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Daily Record Girls' Volleyball Preview

Volleyball team-by-team capsules

, @dailyrecordsptsPublished 2:04 p.m. ET Aug. 31, 2017
 
 
 

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NJAC-LIBERTY

MADISON

Coach: Stephen Fenton, 12th season.

Last year: 19-7

Returning letter-winners: Sr. MH Jane Taylor, Sr. OH K’mara Register, Sr. DS Mitra Sharif, Jr. L Marianna Fernandez, Jr. MH Heather McCulloch, Jr. OH Kathryn Wilt, Jr. OH Eve Sherwood

Newcomers: Sr. Lindsay Leu, Sr. Mikayla Jerrigan, Jr. S Samantha Paske, Jr. S Nash Giraldo, Jr. O Julia Sales.

Outlook: The balanced Dodgers will benefit from offseason experience.

PARSIPPANY

Coach: Heidi Brady, sixth season.

Last year: 5-13

Returning letter-winners: Sr. MH Tia Ayton, Jr. S Laila Sharafi, Jr. OH Jessica Ho, Jr. OH Madison Miller, Jr. S Jazzy Lee.

Newcomers: Sr. MH Shakhzoda Rakhimova, Jr. L Juliana Smith, Jr. OH Meghan Byrne, So. O Nina Falivene.

Outlook: Parsippany’s large junior class is expected to make an impact.

VILLA WALSH

Coach: Anneliese Yombor, seventh season.

Last year: 19-4, NJAC-Liberty champions.

Returning letter-winners: Sr. S Sydney Hammer, Sr. L Mia Douglas, Jr. MH Mary Cate McGlone, Jr. OH Molly Green.

Newcomers: Sr. DS Stephanie Uy, Jr. OH Caroline Hurley.

Outlook: Coming off their most successful season, the Vikings will need to rearrange and rebuild following the graduation of both middles and libero Alessandra Mondello (Cal Tech).

WHIPPANYPARK

Coach: Terry Gibson, 12th season.

Returning letter-winners: Sr. L Katie Walsh, Sr. OH Ariana Serillo, Sr. MH Gwyneth Gaynor, Sr. S Jenna Liloila, Sr. OH Carlie Dominguez, Sr. MH Jenna Holleran, Sr. S/O Julia Slattery, Sr. O/OH Allison Slattery, Jr. OH Brianna Swan.

Newcomers: Jr. S/O Cara Downey, Jr. OH Julianna Ombaldo, So. OH Bella Serillo, So MH Ariana Shatynski.

Outlook: Veteran Whippany Park has high expectations.

NJAC-INDEPENDENCE

DOVER

Coach: Maggie Langenbrunner, second season.

Last year: 12-14

Returning letter-winners:

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Newcomers: Sr. S Nicole Fallas, Sr. L Gabriela Masuda, Sr. OH Marie Rodriguez, Sr. M Naischela Harris.

Outlook: After significant graduation losses, the Tigers hope to rebuild from the basics.

HACKETTSTOWN

Coach: Jeannie Tagliareni, third season.

Last year: 12-13, 3-7 NJAC-Independence.

Returning letter-winners: Sr. O/S Kali Chesney, Sr. L Carly Edumunds, Jr. S/O Lisa Kaditus, Jr. OH Mikayla Udrija.

Newcomers: Jr. OH Natalie Castillo, Jr. S Emma Cowap, So. MH Alyssa Bizzarro, So. MH Phoebe Nadeau, So. MH Meghan Finn.

Outlook: The Tigers hope to surprise opponents.

JEFFERSON

Coach: Sara Voorhees, first season

Returning letter-winners: Sr. OH Katie Debell, Sr. OH/O Kyra Conville, Jr. MH/OH Gabriella Maffei.

Newcomers: Jr. L Taylor Young, So. M Stephanie Nwankwo, Fr. DS/OH Lauren Liaci.

Outlook: Voorhees, a former Jefferson volleyball player, takes over a young but dedicated squad from Marc Gaydos after six years.

KINNELON

Coach: Stephanie Finke, eighth season.

Last year: 25-5, five-time NJAC-Independence champion.

Returning letter-winners: Sr. MH Maya Erdenberger, Sr. L Alexa Monro, Sr. O Lauren Krauskopf.

Newcomers: So. OH Alison Sienicki, So. OH/MH Ashley Sienicki, So. MH Emma Yeatman, So. S Erin Ahart.

Outlook: Youth will guide Kinnelon on its quest for a sixth straight NJAC-Independence title.

ST. ELIZABETH

Coach: Yaidy Santiago, second season

Last year: 2-14

Returning letter-winners: Sr. L Catie Duphiney, Sr. MH Gillian Thieroff, Jr. OH Cameron Corcoran, Jr. L Ciara Fernandez.

Sr. S Melissa Donald, Sr. OH Lily Adami, Sr. MH Hannah Adinaro, Sr. S/OH Mairead Compton, Sr. M/DS Caroline Mahoney, Jr. MH Kimberly Earlywine,

Newcomers: S Sadie McVicar, So. DS Emma Cicala.

Outlook: The Panthers hope to improve last year’s record.

UNITED DIVISION

CHATHAM

Coach: Anna Amster, seventh season

Last year: 17-8, NJAC-United co-champion

Returning letter-winners: Sr. S Alexandra Shaw, Sr. O Emily Jaime, Sr. L Molly Brown.

Newcomers: Sr. OH/O Emiily Boyland, Jr. OH/L Sara Szalay, Jr. O/MH Katie Hauck, Jr. MH Eliza Kaye, Jr. MH Delfine Greeve, Jr. S Ashley Peterson, Jr. OH Michelle Cheng, So. OH Laura Macri, So. L Eesha Nagpal.

Outlook: A close-knit group of newcomers hope to guide Chatham to success.

MENDHAM

Coach: Eric Heditsch, first season

Last year: NJAC-United co-champion

Returning letter-winners: Sr. S Gabi Napurano, Sr. O Kolina Ungar, Sr. S/O Allison Oehrlein, Jr. MH Mia Hedengren, Jr. OH Julia Niehoff, Jr. DS Erica Alworth, Jr. OH Chloe Williams.

Newcomers: Sr. L Alana Ring, Sr. OH Mackenzie Ling, Jr. L Kathryn Flanagan, Jr. L Abby Lamont, So. MH Clair McDonough, So. S/O Skye Devereaux, Fr. OH Lauren Wilcock.

Outlook: Heditsch, Mendham’s former JV coach, takes over a young but talented squad from Kathleen Tucky after seven years.

MONTVILLE

Coach: Angelica Piccolo, second season.

Last year: 10-17

Returning letter-winners: Sr. L/OH Jordan Strickland, Sr. MH Nicole Villamil, Sr. O Madeline Morris, Sr. S Juliana Paslawsky, Sr. S Isabelle Bressman, Sr. DS Ali Wilson, Sr. MH Nadia Vieira, Jr. MH Eva Werheim.

Sr. Regan Henderson, Jr. OH Sydney Meyers,

Newcomers: Jr. L Kaleigh Culmone, So. OH Julia Herwood, So. OH Reese Henderson, So. O Colleen Kelly, Fr. L Abigail Lisi.

Outlook: The seven Mustangs seniors want to leave a successful legacy.

NJAC-NATIONAL

MORRIS KNOLLS

Coach: Jolyn Veres, third season

Last year: 13-11

Returning letter-winners: Sr. MH Christi Conroy, Sr. L/OH Lily Aasma, Jr. L Michelle Slomkowski, Jr. S Jackie Hyer.

Outlook: Veteran Morris Knolls hopes to improve on last year’s record.

PARSIPPANY HILLS

Coach: Karen Brzezinski, 13th season.

Last year: 2-19

Returning letter-winners: Sr. O Juliet Campbell, Jr. S Corrine Diaz, Jr. OH Molly Ward, Jr. OH Mia Tlack, Jr. MH Morgan Schaefer, Jr. O Meghan Comerford.

Newcomers: Sr. OH/MH Stephanie Clavijo, Sr. OH Korla King, Sr. S Colleen Sturges, Sr. OH/MH Stephanie Pascale, Sr. DS Eleni Zois, Sr. O Brittany Vecchia, Jr. MH Isabel Mathew.

Outlook: After a sophomore season on varsity, a large junior class must lead the Vikings.

RANDOLPH

Coach: Sheri Data, first season

Last year: 23-5, MCT finalist.

Returning letter-winners: Sr. O Stephanie Shaw, Sr. L Brianna Martinez, Sr. OH Alice Krauze, Jr. OH Caileigh Cox, Jr. MH Stephanie Renna, Jr. OH Jessica Koop, Jr. S Alexis Kemp.

Newcomers: Jr. OH/MH Jamie Pringle, Jr. OH/MH Kirsten Calantone, Jr. OH/L Katherine Tiao, Jr. L Jenna Heil, Jr. S Lindsay Danias.

Outlook: The junior-led Rams want to return to the Morris County Tournament final — and win it.

ROXBURY

Coach: Anthony McMichael, second season.

Last year: 16-8.

Returning letter-winners: Sr. S Jenna Shirkey, Sr. MH Lexi DeNure, Sr. S Bailey Keane, Sr. L Sydney Dunsmore, Sr. O Kendall Torpin, Jr. DS Erin Hawley.

Newcomers: Fr. OH Amber Chen, Fr. OH Quinn Longo.

Outlook: Despite the graduation of towering middles Reghan Palanchi (Sacred Heart) and Haley Cook, the Gaels plan to contend for the NJAC-National and Morris County Tournament.

WEST MORRIS

Coach: Jim Balella, eighth season.

Last year: 20-6, NJAC-National champion, Group III semifinalist.

Returning letter-winners: Sr. S Sarah Cardini, Sr. S Melissa Menagh, Sr. MH Kylie O’Donnell, Sr. M Kayla Shaw, Sr. O Brooke VanderLaan, Sr. OH Maya Kwok, Sr. MH Ella Flanagan, Jr. OH Liz Gialanella, Jr. S Kristen Poggi.

Newcomers: Sr. O Rachel Matthews, Sr. MH Claire Russel, Sr. MH Jendaya Williamson, Sr. OH Catherine Stingle, Sr. DS Julia Singorelli, Jr. S Bella Trimarchi, So. OH Laure Davies.

Outlook: Graduation is rarely kind to West Morris. However, the Wolfpack expects to continue its successful tradition.

NJAC-AMERICAN

MORRISHILLS

Coach: Christina Hobson, 10th season.

Returning letter-winners: Sr. MH Kayley Moran, Sr. OH Jamie O’Shea.

Newcomers: So. L Daisy Nguyen, So. MH Emily Jackson.

Outlook: The Scarlet Knights are young but scrappy.

MOUNTOLIVE

Coach: Lee Clowers, 17th season.

Last year: 25-3, 8-0 NJAC-American; NJAC-American champion; Morris County Tournament champion; Group III semifinalist.

Returning letter-winners: Sr. OH Annie Karle, Sr. OH Britney Rivera, Sr. MH Ally Dombrowski, Sr. S Lauren Miller, Jr. L Catarina Dubeux, Jr. S Isabella Soriano, So. MH Adriana Garcia, So. O/MH Tristan Adams, So. O/MH Jennifer Lemay.

Newcomers: Jr. OH Lola Negron, Jr. O/OH Allyson Ward, Jr. MH Jessica Lidwin, Jr. O Mackenzie Laidlaw, Jr. OH Charlotte Salafia, Jr. L Isabella Salfia.

Outlook: MCT MVP Karle leads the Marauders into a difficult out-of-division schedule.

POPE JOHN

Coach: David Capozzi, first season

Last year: 7-15

Returning letter-winners: Jr. OH Grace Parker, Jr. OH Madison Doherty, So. OH Sofia Russo.

Newcomers: So. MH/OH Jackie Taylor, Fr. S Meaghan Lawrence.

Outlook: Capozzi inherits a young, inexperienced squad without seniors from Dena Roberts, the coach for six years.

SPARTA

Coach: Derek Hall, first season

Returning letter-winners: Sr. S Talia Smith, Sr. MH Erin Scott, Sr. OH Paige Smith, Sr. DS Bayleigh Takacs, Sr. DS Sophia Sandgran.

Newcomers: Kelli Vogel, Theresa Piemonte, Morgan Saulys, Jess Esso, Emma Bova, Sarah Kokoszka, Shelby Zapp, Brooke Serovich, Rebecca Greenberg.

Outlook: The Spartans hope to build on last fall’s success.

VERNON

Coach: Matt Sorensen, ninth season.

Last year: 18-8

Returning letter-winners: Sr. OH Gianna Valsoney, Sr. DS Alia Altunbilek, Sr. OH Morgan Ruel, Jr. MH Julia Nangle, Jr. MH Emily Rhoades, Jr. DS Natalie Alheidt, Jr. L Bridget Fraser, Jr. S Aubrey Gardner.

Newcomers: Sr. DS Jackie Villafuerte, Jr. O Brielle Eilinger, Jr. OH Marley Terwilliger, Jr. S/MH Shelby Ebbighausen, So. OH Olivia Vizzini.

Outlook: After setting a school record with 18 wins last fall, Vernon hopes to return to the NJSIAA Tournament.

INDEPENDENT

MORRIS TECH

Coach: John Lisella, first season.

Last year: 4-17

Returning letter-winners: Sr. OH Mallory Singer, Sr. MH Sarah Vojta, Sr. L Kimberly Gust, Sr. O Gianna Ruffo, Sr. Stacy DS Fiszer.

Newcomers: Jr. S Christina McMahon, Jr. DS Alexa Balleras, Jr. DS Neona Wong, Jr. OH Meghan Muth, Jr. DS Mikhaela Bacanya, Jr. S Nicole Zebick, So. MH Mackenzie Catalano.

Outlook: The young Devils hope to step up at the NJTAC Tournament, and qualify for the NJSIAA Tournament.

   
Author: Jane Havsy