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Opera’s power helps Redskins succeed among tough volleyball field

When the volleyball flies towards Lancaster’s Bre Opera, you better watch out. The ball is likely coming back and coming down hard.

The Redskins’ senior outside hitter has been impressive this season, leading Lancaster in its pursuit to re-claim the championships in Section VI and ECIC-I.

“Holy cow, she can hit the ball,” Lancaster coach Sue Pernick said. “She’s our offensive weapon; she’s a big power.”

Seeing No. 13 in Lancaster red isn’t exactly a lucky feeling for the opposition. She’s emerged as a senior leader this season and her kills are a big reason for the Redskins’ success.

“I love to hit,” she said with a smile.

Lancaster loves to see her hit, too. And not only can she fire the ball down to the floor, she’s also proven to be ready, willing and able to handle any task asked of her on the volleyball court.

“I just want to help my team and do whatever I can,” she said after leading the Redskins to a four-game win over rival Frontier in ECIC-I play. “As long as we win, that’s all I’m worried about.”

Through seven matches, Lancaster sat at 4-3 overall and 3-3 in the incredibly-powerful ECIC-I. In their first three tournaments of the season, the Redskins reached at least the Final 4 and were beaten by the eventual champion.

Opera led Lancaster to a second-place finish in the 16-team Sweet Home Tournament and earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

“I’m really happy with the way we’ve been playing,” Opera said. “Our blocking and hitting have been great; we’ve all been doing amazing so far.

“Our intensity really helps us, and the way we finish our game,” she added.

Opera is a part of a strong group of hitters that also includes junior middle hitter Megen Warrington, senior middle hitter Nicole Scherer and junior outside hitter Emma Santoro.

“I’m real happy with our net play; it’s been very good,” Pernick said. “We have a really good offense.”

Despite competing against the likes of Orchard Park, Williamsville North and Frontier, the Redskins have been competitive against and Opera a handful for anyone on the other side of the court.

“We’re going to keep working hard and go as far as we can,” Opera said.

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