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Head coach: Sarah Warner

Last year’s record: 3-14

Key losses: Dejia Simmons, Abby Rowe

Key returners: Nicoll Donayre, Alex Walton, Courtney Soboleski

Outlook: “Our team has worked unbelievably hard in the offseason, and has grown in terms of skill and knowledge of the game,” said Warner, the Bulldogs’ second-year head coach. “I am more confident in their abilities to adapt to tough situations and make plays. Their confidence has grown as well, and it shows on the court. With many new athletic kids in the gym, it is nice to look at our more-experienced players for guidance.”


Head coach: Samantha Page

Last year’s record: 0-17

Key losses: Summer Kubicki

Key returners: Emilee Lester, Carmen Garcia

Outlook: For the second consecutive season, the Crusaders are under the direction of a first-year head coach as Samantha Page takes over for Stephanie Bell. Page takes over a program that went winless in 2012, and lost key player Summer Kubicki from last year’s team. Page will need to rely heavily on the experience of senior Emilee Lester and junior outside hitter Carmen Garcia.


Head coach: Mike Williams

Last year’s record: 14-3

Key losses: Carina Mazzoni, Grace Emmett

Key returners: Emily Sipple, Nicole Jankowski, Olivia Jankowski, Taryn Wojnar

Outlook: While the Comets lose the steadiness and experience from multiple-year starter and setter Carina Mazzoni, head coach Mike Williams has enough to make a run to the top of the league. “We do have a lot of experience back,” he said. “We are looking to make a push. I believe we will be in the top-three or top-four teams of the league.”


Head coach: Meredith Recek

Last year’s record: 11-6

Key losses: Tanner Englehart, Christina Diltz

Key returners: none

Outlook: Coming off a strong 11-6 season in 2012, the sledding could be a little rough at Dallas this season as fourth-year head coach Meredith Recek lost her entire team to graduation – including powerful hitter Tanner Englehart. “I don’t like to use the word rebuilding, but in some ways, we are rebuilding,” she said. “Our whole team is new, and the league is always very challenging. But we have a great group of girls, and they are willing to learn and do everything we ask of them.”


Head coach: Hattie Caruso

Last year’s record: 4-13

Key losses: Julianna Leco

Key returners: Jocelyne Vazquez, Jackie Rocha, Courtney Colorusso, Banessa Flores

Outlook: GAR will have a new leader at the helm as Hattie Caruso takes over for Deanna Roulinavage. Caruso, though, will have plenty back from last year. “I am proud of the girls, and I think we look strong during our practices,” Caruso said. “Plus, we still have a pretty young team and we can continue to develop those girls. Our goal is to, hopefully, improve every day and improve on last season.”

Hanover Area

Head coach: Bill Kane

Last year’s record: 2-15

Key losses: Kim Ozmini, Amanda Fuller

Key returners: Cheyenne Fine, Olivia Fedor

Outlook: “We struggled last year with that 2-15 record,” Kane said. “But we had a really strong camp, and we have a good group of girls that built that chemistry. We still have a lot of work to do, but our main goal is to improve on last season. If we can come together, I know we can do that.” Kane, though, will have to replace two key players off last year’s team in Kim Ozmini and Amanda Fuller.

Hazleton Area

Head coach: Greg Cechak

Last year’s record: 9-8

Key losses: Devin Motel

Key returners: Christie Kaschak, Maggie Bono, Katie Landis, Julia Rudenko

Outlook: While the Cougars have a first-year head coach in Greg Cechak, Hazleton Area returns a wealth of talent and experience, and could be one of the dark horses in the Wyoming Valley Conference. Back is senior hitter Katie Landis, and senior setter Christie Kaschak. Combine those with hitter Alivia Roberts and libero Maggie Bono, and the Cougars could have all the makings of a solid 2013 season.

Holy Redeemer

Head coach: Jack Kablick

Last year’s record: 17-0

Key losses: Sarah Warnagiris, Sydney Kotch, Biz Eaton

Key returners: Nicole Slavoski, Alyssa Platko, Casey Carty

Outlook: When you look at Wyoming Valley Conference volleyball, you start at the top and that’s Holy Redeemer, winners of 100-plus straight conference games. Again, expect the Royals to be at the top of the conference again in 2013, despite losing hard-hitter and conference MVP Sarah Warnagiris. “We have to replace three really talented girls, and that’s going to be tough,” Kablick said. “We need to develop early in the season, and hopefully, build momentum throughout.”


Head coach: Kevin Koziol

Last year’s record: 11-6

Key losses: Bethany Williams

Key returners: Maria Chinikaylo, Amy Williams, Brittany Acevado

Outlook: Another dark horse in the conference is Lake-Lehman, a senior-laden team that finished with an 11-6 record in 2012. While the Knights lost hitter Bethany Williams, Koziol returns almost his entire starting rotation. “We lost some pretty tough games last season,” he said. “When you have an experienced team, it does make it tough. You have to nitpick on things and refine little things. Right now, we have expectations for a strong season.”


Head coach: Mary Mushock

Last year’s record: 5-12

Key losses: Katlynn Santana, Summer Barrouk, Brandilee Soto

Key returners: Angela Moses, Vichon Wilborn

Outlook: “Last year didn’t go as planned for us,” fourth-year head coach Mary Mushock said as the Mohawks finished 5-12 last year. “We lost a lot off that team, and we don’t have a lot of experience coming into 2013. We are going to have to rely on our team chemistry. It will be tough in the beginning until we can get that experience, but we will continue to work hard every day.”

MMI Prep

Head coach: Shawn S. Evans

Last year’s record: 8-9

Key losses: Kirsten Young, Kayla Karchner, Ashmeen Baines

Key returners: Kristen Purcell, Paige Darrow, Alexis Williams, Sara Lucas, Hannah Lesitsky, Maria Carrato

Outlook: “We are looking forward to a great season,” said the fourth-year head coach, who will need to replace Young – MMI’s school MVP last season. “We have a four-year core group back that helped us reach our goal of again returning to district playoffs last season. There is renewed energy to obtain that goal again. We look forward to competing against teams again in the Wyoming Valley Conference.”


Head coach: Debbie Gavin

Last year’s record: 14-3

Key losses: Kayley Schinski, Allie Matulewski, Alexandra Brassington

Key returners: Taylor Briggs

Outlook: Coming off a 14-3 season, the long-time Nanticoke head coach knows the road ahead of her is challenging. Thanks to graduation of hard-hitters Kayley Schinski and Allie Matulewski, and setter Alex Brassington, the Trojans will have to rely on a young group of players – led by senior Taylor Briggs. “We are rebuilding,” Gavin said. “We have a lot of work to do. They are very coachable kids. We will take it one game at a time, and we’ll see what happens.”

North Pocono

Head coach: Chris Summa

Last year’s record: 14-3

Key losses: Kelli Bray

Key returners: Amanda Hall, Emily Cook, Mallory Mokay, Malorie Deschaine

Outlook: While the Lackawanna County school lost outside hitter Kelli Bray to graduation, don’t expect the Trojans to far too far back. Chris Summa returns three talented seniors in setter Amanda Hall, middle hitter Emily Cook and libero Mallory Mokay. “We continue to learn and improve each day, and hope our leadership can help us develop as a consistent program,” Summa said.

Pittston Area

Head coach: Danielle McAndrew

Last year’s record: 2-15

Key losses: Tiffany Smith

Key returners: Jackie Rabender, Kaitlyn Simyan, Irene Magdon

Outlook: Coming off a 2-15 season, one in which the Patriots lost senior leader Tiffany Smith, the Patriots are hoping to improve under Danielle McAndrew. While there are plenty of new faces on the roster, senior setter Jackie Rabender returns and should provide leadership on the court. The early-season schedule is demanding as the Patriots open up with Holy Redeemer and Nanticoke.


Head coach: Mic Goodwin

Last year’s record: 9-8

Key losses: Meghan Healy

Key returners: Erin Smith, Michelle Goodwin

Outlook: Veteran head coach Mic Goodwin returns at Tunkhannock where the Tigers are looking to build off a winning campaign in 2013. The team does return a good group of seniors in Michelle Goodwin, Sommer Gaydos, Erin Smith and Cailyn VanHouten, which provide valuable leadership. The schedule also sets up nice with Crestwood and Holy Redeemer at the end of the season.

Wyoming Area

Head coach: Nick Diaco

Last year’s record: 8-9

Key losses: Gabby Bohan, Kate Kross

Key returners: Mallory Bohan, Audrey Heidacavage, Samantha Acacio

Outlook: Nick Diaco takes over the Wyoming Area program after leading the Dallas’ boys’ volleyball team to the postseason in the spring. Even though the Warriors lost key players Gabby Bohan and Kate Kross, Diaco does have talent back. Samantha Acacio should be a good threat from the middle, while senior setter Audrey Heidacavage will provide a steady hand with the assists.

Wyoming Valley West

Head coach: R.J. Tomascik

Last year’s record: 6-11

Key losses: Gabby Gavonski, Ashley Temarantz

Key returners: Trudi Casier, Gavyn Giza, Sarah Fugate

Outlook: “Last year was new for everyone,” the WVW second-year head coach said. “We were able to come away with six victories, and we are hoping to build on that. We worked hard in the offseason, and we have raised our expectations heading into this season.” Much of that success will depend on hitters Gavyn Giza and Sarah Fugate, two talented juniors.

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