Volleyball players recognized with several awards

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Tom Rekowski

Dominic DiTommaso

The Shaler Area girls volleyball team had one of its most successful seasons this past year and some members of the team have been recognized for their contributions. Juniors Tia Bozzo and Mia Schubert headline a list of Shaler Area players to receive awards.

Leading the group, Bozzo and Schubert both were named First Team All-Section, First Team All-WPIAL, part of the AAAA All-State Team and part of the Big 56 conference first team.

Bozzo said she appreciated the team and season more than her individual awards.

“I was very grateful for the opportunity to have a season and play with my teammates, so any award is just a bonus,” Bozzo said.

Schubert cites expectations as a reason why she was so proud of these honors.

I know what those girls do each and every day. (I know) what they are capable of and how hard they work. I was very pleased to see that many of them received recognition for their time and effort.”

— Paul Stadelman

“When those types of lists come out I usually am pretty excited about it,” . “I have a pretty high expectation of myself and I feel like others do as well, so when I see my name on these teams I feel like I met and even sometimes surpassed those expectations. That’s what really makes me happy,” Schubert said. “I’m very hard on myself so when I’m on these lists, I feel like other people notice how well I play even when sometimes I don’t. However, I know I always have to keep working hard because I have now set a new expectation for myself and now want to meet that as well. Being put on these lists isn’t just because of how I play, but because of the team I play with. The thing I am most impressed about was the all state team. I honestly did not expect to make that and am super excited that I did.”

Outside of Bozzo and Schubert, six additional players were given honors as well.

Emily Peterson was named First Team All-Section, Second Team All-WPIAL and a part of the Big 56 conference second team. Addie Kania was named Second Team All-Section, Third Team All-WPIAL and part of the Big 56 conference second team.

Mackenzie Barr, Second-Team All-Selection, and Morgan Gralewski, Third-Team All-Selection, were both named a Big 56 conference Honorable Mention.

Allison Yarnot and Sierra Ricci were also named to Third-Team All-Selection.

The Lady Titans finished the regular season 12-2, going 10-2 in the section. After defeating Cannon Mac in the first round and then Oakland Catholic in the semifinals, Shaler headed to its first WPIAL Championship match in program history, but lost to North Allegheny 3-1.

“I know what those girls do each and every day,” coach Paul Stadelman said. “(I know) what they are capable of and how hard they work. I was very pleased to see that many of them received recognition for their time and effort. I know they deserved it and some maybe deserved more accolades than they received.”