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Warriors ready for hard work to pay off

Wyoming Area returns four starters from last year’s club

Pictured from left to right, are senior members of the Wyoming Area Volleyball team. First row, Dylan Reedy, Tony Richards, and Donny Flannelly; Back row, Palmer Denisco, Cody Gates, Kevin Thompson, and Larry Popovich. Absent from photo are Joe Kopetchny and Chris Evans.

photo by tony callaio

Don’t tell the Wyoming Area volleyball team that last season’s one-win campaign was for not.

The Warriors return four senior starters from last year’s team, and Coach Noah Pickett hopes the work they put in as underclassmen is ready to pay off.

“I am relying on the senior leadership of this squad and hoping the groundwork that was put down last year pays off for the team this season,” said Pickett. “We have also added several new key players to watch who will make a positive impact on the team.”

Seniors Tony Richards, Chris Evans, Cody Gates and Dylan Reedy all return for Wyoming Area. Richards – the team captain – is the setter for the Warriors with Evans as the outside hitter, and Reedy as the opposite hitter. Gates, who stands 6-foot-6, is Wyoming Area’s middle blocker.

Newcomers Larry Popovich and Zach Lanunziata – both seniors – are being relied upon to round out the lineup. Lanunziata will serve as an outside hitter with the 6-foot-4 Popovich as another middle blocker.

“We are working hard on incorporating new talent into last year’s starting lineup,” said Pickett. “They are practicing hard and putting in a lot of time and effort to make this season a rewarding one.”

Other seniors on the Wyoming Area team include, Palmer Denisco, Bobby Messina, Andrew Ambruso, Joey Kopetchny, Kevin Thompson and Tyler Kirby.

Pittston Area will not field a team again this year.

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