It's become somewhat of a tradition for North Pocono.
In each of the last three years, the Trojans volleyball team has rolled into the quarterfinals of the PIAA
Class AA tournament following tough district championship losses.
That tradition has included facing state powerhouse Northeastern in the round, and that continues today.
For the third straight year, North Pocono will look to pull off the monumental upset, as it battles top-ranked, unbeaten and two-time defending PIAA champion Northeastern today at Easton Area Middle School at 6 p.m.
"We really have to be mentally ready," North Pocono senior Tyler Pittsman said. "Watching them in warm-ups and knowing how good they are, you can get kind of intimidated. But they can have an off day and we can have an on day and we could win."
The previous two meetings with the Bobcats (20-0) weren't pretty for North Pocono, as both ended in sweeps. In 2013, Northeastern won 25-10, 25-16, 25-16. Last year, the Bobcats rolled to a 25-3 first-set win and used that momentum to win the next two, 25-11 and 25-13.
Northeastern has shown no signs of slowing in its quest for another state title. The Bobcats, who are led by junior Ohio State commit Reese Devilbiss, dropped Crestwood, the fourth-place team from District 2, 25-11, 25-13 and 25-7.
"We have a lot to do," North Pocono coach Jud Holdredge said. "Our guys need to believe. They need to believe that they're just as good as Northeastern.
"Yeah, Northeastern's above everybody right now and yeah, they have a Division I player but it takes five other players on the court, as well. If they're down and we play our game, hopefully we can stay with them. It's all about believing in
North Pocono cruised past George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science its first-round win Wednesday, sweeping away the Engineers, 25-8, 25-20 and 25-10.
Despite the daunting face the Bobcats present, it's a match the Trojans have grown to look forward to.
"It's always fun to play this game," Zack Gething said. "It's always a challenge but we're going to play our best. Anything can happen."