After undefeated season, Hawks ready for playoffs

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Photo credit: Korey Hajduk

Senior and captain Grant Jansante jumps up for a spike during practice earlier in the season.

Nick Guimond, Staff Writer

The Hawks have consistently put together a good volleyball team for years now. But with not much room to top their very successful predecessors, somehow the Hawks have found a way this year, too.

The Hawks are currently 16-0 with their most recent win in their last game of the season. They have finished undefeated for the 2018 season and will be playing in the WPIAL playoffs.

This work and leadership can definitely be credited to the seniors on the team like Grant Jansante, who when asked about the team leaders he said: “Dylan Schanck is our team captain this year and he does a good job keeping us all focused. The other two seniors are Jake Cunningham and me. Although we each only have two years of experience, we do what we can to add to the leadership.”

After graduating a large number of seniors last year, the team had to make some changes, and clearly they’ve found a lot of success in doing so.

Jansante said: “Last year we had a more experienced team with six seniors. We are young and inexperienced this year, but we play well as a team.”

The Hawks have proven this in their undefeated season, in which they knocked off big names like: Central Catholic, NA, Butler, and Central York!

Because of their stellar season, the Hawks earned a bye for the first round of playoffs and will host Hempfield on Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.

On the topic of the upcoming playoff run, Jansante believes, “There are a lot of great teams this year, but if we play our game, I think we’ll have a chance to go far in playoffs.”

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at the game. Penn Trafford will be playing the winner of Seneca Valley/Latrobe at 6 p.m. before Bethel’s game.

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