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Boys Volleyball: Ambridge built surprisingly strong season

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Ken Wunderley profiles the Ambridge boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Ambridge Area High School boys volleyball team.

The Bridgers had to replace seven of their top nine players who graduated, including Pennsylvania Player of the Year Lee Smith and three others who were recognized on the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class AA All-State Team.

Losing that much talent with one graduating class would cripple many programs for a year or two.

That was not the case with Ambridge's 2015 squad. The Bridgers reloaded with players from last year's successful junior varsity squad and showed everybody their dynasty was not over. Expect the success to continue next season.

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Boys Volleyball: Ambridge WPIAL champs again

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Ken Wunderley profiles the Ambridge boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

Anthony Baronio and Capen Brendle watched the 2014 WPIAL Class AA boys volleyball title match from Ambridge's bench.

The two were junior varsity players last year, but dressed for varsity matches.

"I watched last year's title match hoping that we would go that far again this year, but this time I would be playing," said Baronio, a 6-foot-1 junior outside hitter.

Brendle, a 5-11 junior setter, had similar thoughts.

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Boys Volleyball: Ambridge is a WPIAL title contender

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Ambridge boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

The Ambridge Area High School boys volleyball was supposed to be in a rebuilding stage.

The Bridgers lost seven of their top nine players from a squad that claimed its third consecutive WPIAL Class AA title and second PIAA title match appearance in a row. Five of the seven graduating seniors were voted All-WPIAL Class AA and four were recognized on the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association All-State Team.

"We lost a very talented group of players to graduation, but our goals were still the same," Ambridge coach Glenn Freed said. "The three goals are to win section and WPIAL titles and go as far as we can in the PIAA tournament."

Ambridge reached the first of those goals by posting a perfect 10-0 record to claim the Section 1-AA title.