Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Runner-Up Label Shadows Seneca

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Runner-Up Label Shadows Seneca

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The number two has been a consistent theme for the Seneca Valley boys volleyball team during the 2012 season.

The Raiders opened the season by placing second at the North Allegheny Tournament, which took place March 24. The Raiders lost to the Tigers in the title game.

The following weekend, Seneca Valley placed second at the Northeastern Tournament in York. The Raiders were defeated by Chambersburg in the title game.

On Saturday, Seneca Valley played host to an 11-team tournament and the Raiders placed second after losing a best-of-three title match against Altoona.

Seneca Valley did escape the dreaded No. 2 at the Meadville Tournament, which took place April 14. The Raiders claimed the title with a win against Ambridge.

"We've been fortunate to play in the finals of all four tournaments, but came up short of a title in three," Seneca Valley coach Dan Mountain said. "We were close in all three losses. That shows me just how close we are."

Seneca Valley has been ranked No. 2 in WPIAL Class AAA all season, which is no surprise, considering the Raiders were the WPIAL Class AAA runners-up last year.

"I think we've played well enough to be ranked No. 2 in the WPIAL," Mountain said. "But we realize that North Allegheny is once again the team to beat."

North Allegheny claimed its fourth tournament title in six weeks by winning Saturday at the State College Tournament. The Tigers defeated Northeastern in the title match.

After defeating Shaler Area, 3-1, Tuesday at home, Seneca Valley has an 8-1 record in Section 2-AAA, which leaves the Raiders in second place. North Allegheny leads the section with a 9-0 record after blanking Butler Area, 3-0, Tuesday.

Both teams are in action tonight, as Seneca Valley travels to Pine-Richland, while North Allegheny plays host to Fox Chapel.

Seneca Valley's only setback in section play was a 3-1 loss at North Allegheny. …

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