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Berwick

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.”


Coughlin

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.


Crestwood

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.”


Dallas

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.”


GAR

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.”


Lake-Lehman

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.”


Meyers

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.”


Nanticoke

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.


Tunkhannock

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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