Seneca Valley sweeps division rival Pine-Richland

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By Dom Pasquale

The Seneca Valley girls volleyball team came out strong against one of their biggest rivals in Pine-Richland at home on Tuesday, Oct. 3, sweeping the Rams 3-0. This is a game that the girls team really wanted to win, as one player said, “It’s Pine, we really want this one.” You could tell from pre-game, to in between points and sets, that this was a game they cared about and wanted nothing more than to win.

The Raiders surged towards the end of the first set, forcing Pine-Richland to call not one but two timeouts in an effort to regroup. However, that would not be enough as the Raiders went on to win the set 25-14, taking a 1-0 lead in the process.

The Raiders took a commanding 2-0 lead, winning the second set again by a score of 25-14.  The girls looked to win in straight sets against the Rams as they headed into the decisive third set.

Both the crowd and the Raider team erupted whenever Sophomore Emily Bedillion entered into her first ever varsity game. The cheer only got louder whenever she aced the very next serve. Later in the third set the girls finished off a sweep of the Rams, beating them 25-18.

“Our team came together and played as a team for 75 points,” Seneca Valley head coach Karen Martini said. “Big leaders tonight were Sarah White, Maddie McDonough, and Emily Devlin.”

Seneca Valley looks to build on the positives from the dominant showing as they get ready to face a North Hills team that has been in a rough patch as of late. The game will be held at home on Thursday, October 5 at 3:30 p.m.