The Penn-Trafford boys volleyball team has a chance to achieve a program first at tonight's Class AAA Section 3 showdown between the Warriors and neighboring rival Norwin.
"We've never won a section title," Penn-Trafford coach Jim Schall said. "We've finished second and third in our section, but never first."
Penn-Trafford needs to beat Norwin to claim its first section title. The Warriors enter tonight's section finale with a 10-1 record. It's only setback came last week, a 3-1 loss to Plum (7-4).
"Plum has improved a good bit this year and played a strong match against us," said Schall, who didn't have the services of middle hitter Sam Kavel, due to an injury. "I don't want to use that as an excuse. Plum played better than we did."
Norwin is tied with Penn-Trafford at 10-1 after defeating Greater Latrobe, 3-0, Tuesday, dropping the Wildcats to 6-5 in the section. Penn-Trafford is the host of tonight's showdown.
"It's nice to be at home," Schall said. "I'm expecting a big crowd. We had a lot of our fans travel to Norwin when we played in the first half, so I expect them to bring a good sized crowd. The first match with Norwin went to five sets. I'm expecting another close match."
Penn-Trafford has a 14-1 overall record, which includes non-section wins against Pine-Richland, Upper St. Clair, Shaler Area and Butler Area. The Warriors have qualified for the WPIAL playoffs for the sixth consecutive year.
"The winner of [tonight's] match with Norwin should be seeded No. 2 in the WPIAL bracket," Schall said. "And the loser should be seeded No. 3, but I don't think the WPIAL would seed it that way. That's how strong our conference is this year."