In every game, fans are filled with enthusiasm and this could be the spark a team needs to go on a big run. For Egan Wildcats, its student class does just that. After a major kill from a pregame “I Believe That We’ll Win” applause, The Pitt made an Egan sweep of Eastview on Tuesday, 25-18, 25-10, 25-14.
“I think Pitt is always so publicized and it really drives us to work harder so that we are not only playing for ourselves, but we are playing for the school and we are able to represent them well. Trying to,” said senior setter Simara Amador. “It’s huge to support them here.”
Before the match began, as the Wildcat roster was being announced, each player threw a shirt at the crowd for the rowdy students. Soon after, a popular chant broke out among the student class. Most students know what happens after the words “I” are shouted and soon the whole pit was in on the cheer.
It was Egan’s first home match of the year that came after a season where games allowed minimal fans. The pit was activated before the opening serve and helped the Wildcats jump into the lead of the first set. It was the beginning of a long night for the light in the hands of the electric student class.
“It’s huge,” Amador said of the student class holding back. “It was really hard not to have fans, so it’s great to have them back here. It means a lot to us to know that we have the support of the school.”
Ryan Danich was so excited to be back in the gym and be part of the student class once again. There was a lot of preparation for the first home match of the season since last year.
“We have a lot of spells going on, so I think that really gives the team fuel throughout the game,” he said. “When we’re here, I think they play a lot better.”
To help honor the 20th anniversary of September 11, the pit was filled with an animated group of red, white and blue.
“On Friday, our last football game, we had a hero night to recognize all the first responders and this weekend was also 9/11, so I think USA [theme] really represents it,” Denich said.