• Coach: Amanda Wahlberg (first season) • Last year’s record: 13-7 overall • Notable losses: Kelcey Farnham • Key returnees: Seniors – Brandice Clemens, Sarah Finkbeiner
• Others to watch: Senior – Angelica Soto
• Strengths: Coach Wahlberg inherits a very versatile group. A number of the girls have the ability to play multiple positions. The Warriors work hard and never quit.
• Question marks: The Warriors lack in height compare to previous years. They are young and will be using this year to gain experience.
• Outlook: Coach Wahlberg said, “I am really excited for the season. These girls have worked really hard and I am confident that they will be a competitive team.” The goal for the Warriors is to get back to the District One playoffs and avenge its loss to Sacred Heart in the Class A finals from a season ago.
• Coach: Trish Hoover (second season) • Last year’s record: 2-12 overall • Notable losses: Jessica Halteman, Marissa Souder
• Key returnees: Seniors – Jill Leatherman, Kait Miller; Junior - Kayla Dean
• Others to watch: Freshman – Lanae Hunsberger
• Strengths: The Pioneers possess a strong core of front row players that should be able to make their offense a strong point. The addition of some talented players from jayvee last year should be able to contribute immediately.
• Question marks: As always the Pioneers have the challenge of being a smaller school trying to compete against some Class AAAA schools. Though the defense is stronger, it has room for improvement, but as that aspect of their game progresses the wins should come too.
• Outlook: Coach Hoover said, “The outlook is good as we continue to rebuild Dock’s volleyball program. I am excited about this year and the squad’s potential. Wins and losses aside, the team goal is to improve as individuals and as a team. Defining success in this way drives our players to give their best effort.”
• Coach: Jessica Jarratt (first season)
• Last year’s record: 12-6 overall (6-2 in ACCAC)
• Notable losses: Rachel Shive, Kendra Kemmerer (elected to play soccer)
• Key returnees: Junior – Bekah Zoelt; Sophomore – Natalie Maurer
• Others to watch: Senior – Becca Coale; Freshman – Martina McCauley
• Strengths: The Lions look stout on the defensive side on things. The firstyear coach expects her team to succeed thanks to their multiple talented back row players. The entire team has shown nothing but heart and hard work during the preseason, which also bodes well.
• Question marks: The Lions enter a new league (Bicentennial League) with a new coach, so there will be a lot of feeling their way around early on. Expectations are tough to set when they do not have experience in the BAL.
• Outlook: With Faith Christian joining the rest of the state in having girls’ soccer in the fall, the numbers on the volleyball has taken a hit. The Lions do not see that as an excuse, but a challenge. The Lions are looking forward to all the challenges they have ahead of them this season.
• Coach: Joann Pisch (second season)
• Last year’s record: 12-4 overall (9-2 in the PCL; District 12 Champions)
• Notable losses: Carli Kohler, Caitlin Beard
• Key returnees: Senior – Ellie Greenhalgh; Juniors – Alicia Kradzinski, Chelsey Dutkiewicz, Kerry Duggan
• Others to watch: Senior – Megan Maskornick; Junior – Brynne Taylor; Sophomores – Kelly Bergen, Kaitlyn Kushman
• Strengths: The Crusaders return nine varsity players from last year’s District 12 championship. They have leadership in the setting, defense and attacking roles.
• Question marks: The majority of the team has improved through their individual travel club volleyball teams, but they still need to mesh as a cohesive unit.
• Outlook: In order to improve on their 12-win season they need to get past the first round of the playoffs and while they hope to do that, they are concentrating on winning the league and district titles first.
• Coach: Bryan Yost (six seasons) • Last year’s record: 13-3 overall • Notable losses: Kendra Allen, Katherine Elechko, Megan Gallagher
• Key returnees: Seniors – Stephanie Elechko, Alyssa Chiodo, Courtney Gill, Isabelle Kerr; Junior – Rachel Allen
• Others to watch: Junior – Lindsay Hendrzak; Sophomores – Devon Markus, Hannah Simmon
• Strengths: Led by senior middle hitter Stephanie Elechko the Maidens are very encouraged by their defense. They expect they will be able to control some of the top hitters in the league thanks to their ability to block some of the biggest swings.
• Question marks: The Maidens will be replacing standout setter Kendra Allen therefore practices and early games will be used to create chemistry with the hitters and the new player dishing out the assists.
• Outlook: Coach Yost said, “The attitude and work ethic of this team will carry us toward the top of the Continental Conference.” The Maidens goal is to win the league and go deep in the playoffs.
• Coach: Tim Moyer (first season) • Last year’s record: 5-11 overall • Notable losses: Julie Bagley, Jill Bracken, Valenica Coopersmith
• Key returnees: Seniors – Karlie McCreary, Sydney Keefe; Taylor Francescangeli
• Others to watch: Kara Weaver, Victoria Jones, Lauren Drugotch, Nicki Laderer
• Strengths: With the amount of girls playing club volleyball the offseason the Rams return and the improvements are drastic and evident. The junior class has spent a lot of time together and has high expectations.
• Question marks: The Rams have a lot of talent, but the first few weeks need to be spent figuring out what rotation works best. No position is filled and coach Moyer, who is back as head coach after assisting last year, things the competition between one another will help them grow.
• Outlook: Coach Moyer said, “We are looking forward to an exciting season and look to be competitive in the district. We have a great mix of experience and young talent all looking for playing time. We should be fun to watch.”
• Coach: Marlena Mussleman (second season)
• Last year’s record: 2-15 overall (1-11 in the Suburban One Continental Conference)
• Notable losses: Sam Cressman, Miriam Doepner, Megan Miller, Hayley Sparks
• Key returnees: Seniors – Jen Spause, Alexa Kluka, Grace Pinto; Junior – Bekah Ford; Sophomore – Cori Watson
• Others to watch: Juniors – Anna Moyer, Molly Thompson, Jess Overpeck
• Strengths: The Indians are encouraged by their commitment level. They held themselves accountable in the offseason and worked hard to get better. They expect for the hard work to get results.
• Question marks: While coach has no doubt they are ready, there will be a handful of girls stepping out the court for varsity volleyball for the first time. Inexperience is a question mark no team can avoid.
• Outlook: Coach Musselman said, “We are very excited overall about the season and our goal is to continue to build Souderton’s program. We want the girls to set a positive example as student athletes.”
Upper Bucks Christian
• Coach: John Zwart (first season) • Last year’s record: 7-7 overall • Notable losses: Maggie Blake, Megan Ferrel
• Key returnees: Seniors – Whitney Seidel, Emily Steward
• Others to watch: Seniors – Kimberly McDavid, Breanna Zender, Mikayla Clark; Sophomore – Hannah Campbell
• Strengths: The Bucks bring intensity to the floor that is unmatched. Their desire to play hard and play together makes coach Zwart excited to come back to volleyball after seven seasons with the boys’ soccer team.
• Question marks: Zwart feels new to the league it is question to how they match up against the rest of the ACCAC. They will have to take it day by day and just play best volleyball they are capable of, no matter who they opponent might be.
• Outlook: Coach Zwart said, “The girls will have to really step up and play consistent if a run for a championship would happen.”