Ken Wunderley profiles the Avonworth girls volleyball team. Read his story below.
(Photo: Sophomore middle hitter Erin Williams is one of Avonworth's 6-foot players. Bill Wade/Post-Gazette)
Avonworth girls volleyball coach Doug Vandervort could have the tallest team in the WPIAL.
"We have four girls who are 6 feet and two who are 5 feet 11," said Vandervort, now in his 15th season. "I would be surprised if any team in Class A can match our size. In fact, we may have the tallest team in the entire WPIAL."
Two of Avonworth's 6-footers are seniors: outside hitter Abby Oberdick and middle hitter Sierra Hartings.
"Sierra sat out the 2014 season with an injury," said Vandervort of Hartings, the daughter of former Steelers lineman Jeff Hartings. "It happened the first Saturday of the season at a tournament and she missed the rest of the season. It was the third year in a row that we had to deal with a serious season-ending injury."