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Girls volleyball closes in on earning district playoff spot

The Northwestern girls volleyball team is in the home stretch of its season with only three games remaining on the schedule. The Tigers are set to head to William Allen before hosting Lehighton and Notre Dame to wrap up their season.

The team has a 7-8 record overall with a 4-4 record in conference play.

Head coach Mike Maston feels that the team has picked up on the new coaching style he brought in and that the program is trending in the right direction.

“I believe the younger players picked up quickly on my ways,” he said. “The older players have come around as well and we are starting to put things together.”

While Maston feels the Tigers are getting things going now, he still has some things he hopes to improve on.

“We are working on picking up the tempo of our offense,” said Maston.

So far this season Northwestern has been led by junior setter Brooke Dwane, sophomore libero Kylie Nagle, senior outside hitter Olivia Silfies, and junior right side hitter Jenna Breininger, who Maston says has “stepped up to become our team captain.”

According to Maston the most improved player for the Tigers this season has been freshman middle hitter Sienna Almonti.

The youth of the Tigers should bode well for the team’s future as Northwestern will be losing only two seniors heading into next season outside hitters Olivia Silfies and Allison Eiring.

With most of the team coming back the Tigers should be set for growth heading into next season with a more experienced team and more comfort in Maston as he heads into his second season.

“I’m looking to finish out our season strong and bring back a stronger and even more competitive team next season,” said Maston.

With three games left in the season and one league game remaining, the Tigers are one league win or two overall wins away from clinching a district playoff berth.

They finish the season with matches against Allen (Oct. 9), Lehighton (Oct. 11) and Notre Dame of Green Pond (Oxt. 12).

PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCK Mikayla Turner goes up for a spike as teammate Mia Ritter sets up to handle the return shot during a win over Catasauqua Tuesday.