After two seasons away, Wyoming Area was preparing to rejoin the Wyoming Valley Conference in boys’ volleyball before a decision was made early this week to call off the season because of a lack of participants.
Mike Zurek, who served as assistant on the Wyoming Area girls’ team in the fall, guided a group of seven players through the organization phases and the first week of official practices.
With the team ready to begin this week with just seven players, the decision was made to halt the process.
“Wyoming Area did have to drop the program,” Zurek said. “There were not enough kids. We were real close.”
Zurek said the decision was made after he met with athletic director Joe Pizano.
Six players are on the court at a time in volleyball and the seven-man roster would have left the team little leeway for illness, injury or other developments during the season.
Zurek is hopeful of another shot next spring.
“Six out of the seven players we had were underclassmen so, as far as I know, the thinking is that next year we can try it again and see if we get more interest,” Zurek said. “But, that’s not my call.”
Zurek was an assistant coach at Dallas for two seasons before working with the Wyoming Area goals last fall.
Wyoming Area was 6-10 in 2011, its last season in the WVC.