TOWERING Existence: Senior Corrine Hughes is anticipated to be an issue for most opposing defenses this slide, as the Southern Regional ladies volleyball team vies for extra titles right after its NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV operate earlier this 12 months. (File images by David Biggy)
The torch labeled results continues to be passed from one particular Southern Regional women volleyball staff to the following. Just about every yr, coach Eric Maxwell’s Rams graduate gamers, reload the cannons and press on as they consider aim at more championships.
This 12 months is various in quite a few strategies for the Rams, but not so diverse in other individuals. For one particular, the year is starting at its normal time in September, not later in the winter as it did before this calendar year – the NJSIAA built the colossal change in scheduling because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Next, for now, it appears the time will be played as usual with a full slate of state tournament rounds. Third, the Rams undoubtedly will be vying for far more titles, but the personnel performing so will be starkly diverse.
“Anytime you gain your final postseason match it suggests you are state champions. There was no statewide Group IV closing, but we won anything we could,” Maxwell reported. “We had an unquestionably wonderful year, and we experienced an remarkable group of seniors who have moved on. This season, we have a terrific core of proficient players who are much more than ready to make an additional run at a condition championship.”
Carrying out so indicates a great deal of younger and inexperienced varsity gamers will have to increase up and fill a whole lot of footwear left guiding by these who graduated, which, for Southern, signifies replacing an excellent hitter, prime-notch center blocker and the best setter in system record, as effectively as a slew of wonderful back row specialists who had fantastic passing competencies and defensive prowess. Of system, Maxwell isn’t much too anxious.
“There are numerous proficient gamers in our system suitable now, so optimism is superior and I enjoy the makeup of this team,” he reported. “We have wonderful young children who like to compete and a team with good chemistry. It is likely to be a large amount of enjoyment to enjoy the hard work, competitive fire and staff unity build this period.”
Returning starters taking guide roles this season will be senior exterior hitter Hailea Krause, who before this calendar year experienced 96 kills to bolster a impressive offense of a squad that went 17-1 and captured the NJSIAA South Jersey Team IV championship. Along with her in the middle is going to be senior middle blocker Corrine Hughes, who broke on to the scene very last year and made 47 kills and 22 blocks, as properly as sophomore hitter Jordyn Hamlin, who tallied 38 kills and 49 digs previously this calendar year.
In any other case, filling holes left powering by graduated gamers will be paramount, and a bunch of seniors who managed to get lots of successful possibilities previous season will be vital to this season’s achievements. Among the that crew are hitter Sam Hanneman, defensive specialist/libero Brianna Otto, middle blocker Haley Skimmons and hitter Olivia Macanka.
Signing up for Maxwell’s varsity lineup for the initial time are senior defensive expert Ceyda Zenger, junior setter Amanda Floystad, and junior defensive experts Anna Malandro and Kaya Nascimento, as properly as sophomores Lillianna Davis (setter), Sarah Capone (blocker) and Molly Regulski (hitter), and freshman blocker/hitter Bryn Hagen.
“We have a good deal of remarkable items in our lineup, and we have a robust group of underclassmen,” Maxwell explained. “This will be an enjoyable and exciting season, and we assume to make a deep operate in the postseason. Which is generally the plan. Our target, all over again, is to earn a point out championship.”
Can the Wildcats
Do It Yet again?
Established HER UP: Junior setter Molly Quigley-Sanborn is back for a further period and will be a key element toward driving the results of the Pinelands Regional girls volleyball group.
When all people in the large faculty volleyball entire world expected Southern to be in the hunt for a point out title of some kind, past year’s shock was Pinelands Regional.
Just after battling through a COVID-19 concern that put the crew on the rocks for various weeks, the Wildcats returned with two months still left to the season, dropped three of their final four common-season contests, then in some way place every thing together and blew through the South Jersey Group II bracket to gain the first sectional crown in the program’s background.
“We know we’ll have a concentrate on on us from everybody we participate in this period, since we’re the defending South Jersey Group II Champs,” reported coach Kathy Bennett. “But that was a senior dominated team last period. It was really apparent to all who our offense was getting run as a result of. The attack must be extra diversified this season. We have a significantly far better stability across the front row.”
As prolonged as the time stays intact and nothing at all wonky takes place, the Wildcats need to be a contender again this time, particularly since of the talent and prowess of their returning setters, senior Bailey Lawrence and junior Molly Quigley-Sanborn, a dynamic go-getter with a large amount of fireplace who not only passes nicely but serves well, as well as a number of massive players up front, especially senior middle Jayne Wilkinson and junior hitter Olivia Benson, who had a stellar complete to final period.
Past people four, Bennett’s crew will depend on a bunch of players, who were predominantly element-timers last period, to make use of their expertise to produce into a lot more formidable roles this season. That crew incorporates senior libero Caitlyn Downes, junior hitter Antonella Stankevitch and senior defensive expert Arianna Loftus.
The newcomers to the squad are seniors Cattleya Sturies (defensive specialist) and Kayla Davis (hitter), juniors Eva Pollak (defensive expert), Mackenzie Jennings (hitter), Emilia Savich (middle) and Sam Poling (hitter/defensive professional).
“Our setters are both quite good, and we’re particular we will be in great hands with them as they both immediate our offense,” Bennett stated. “This will be a brand new group making an attempt to compete in 1 of the hardest divisions in the Shore Convention, as well as position them selves to make another deep operate in point out tournament. We’re self-assured we will be well prepared to confront any challenges that appear our way.”
For many going into last season, Karla Jennings’ Barnegat squad was a practical contender not only for the Shore Conference Course B South title but also make a solid operate in the South Jersey Team II tourney. Sad to say for them, they ran into a hot Pinelands team at the conclusion of the period.
Final GO-Close to: Senior Patria Moreno has been guiding the Barnegat offense for quite a few seasons and again will be the court standard for the Bengals this fall.
So, what is in retail store for this time? Anticipate a great deal of the similar from Barnegat – it is heading to be in the hunt.
“We’re returning a whole lot of starting players from very last year, so we foresee currently being really aggressive,” Jennings said. “We have a excellent mixture of athleticism, management and practical experience. It must be solid period. As constantly, our target is to win our division and execute nicely in the stop-of-time tournaments.”
The Bengals have the personnel, for certain, and it all commences with senior setter Patria Moreno, who’s been directing the offense for many seasons now. All-around her will be a reliable team of experience gamers, which includes senior libero Nina Soberano, senior hitters Robbiann Erskine, Valencia Gosser and Aminata Diagne, as nicely as junior middles Avery O’Cone and Gianna Gerckens, and junior defensive expert Hailee Lutz. Insert to the skilled crew sophomores Ashley Berger and Cassadi VanHorn, a hitter and defensive expert, respectively, who bolstered the offense and protection previous season.
With handful of newcomers needed to fill the varsity lineup, the Bengals will be expecting junior defensive expert Emily McAvoy and freshman Isabell Pavan to give depth to the back row this fall.
“I be expecting our crew captains, Patria Moreno and Nina Soberano, to be sturdy leaders and influence gamers this year. Each of them have began for the previous two seasons, so they bring a lot expertise and maturity to the team,” Jennings said. “I also anticipate significant factors from our hitters, because they’re all returning starters. In phrases of defense, we are much better and a lot more expert than very last season’s workforce.”
— David Biggy