Ten­nent streaks by Soud­er­ton

Souderton Independent - - OPINION - By An­drew Marcus

Ef­fort­less swings by Wil­liam Ten­nent’s out­side hit­ters were a re­sult of strong fun­da­men­tals and crisp pass­ing. On Mon­day it al­lowed them to slow down the Soud­er­ton vol­ley­ball team in a 3-0 win E25-11, 25-10, 25-11), WKHLr fiIWK FRn­sHFu­tive vic­tory.

The Pan­thers E11-4, 6-3) re­cent hot streak is a bene­fac­tor of hard work this fall and last off­sea­son. They are cur­rently putting them­selves in the play­off hunt. In the Dis­trict One playoffs WKHy wLOO ORRk IRr WKHLr firsW post­sea­son win in pro­gram his­tory.

“We have made the playoffs six of the last seven sea­sons,” Pan­thers’ coach Brian Bassler said. “I think we have es­tab­lished our­selves as one of the teams that will go. We have con­di­tioned our­selves to play with tough teams, we had 17 girls play club, and it has made a huge dif­fer­ence.”

Se­nior set­ter Han­nah Washam re­mem­bers the darker days and is trea­sur­ing ev­ery time her and team­mates take the court. The days as a sopho­more set­ter, where ev­ery pass was not on point, re­minds her to not over­look an in­ex­pe­ri­enced team, such as the In­di­ans, wKRP DrH figKWLng WR wLn Ey any means.

“We still need to work on be­ing men­tally there for ev­ery sin­gle game,” Washam said. “Last year we had a whole new var­sity team. It takes some time to get used to and I can sym­pa­thize with young teams.”

“Ev­ery­one is dan­ger­ous this time of year,” Bassler said. “Some­times you don’t know how the younger girls have im­proved. We can­not take a night off.”

The In­di­ans sopho­more set­ter Cori Wat­son as­sisted her squad to a 5-0 start in game one be­fore the Pan­thers per­se­vered. Se­nior 0DrLD -RsH (0.-.) AODnLs OHG the way with eight kills, four digs and six kills. Ala­nis, who trans­ferred as a ju­nior, along with the other se­niors have an un­de­ni­able chem­istry with Washam.

“We are com­ing to­gether,” Washam said. “We are al­ways there for each other. Since we have been to­geth-

er for so long now I know where they like the ball. I think in my head, ‘who will be in po­si­tion,’ and it makes it eas­ier for them to hit it.”

What was a 5-0 lead for the In­di­ans dis­ap­peared with a blink an eye, but they conWLnuHG WR fiJKW. BLJ 5HG sHniors, who have seen the im­prove­ments from past years, never expected the 2-10 this sea­son they have been dealt. Cap­tains such as Jen Spause continue to en­cour­age the In­di­ans to keep swing­ing away.

“The last two weeks are WRuJK, EuW wH KDYH WR finG D way to pull it out,” In­di­ans’ coach Mar­lena Mus­sle­man said. “Jen is a strong leader and comes into ev­ery game want­ing to win and wants to play well. We do have a strong ju­nior class, so there are some pos­i­tives as­pects for the fu­ture.”

The same en­cour­ag­ing words Spause con­tin­ues to give to her group, Washam re­ceived from see­niors when she was mak­ing her var­sity de­but three sea­sons ago. The Pan­thers’ set­ter has never stopped set­ting her sights on col­lect­ing the cov­eted play­off win. Washam and the rest of the Pan­thers have al­ready beaten some of the peren­nial vol­ley­ball pow­er­houses and are hop­ing they can stay hot for a few more weeks.

“We are play­ing very well and in some ways it is a his­toric run for us,” Bassler said. “We never beat Penns­bury be­fore, we beat West Chester Hen­der­son and we beat St. Basil. We have never won a play­off game, but we are mak­ing strides to get in un­charted ter­ri­tory this sea­son.”

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSORAS

Christo­pher Dock’s Lo­gan Huns­berger works a ball around a Delco Chris­tian de­fender dur­ing Tues­day’s Bi­cen­ten­nial League ac­tion.

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