Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Experience Should Help Montour

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Experience Should Help Montour

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Experience is the theme for the 2013 version of the Montour High School boys volleyball team.

Spartans coach Brendon Aleski entered his 12th year with a squad that featured nine players who started or lettered last year.

"This team certainly has a lot of experience," said Aleski, a Montour alumnus. "Everybody in our starting rotation has varsity experience."

The Spartans starting lineup even includes two players who were voted to the WPIAL Class AA All-Star Team last year -- Josh Sullivan and Zach Hartman.

Sullivan is a 6-foot-5 senior outside hitter who was voted first- team All-WPIAL.

"Josh became a starter in his sophomore year when we had a couple players out with injuries," Aleski said. "He's been in our starting lineup ever since. He's one of the top five outside hitters in WPIAL Class AA."

Hartman is a 6-0 senior setter who was a second-team All-WPIAL selection.

"This is Zach's second year as the setter in our 5-1 offense," Aleski said. "It's always nice to have your setter returning because he has a familiarity with the hitters."

Sullivan and Hartman were also first team All-Section 1 selections. Matt Cain and Zach Renninger were voted to the second team.

Cain is a 6-9 junior middle hitter.

"Matt is the tallest player I've ever coached," Aleski said. "He was 6-4 when he was in seventh grade. Last year, he was a big body who blocked well. This year, he's more of an offensive weapon. He's worked very hard to improve his offensive skills."

Renninger is a 6-2 junior right-side hitter.

"We moved Zach to the right side this year," Aleski said. "He's the first real weapon we've had on the right side since 2008. He's also a strong blocker."

The Spartans other middle hitter is Tyler Herman, a 6-3 junior.

"Tyler really came on at the end of last season," Aleski said. "He's not as physical as Cain, but he's quicker."

The Spartans lineup also includes three experienced defensive specialists, 5-10 senior Nolan Lasota, 5-7 senior Jake Schaeffner and 5-7 junior Mike Hensler. …

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