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MAHS volleyball ends season with its first trip to districts

By Jason Maddux

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Posted 11/7/18

Blue Raider volleyball coach Lisa Huber says she has seen a change in her program during the last several years.

“Middletown volleyball used to be a hobby sport, where it was something for …

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MAHS volleyball ends season with its first trip to districts

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Blue Raider volleyball coach Lisa Huber says she has seen a change in her program during the last several years.

“Middletown volleyball used to be a hobby sport, where it was something for the girls to go out and do and enjoy, and there was nothing wrong with that. But the philosophy has recently changed. The girls want to win. The girls want to be competitive. They want to go to districts,” she said. 

They reached that goal this season. The squad made the PIAA District III Class 2A playoffs this season for the first time this year, falling in three sets Oct. 30 to No. 1 seed York Catholic, 25-9, 25-16 and 25-17.

This season, she had more players on the varsity and junior varsity than ever before — 22. The feeder program she started for middle school players when she took over the MAHS program six years ago has grown from seven players to three teams.

“I think word is getting out about Middletown volleyball, and people want to come and play,” she said.

While the Raiders finished the season with an overall record of 8-10, the team split the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division title with Milton Hershey with a 7-1 mark.

Huber said she was “very proud” of their first district match, which was played on the road.

“York Catholic is a very reputable program, well-polished program,” she said. “I think nerves got to them, never being in this position before. Once they settled in and realized this is just another game, they played pretty well.”

The team will lose six seniors — Alexis Harmon, Alex Kennedy, Katie Knaub, Hannah Wilsbach, Abbey Spagnolo and Adriene Funck.

“This is probably the best senior class that I’ve ever had come through, from a leadership standpoint,” she said. “They were all on the same page. There was never any drama, any arguments. They knew what their goal was and they brought the rest of the group along with them.”

Losing them will mean making adjustments, she said, but she is confident her program is on the right track.

“We did postseason meetings as to what the girls want to do next year and they’re already talking about, we want to do this, we want to do that. So I’ve got a very level-headed, strong group of girls who want to follow in those footsteps that were set this year,” she said.

“Every year, we can improve upon what we’ve just done,” she added.