The Christopher Dock girls volleyball team is enjoying its best postseason run in the program's history.
The Pioneers are simply taking it all in.
"I think the experience of going to these big, high-pressure games is nothing but good,' coach Trish Hoover said. "Just to have them involved in this and see what the higher level of play is and see what the potential of skill level is, the faster pace and the higher level of competition, is great for them.'
Dock, in the PIAA Class A State Quarterfinals for the second time, heads to Muhlenberg High School in Reading on Saturday for a noon showdown with District 11 champion Marian Catholic.
The Lansdale Catholic girls volleyball team also advanced to the state quarters and will take on District One champion Pope John Paul II at Souderton Area High School at 2 p.m.
The Dock girls are also alive in Class A soccer, as the Pioneers travel to Whitehall High School to face Tulpehocken Saturday at 1 p.m. while Gwynedd Mercy field hockey goes against District 12 champion Archbishop Carroll at noon on Saturday at Wissahickon.
The Pioneers have battled the last few seasons on the volleyball court and had a major breakthrough this season. After reaching the district semifinals two years ago and then the district final last year, Dock is savoring state playoff success, fresh off a 3-0 victory over MaST Charter on Tuesday night.
"I just think we've grown so much as a team that we connect so well,' senior leader Jackie Teed said. "We can read each other to the point that it helps us to win games.'
Teed has been doing a little bit of everything for the Pioneers, and a lot of what it takes to win.
"She's such a hard worker,' Hoover said. "She's such a passionate player.'
"She's been blocking like crazy,' sophomore Lanae Hunsberger added.
What Hunsberger has provided is strong, accurate swings at the net. Her 14 kills helped put away MaST on Tuesday night and could be a key factor on Saturday out in Reading.
The talented youngster elevated her level of play this year, working with the team's veterans to fine-tune her game.
"Last year, I was swinging across my body and my shoulder dropped a lot, so the seniors have been helping me get on top of the ball and swinging at my highest point — they helped me a lot,' said Hunsberger, also a young star on the basketball court.
It's been a great ride for Hoover and her team, one that also brings back memories. Dock's last appearance in states came in 2008, when Taylor Hoover, Trish's daughter, played for the team.
In her third season as head coach, Trish Hoover has her squad right in the midst of its finest season, and Dock looks to extend that season on Saturday.
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