Ken Wunderley has this week's High School Boys Volleyball Notebook. Read his story below.
(Photo: Seneca Valley's Matt Gagnon, a junior outside hitter, eludes the block attempts of two North Allegheny defenders in a match March 29. J.J. LaBella/Tri-State Sports & News Service)
The Seneca Valley boys volleyball team advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA title match last year with a senior-dominated team. The Raiders lost eight seniors from that squad to graduation, including seven who had a starting role.
With that in mind, many were questioning whether Seneca Valley would be a serious contender in this year's race for WPIAL gold. Raiders coach Dan Follett was not one of the doubters.
"I'm not surprised at all," Follett said. "I knew we had a talented group of 11 seniors who were ready to pick up where last year's seniors left off."
Seneca Valley entered Thursday night's match against Shaler Area with a 6-2 record in Class AAA Section 2. The Raiders moved up to No. 3 in the WPIAL rankings with a 3-0 sweep of North Allegheny April 21, but then dropped a 3-1 decision to No. 9 Pine-Richland Tuesday. North Allegheny, a 3-2 winner against Seneca Valley in the first half, leads the section with a 7-1 record.