Leaving a Legacy, Go Dogs!

credit: Mandy Schleicher

credit: Mandy Schleicher

Elliott Schleicher

Fans are hoping for another monumental season with the bulldog crew. They are currently ranked #1 in the state. With the combination of the excellent coaching staff and 5 of the 6 starters returning, (Caden Mealy, Jackson Decker, Julian Jones, Braden Bosco and Cameron Schleicher), the growing prowess of this team is promising for another legendary season. Head Coach Nick Bancroft has a 45-1 record with his only loss being last years’ state championship. A phenomenal record for a fairly new head coach. His first year, the 2019 season, he led the Bulldogs to a state championship title. The first title in Meadville boys volleyball history since 1964. 

Credit Mandy Schleicher. (From left to right) Julian Jones, Braden Bosco, Codey Deeter, Caden Mealy, Mitch McKain, and Cameron Schleicher

Their home opener against Northeastern on March 25 went well, with them winning in 4 sets. Jackson Decker, a starting OH for Meadville finished the night with 21 kills and 9 digs. Setter Caden Mealy also had a good first game with 38 assists, 9 kills and 15 digs. After the great home opener they hosted a home tournament on Saturday March 26. The Dog played well throughout pool play and secured a good seed for play-offs. Besting Hempfield and North Catholic the crew made their way to the championship game against Shalor. It was a well-fought and close match, but Shalor won in the end. This was a tough loss but it would not hinder or affect the team’s play in the matches to come. 

 Their 2nd game of the season was a rivalry game against Cochronton. They had a slow start in the 1st set, with Cochranton breaking away with a score of 22-24. But, the Bulldogs forced the match into extra points and eventually swept the Cards. That weekend the team traveled to Derry, Pennsylvania to play in a tournament. With tough matches all day, the teams’ strength and perseverance shined. Their hard work was rewarded with the 1st place title. They hosted Farrell on April 5th and added another clean sweep under their belt. 

Many fans have high hopes for this season and rightfully so. However this must add to the already immense pressure put on the team. This could affect their play, or it might not. As long as they stay level headed and continue to play like they have been, there is a good chance that this team will meet, or even succeed people’s expectations. If you’re interested in coming out and supporting the Meadville boys volleyball team then check the schedule below this article and show some school spirit!

4/12 – Erie First Christian, at home

4/19 – Rocky Grove, at home

4/21 – Cochronton, away

4/26 – Fort Leboeuf, at home

4/30 – Hempfield Tournament 

5/3 – Cambridge Springs, at home

5/5 – CASH, away

5/9 – Butler, away

5/10 – Saegertown, at home

5/12 – Cathedral Prep, away

5/14 – Shaler Tournament 

Make sure to check meadville athletics for schedule changes, times and locations. And good luck to all the players with the season ahead!