Team Overview: “Last year was a building year and now with seven returning seniors, we have quite a bit of depth,” coach Rene Van Horn said. “Hopefully we can speed up the tempo on the floor and give ourselves the element of surprise this year.”
Head Coach: Rene Van Horn (6th Year)
Last Year’s Record: 15-9
Three Key Returnees: Kristina Kayatta (Senior), Amanda Gross (Sophomore), Devon Ramey (Senior).
Key Losses: Machaela Sheffield
Team Overview: The Vikings varsity roster includes eight sophomores and one freshman, so they are in the beginning stages of a rebuild after graduating eight players who were consistent contributors. Many of the young players are experienced volleyball players, so their ability to come together as a team will determine how quickly they can rise to the high level of competition both locally and regionally.
Head Coach: Jeremy Ridgeo (Second Year)
Last Year’s Record: 21-7
Three Key Returnees: Lauren Homolka (senior), Teya Suico-Leonard (sophomore), Andrea Globetti (senior).
Key Losses: Ashlyn Brown, Lauren Sheeley, Alena Hernandez.
Team Overview: “The Cape Seahawks are coming into this season working extremely hard, and hungry for a chance to get into the playoffs,” Coach Justin Altman said, who comes over from a highly successful tenure at SFCA to take over the helm of Cape High. “The keys to success include playing for one another, and moving as one unit. The girls have become a family during the off season, and are motivated to learn and grow the game. We may be a surprise this year for some teams.”
Head Coach: Justin Altman (1st Year)
Last Year’s Record: 6-19
Three Key Returnees: Carly Vallardi (Senior), Chelsea Thomas (Senior), Stephanie Rey (Senior).
Key Losses: Katie Hanley
Team Overview: A 16-9 team is looking to build off a district runner-up finish with a new coach and high expectations. Freitas replaces last years coach, Daniel Selvey, who became team manager at Texas State University. “Returning junior outside hitter, Lexi Hoerr will be relied on for leadership, but talent abounds in the newcomers,” coach Lisa de Freitas said. Hoerr is the lone returner from last year’s team.
Head Coach: Lisa de Freitas (1st Year, coached team from 2007-2008)
Last Year’s Record: 16-9
Key Returnees: Lexi Hoerr (Junior).
Key Losses: Sammie Damico.
Team Overview: “We have six seniors including one senior who is a transfer from out of state (Indiana) which gives us a solid foundation,” coach Barry Harris said. “We are a fairly small team (i.e., height) so we will be challenged at the net by a lot of teams that we play but the girls work together well and we will try to overcome this with strong positioning and back row defense. We have moved back to a 5-1 with a junior setter that is very talented but has only competed in a 6-2 system.”
Head Coach: Barry Harris (13th year).
Last Year’s Record: 13-10
Three Key returnees: Dana Kahle (Junior), Nikki Paulsen (Senior), Maddie Cernohous (Senior).
Key losses: Melissa Libby, Christina Glase, Caitlyn Nicholson.
Team Overview: This year’s team will be looking forward to a winning season and are working hard in practice every day to accomplish just that. The Griffons have added strong JV players from last year and a few new faces to the lineup to make up for the key losses. “The key to our success will be team chemistry and a will to get better each day. Our outlook is positive and the Griffins are excited to start a new season,” first year head coach Scott Fultz said.
Head Coach: Scott Fultz (First Year)
Last year’s record: 7-13
Three Key Returnees: Paula Valderrama (Junior), Breanne Eneix (Senior), Cindy Lautenbach (Senior).
Key Losses: Kelsey Anders, Lauran Gottsch.
Team Overview: The Cowgirls graduated both outside hitters last year including Abbie O’Ferrell, who currently holds the school’s record for nearly 1,400 kills in her career. The rest of the starters are returning from last year, including senior libero Logann White and DS Hayli Hingson. “We will not be as big this year, but we have been working hard on our defense,” Nine-Year head coach Lori Perkins said.
Head Coach: Lori Perkins (9th Year)
Last Year’s Record: 18-12
Key Returnees: Logann White (Senior), Macy O’Ferrell( Sophomore).
Key Losses: Abbie O’Ferrell, Rachel Reinbott, Valerie Beltran
Team Overview: “After losing four seniors from last years team, we are going to be a young team but we have a very positive attitude and willpower,” Coach Kevin Clapper said. “It is going to be a great year.”
Head Coach: Kevin Clapper (2nd Year).
Last Year’s Record: 8-10
Three Key Returnees: Kayla Welsh, Julie Villarreal, Emily Collier.
Key Losses: Krysten Topliff, Julanne Vazquez , Shanele Brown, Mackenzie Brown.
Team Overview: The Tritons will be introducing a lot of youth, only returning four players from last year’s varsity squad. However, those four will be crucial to the team’s success this year. Seniors Kaitlyn Adams, Kaitlyn Arnold, and Lindsey Nelson will be leading the team with their court knowledge and solid skills along with returning Sophomore Aaliyah Hunter who is expected to bring the heat on the outside. Freshman Kaitlyn Slater is a strong outside hitter and will be one of the key newcomers to the team.
Head Coach: Bridget Zalesak (2nd Year)
Last Year’s Record: 8-15
Three Key Returnees: Kaitlyn Adams (Senior), Kaitlyn Arnold (Senior), Lindsey Nelson (Senior)
Key Losses: Heather Gillions, Summer Greenwell.
NORTH FORT MYERS
Team Overview: “Having lost only one senior last year, we are still relatively young and are continuing to mature as a unit,” coach Nancy Eskay said. “Our keys for success this season include continuing to rely on good ball control while improving the overall intensity of our defense and offense.”
Head Coach: Nancy Eskay (2nd Year)
Team overview: This is the deepest team the Sharks’ have fielded in their brief history. With six returning starters, they look to improve upon their record last season. With a loaded district, the team knows that it will take their best performance each and every night to move on. That being said, they are excited for the challenge.
Team Overview: “The team should have a solid defense, but is looking for how to replace the offensive load carried by Chenelle Walker,” Raiders coach Roni Hipp said. “Lovely Malivert will do her best to replace Walker, and the rest of the load will be spread to younger players.”
Team Overview: The Kings will be reloading their team with all but one player returning from last year’s regional quarterfinalist squad. The team will look to the tandem of Nicole Nicely and Ally Frith (708 assists and 270 kills respectively in 2013) for success this season.