By Jay Jackson –
With the volleyball season around the corner, the Comets are hoping for a great season.
Penn Manor has a strong returning class of juniors that are looking to compete this season. Coach Chris Telesco is not predicting a state championship this year but expects the season to be successful in many ways.
“I expect this to be a confidence-building year, in which we will realize the potential of the team as a whole, and the players individually,” said Telesco.
This junior-packed team is competing in a very tough section with Hempfield.
“We are and will continue to be a front-runner. Hempfield is consistantly dominant, and this year looks to be a strong year for them, which gives us more incentive to take them down,” said Telesco.
The key returning players are setter Cheyenne Weber, outside hitter Dylan Weber, middle hitter Marc Summy and opposite hitter Joey Jackson.
However, Telesco is expecting the leader of the team to be junior setter Cheyenne Weber who ties their team together.
“I fully expect Cheyenne Weber to be the quarterback of our team. As the setter, he needs to be the quickest and strongest player both physically and mentally,” said Telesco.
Both Weber brothers are going to be expected to do a lot this year.
“We need to work hard and play the game we know how to play,” said Cheyenne’s twin brother Dylan Weber, “we will mostly be a junior team and I am looking forward to this season.”
“I prepared for the long season by lifting weights and doing power training and I play Junior Olympic volleyball and I also go to open gyms,” Dylan Weber said.
The volleyball team doesn’t only work physically to prepare but also mentally.
“We will be working on mental preparation,” said Telesco.
Without a doubt, big things are expected for the volleyball team this year with the returning players and the work they have put into the off-season.