Senior outside hitter Will Phelan attributes the recent successes to teamwork. “It’s crucial in volleyball to have a good connection throughout the team because we pick each other up when we’re down,” Phelan said. Senior Eli Draa, right side hitter, echoed Phelan’s sentiments. “There are always six people on the court, and if one person gets mad everything crumbles,” said Draa. “We try to work together the best we can.”
Phelan celebrated his last home match with the memorable victory over McDowell, but still looks forward to the remaining matches. “It was great to come out with a win on our senior night, and I loved the energy and spirit from the crowd,” he said. “But we still have some volleyball left to play.”
With their win over Maplewood last night, the Panthers remain undefeated. Tonight, they face rival Meadville Bulldogs for the region title. The Bulldogs are also undefeated.
Action begins at Meadville Area High School at 7 p.m. Follow @PantherPressSHS on Twitter for live updates.
By Elizabeth Hasko & Cami Reynolds, staff writers
On Saturday, March 25, the Saegertown boys varsity volleyball team competed against 11 other teams at the non-conference Cambridge Classic Tournament. The jv tournament was held at Saegertown High school with a field of ten teams. Both tournaments started at 9 a.m.. “We did alright. The team could have done better though,” junior weak side hitter Owen Chess said.
The varsity team had a rough start in pool play, but during playoffs they played better as a team. They made it to semifinals where they had a tough loss to Cambridge.
The jv team lost to Cochranton in the semifinals. “The team did really well together,” sophomore setter Raef Rhoades said. The boys will be competing in the Bobcat Invitational March 31 and April 1 at Northeastern High School. “I’m excited, but I’m also a little nervous because it’s my first time, but I think we will do well,” freshman Ethan Hayes said.
By Becca Siple, Assistant Social Media Editor
Brendan Barclay makes a play during the match against Northeastern. (Emily Ford/SHS)
A big congratulations to the boys volleyball team on such a successful season. On Saturday, June 6, the boys faced the Northeastern Bobcats in the PIAA state finals at Penn State.
Although they were defeated, they can claim the proud title of state runners-up in class AA. Many panther fans made the trip to cheer on their team, and they were welcomed back to the community on Saturday night with an escort of firetrucks and a reception at the school. Great job, guys!
By Lindsey Price, Staff Writer
Saegertown sends congratulations to the junior high boys and girls volleyball teams for a great end to their seasons. The boys finished 1-4 while the girls finished the season 5-5. “Although we only won one tournament, we’ve improved a lot since last year, especially because we gained five new players just this year,” said eighth grader Will Phelan. The boys conquered their last tournament at Saegertown with a win. Several excited fans in the crowd were happy to see the boys win the nail-biting final match against Maplewood. Elizabeth Hasko and Carlie Schlosser of the girls junior high team said, “We’ve seen ourselves, as well as new members, improve. More volleys and discipline have been incorporated this year, which could be why we had more success.” The girls participated in two tournaments this season, and ended each in the final four group. Both teams are excited for what next year holds and will continue to work on new skills learned for the years to come.
By Shaun Boyle, Sports Editor
The 2015 boys volleyball season kicks off tomorrow night, Friday, March 20, as Saegertown takes on Northeastern in a battle for state supremacy. Saegertown is ranked first in the state preseason rankings and Northeastern is ranked second, based on the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association poll. “I don’t think I’ve been more excited about a volleyball match in my entire life, and I have played in some big matches,” said senior Alex Barclay.
Northeastern, located in York, Pa., has three-peated as the Class AA state champions over the last three years. Saegertown hopes to stop this trend, starting with this match. “Since I started playing volleyball my freshman year, Northeastern was the team to beat, but we think this is our year,” said Barclay.
Come out and support the boys volleyball team at 7 p.m. at Saegertown High School. You can also follow the action live on Twitter @PantherPressSHS.