A Seneca Valley student section. During Norwin serves, they chanted: “SLUT! SLUT! SLUT! SLUT! …” Hey, maybe they were hoping.
Yeah, that says Norwin lost. Seneca Valley swept the Knights by doing an amped up job of what Norwin always does. The Raiders were really good. But, just for sets and middles, here is a video from the first set. This is Norwin the way they typically play; pay careful attention to the amazing save (at about a minute in) by Brandon Kopko and the score by Joe Supko. (It was a big night for Joe.)
So, why didn’t Norwin have their best day? Did their Mohawks grow out? Not too much. But one thing I noticed was that Norwin got so many net violations that I thought the net would need support and counseling. Another thing was that the PA system came on in the beginning of the 3rd set to say, “NORWIN BUS DRIVER, YOU NEED TO MOVE YOUR BUS IMMEDIATELY” as if it was parked in the middle of the volleyball court. Third, there was a student section hell-bent on intimidation even when their team was leading.
And yet, I still don’t think any of these things brought Norwin down.
Norwin lost tonight because Seneca Valley simply played more skillfully.
Cara De Carlo is the admin/editor of Sportsgazelle.com