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Cal­vary Bap­tist

• 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.

Christo­pher Dock

• 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.”

Faith Chris­tian

• 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.

Lans­dale Catholic

• 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.

North Penn

• 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.

Pen­nridge

• 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.”

Soud­er­ton

• 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.”

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