Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Foxes in Hunt for Section Title

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Foxes in Hunt for Section Title

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It's not often that a high school sports team is referred to as both experienced and young.

Fox Chapel Area's boys volleyball team is an exception.

Fox Chapel had only three seniors on last year's squad, and none were starters. The Foxes have seven starters back from last year's squad, which qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.

"We have a lot of experienced players back from last year, but we're still a young team," Fox Chapel coach Phil O'Keeffe said. "Only three players who lettered last year are seniors."

Fox Chapel's top player is Josh Tublin, a 6-foot senior who was voted second-team All-WPIAL Class AAA last season.

"We used Josh as an outside hitter/defensive specialist last year and at the start of this season," O'Keeffe said. "Three weeks ago, we switched him to libero because we're pretty deep at outside hitter. We haven't used him at defensive specialist since."

Tublin has accepted a scholarship offer to Ohio State University. His brother, Dan, is a redshirt sophomore at Stanford University.

"Josh is a three-year starter," O'Keeffe said. "He's the sole captain of our team."

The other two seniors who are returning starters are Matt Schrenk, a 6-1 outside hitter, and Griffen Burke, a 5-10 setter.

"Matt has been starting on and off. Consistency has been an issue, but he played his best match of the year in our last match, against Seneca Valley," O'Keeffe said. "Griffen has been our backup setter this year and did a great job filling in during our last match."

Max DePellegrini, a 5-10 sophomore, is the starting setter.

"Max is doing a fantastic job," O'Keeffe said. "He split time at setter last year. Max has started in every match, except for last week's Seneca Valley match. He was out with a back injury. Overall, he's doing a fantastic job."

Max is one of three DePellegrini's on the team. Ben, a 5-10 sophomore outside hitter, is his twin brother. Darrin DePellegrini, a 6-2 sophomore outside hitter, is a cousin.

"Ben needs to grow a little bit to be more effective on the outside, but he's been our best passer the past few matches," O'Keeffe said. …

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