They are seven of the top returning volleyball players in the Lower Hudson Valley, and they are the members of this year’s “Super 7” team:
Kiara Adams, Peekskill — The 5-foot-10 sophomore can hit from either side, as well as set. If Peekskill ever fully turns around its program, Adams will be at the center of it all. Adams should be one to keep an eye on during her final two years with the Lady Red Devils.
Yvette Burcescu, Panas — The reigning Journal News/lohud.com Westchester/Putnam player of the year ended her recruitment over the summer by verbally committing to Tulane. The 6-foot-2 junior outside hitter was an All-American honorable mention last year and returns as one of the top talents in the country.
Christina Chu, Ardsley — The junior earned all-section honors as a setter last year after switching from libero, and should see similar success this year. Chu’s soft hands should make for a smooth transition as Ardsley adjusts to new offensive options.
Madison Monahan, North Rockland — The lone Rockland County representative, the 5-foot-10 outside hitter is the primary reason many are calling the Red Raiders a significant threat in Class AA this year. Monahan will easily be one of the most entertaining players to watch in the county this season.
Sabrina Patriciello, Panas — The junior libero garnered first-team all-state honors last year after anchoring Panas’ defense during its run to the Class A state finals. Everyone talks about Panas’ wealth of offensive talent, and deservedly so, but Patriciello is an eye-opening spectacle in the back row who shouldn’t be overlooked.
Zoe Staats, Hen Hud — One of the hardest hitters in the section, the junior southpaw was invited to the prestigious USA Volleyball Youth National A2 Invitational Camp in Colorado in July. Staats earned all-section honors last year after help anchor the Sailors to their 13th section title in 15 years.
Brooke Vahos, Haldane — The Blue Devils may be moving up to Class C this year after winning 13 consecutive Section 1 titles in Class D, but the senior’s all-around play and experience should keep the Blue Devils in a strong position to extend their streak. Vahos’ versatility to hit, set, and block gives first-year head coach Kelsey Flaherty plenty of options.
Julianna Bottarini, Panas, Sr.
Lauren Feeley, Panas, Jr.
Toni Fiore, Yorktown, Sr.
Nicole Frascati, Yonkers, Sr.
Annemarie Horn, Scarsdale, Jr.
Kirstin Loh, Hen Hud, Sr.
Mychael Vernon, Ossining, Fr.