Most area volleyball teams are adjusting to new neighbors in their respective leagues, now that Section 1 has done away with a four-conference format. The section has moved the Rockland leagues into Conference II, creating a three-conference field.
For Rockland schools, the leagues remain the same — large schools will be in one, small schools in another — but for some Westchester schools, they will be changing leagues altogether.
The section has done away with a “power league,” which used to feature some of the best teams for the highest level of competition. Last year’s power league featured sectional champs Haldane and Hen Hud and sectional semifinalists John Jay, Panas and Arlington.
There has been a mixed reaction to the disbanding of the power league, but until the regular season begins, there’s no real way of telling how this will affect competition.
Double trouble in Scarsdale: The Raiders will field two official varsity teams this season, each competing in a different league. Scarsdale debuted a “B” team last year, but it did not compete in a league. Both teams are talented and could wreak havoc among the leagues.
New beginnings for New Rochelle: One of the teams affected by the power league setup, the Huguenots, dropped their final 13 matches of the season after a 4-0 start. Coach Alyssa Patti said it lowered team morale and that the new alignments could mean good things for New Rochelle.
Swertfager sticks with softball: John Jay libero Theresa Swertfager will remain committed to the University of Florida for softball, she confirmed. Rumors had circulated that the senior would choose to pursue a volleyball career elsewhere.
Fresh faces at Eastchester: After graduating its entire starting lineup, the Eagles will feature no seniors in their starting lineup.
‘Feed’ Mount Vernon: Mount Vernon will spend the early weeks of the season breaking in new players as it will once again have no modified team.
Give Ursuline ‘A’ hand: The Koalas want to return to the Class A final after missing it last year for the first time in three years. Ursuline took two of three from reigning champ Yorktown during a scrimmage on Tuesday.
Vincent Z. Mercogliano contribued to this report.