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Plum trio makes things final during early signing period

Michael Love
Plum senior Courtney Zezza, seated, has committed to the women’s basketball program at Division I St. Francis (Pa.). Standing, from left, are Zezza’s mother, Lisa; father, Jason; and Plum varsity girls basketball head coach Eric Gillis. She signed on Nov. 12, 2014, the first day of the National Letter of Intent early signing period.
Plum senior Andrew Reynolds, seated, has signed to golf at Division I La Salle University. Standing, from left, are Reynolds’ father, Mark; sister Melissa; mother, Lisa; and Plum boys golf head coach Ron Richards. He signed on Nov. 12, 2014, the first day of the National Letter of Intent early signing period.
Plum senior Rachel Satira, seated, will continue her athletic and academic pursuits at Division II Seton Hill University. Standing, from left, are Satira’s mother, Charlene; father, Carl; and Plum varsity girls volleyball head coach Kory Flaherty. She signed on Nov. 12, 2014, the first day of the National Letter of Intent early signing period

A 180-degree turn for Andrew Reynolds brought him to the first day of the National Letter of Intent early signing period last week, and the Plum senior golfer put pen to paper and made it official with La Salle University.

He joined hundreds of Division I and II recruits for lacrosse, basketball swimming, volleyball and wrestling who made their decisions final.

The NCAA’s early period to sign for these sports began on Nov. 12 and was to end Wednesday.

Plum seniors Courtney Zezza and Rachel Satira joined Reynolds in signing on the first day. Zezza will play basketball at Division I St. Francis (Pa.), and Satira will join the women’s volleyball team at Division II Seton Hill.

Reynolds originally had given a verbal commitment to Division II Gannon, but things got rolling with La Salle when he met coaches from the program at the PIAA state golf championships in York late last month.

The Explorers offered him a scholarship, and he made the switch.

“It’s really exciting,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to playing with some of the best competition in the country. Some of the names just in the Atlantic 10 Conference alone are outstanding players.”

Reynolds made his first appearance at the state tournament this year, and he finished tied for sixth in the Class AAA field.

He also tied for ninth at WPIALs at Latrobe Country Club and was sixth in boys AAA at the Western Regional Championships.

Zezza made things final after first giving a verbal commitment to the Red Flash in September.

“(It felt) good and exciting,” Zezza said. “I was just anxious to sign it.”

Zezza, a 6-foot-3 center who earned all-section honors as a junior, is the second Plum Division I girls basketball recruit in as many seasons. Krista Pietropola, a 2014 graduate, has begun her freshman season with Youngstown State.

“Courtney is a long post player who runs the floor very well for her size,” St. Francis head coach Joe Haigh said in a press release Friday. “With her height and length, she will really help us at the defensive end, and she’s fast enough to keep up with the St. Francis tempo on the offensive end as well.”

Rachel Satira, a 6-3 right side and outside hitter, also gave a verbal commitment in September and will join a Seton Hill team that finished 18-4 in the PSAC this fall. The team was second in the PSAC West and made it to the conference title game Sunday before falling to Cal U.

The team will play in the NCAA Atlantic Regional against Gannon on Thursday. Seton Hill and Gannon split their season series as each team won on its home floor.

“I am very excited to sign and excited to be a part of the Seton Hill program,” said Satira, a Section 4-AAA first-team all-star for 2014.

“There’s no different feeling from before. I can’t believe I am going to be playing at the college level. It’s the old saying about working hard and playing hard and it will pay off. This is what I’ve been waiting for.”

Satira plays for the Keystone Volleyball Club which is coached by Seton Hill assistant Bob Hall.

Trib Total Media staff writer Doug Gulasy contributed to this report.�

Michael Love is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5825 or at [email protected].

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