Title Defense Begins for Penn-Trafford; despite All His Team's Success during the 2016 Regular Season, Penn-Trafford Boys Volleyball Coach Jim Schall Kept His Team Focused by Playing the Underdog Card All the Way to the School's First WPIAL Class AAA Championship. [Derived Headline]

By Whalen, William | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 29, 2017 | Go to article overview

Title Defense Begins for Penn-Trafford; despite All His Team's Success during the 2016 Regular Season, Penn-Trafford Boys Volleyball Coach Jim Schall Kept His Team Focused by Playing the Underdog Card All the Way to the School's First WPIAL Class AAA Championship. [Derived Headline]


Whalen, William, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Despite all his team's success during the 2016 regular season, Penn-Trafford boys volleyball coach Jim Schall kept his team focused by playing the underdog card all the way to the school's first WPIAL Class AAA championship.

"I think going into the finals we were still the top seed, but I still felt like we were a little bit of the underdog," said Schall, who is entering his 15th season. "I wasn't going to predict a win, but I thought we had a pretty good chance (to win) going into the WPIAL final."

Penn-Trafford (20-2) finally had arrived. The championship marked the end to a long journey to the top of the WPIAL mountain.

"Many points in the (2016) season could have gone a bit differently, but it seemed to go our way," Schall said. "It was a pretty determined group."

Things took a turn for Penn-Trafford in the PIAA semifinals when the Warriors fell to Penn Manor in four sets. It was then the 2016 season ended and the 2017 season began.

"It was a fun year, and I think they'd like to do something like that again," Schall said. "It's a new team and a new season, (and) I don't sense that we're satisfied with what we did last year."

The Warriors are stocked with talent and size at almost every position. Senior Joe Salesi (5-foot-9) will move from the libero position to setter. Schall described Salesi as one of the best athletes on the team and acknowledged his linemates are going to need some time to adjust to their new setter. …

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