Press-Republican

December 9, 2008

Eagles soaring in volleyball


Northern Adirondack and Plattsburgh High School shared the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference volleyball crown last season by both going 15-1.

Both the Bobcats and Hornets, however, lost their share to graduation and other teams, most notably Section VII Division I champion Beekmantown, will be looking to try and overtake the two league powers this season.

AuSable Valley

The Patriots (5-11) will have more size at the net than in past years.

Junior Shiloh Bourgeois' hitting is stronger this season and junior libero Alexandra Hoey led the team in every category last year and will lead the defense.

Sophomores Emily Miller and Kelly McBreairty also return as starters, while newcomers Amanda Hamilton, Karissa Fuller and Kaitly Sousis are vying for starting spots.

The team is young and needs to become more aggressive and hungry for the ball.

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Players lost

Phalon Nolan, Meghan McBreairty, Baylee Turner.

Players returning

Alexandra Hoey, Shiloh Bourgeois, Emily Miller, Kelly McBreairty.

Newcomers

Amanda Hamilton, Karissa Fuller, Kaitlyn Sousis, Chelsea Lawrence, Caitlin Bugbee, Kyla Kennedy, Chelsea Herman, Maureen Myers.

Beekmantown

The Eagles (12-4) are coming off a strong season and are expected to be a title contender.

Beekmantown is still a fairly young team, with only three seniors -- middle hitter Rosilyn Cummings, middle/outside hitter Hilllary Sponable and outside hitter Kelley Lucia -- on the roster.

Outside hitter Lauren Gonyea, libero Kelsey Barnes, setter Brittany Lapham and outside hitter Erin Munro are the four juniors on a 12-player team.

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Players lost

Not available.

Player roster

Stephanie Clookey, Krysten Koktowski, Colleen Bradley, Jenna Brault, Alissa Momot, Erin Munro, Brittany Lapham, Kelsey Barnes, Lauren Gonyea, Rosilyn Cummings, Hillary Sponable, Kelley Lucia.

Northeastern Clinton

The Cougars (5-11) have an experienced group of seniors and some talented underclassmen in hopes of being competitive with the league powers.

NCCS returns nine players in all, including seven seniors in middle blockers Alexis Wrye, Catherine Dietsche, Christiana Passino and Tessa Rogers, along with outside hitter Ashley Dibernardo, and Meaghan Langr and Brooke Surprenant.

Juniors Ayisha Loya and setter Alyssa Rabideau also return to the varsity.

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Players lost

Jessica Goodine, Rachael Everleth, Michelle Yakey.

Players returning

Alyssa Rabideau, Christiana Passino, Tessa Rogers, Ashley Dibernardo, Alexis Wrye, Catherine Dietsche, Brooke Surprenant, Meaghan Langr, Ayisha Loya.

Newcomers

Ashley Goyette, Dakota Prue, Elena Sanchez-Freeman.

Northern Adirondack

The Bobcats (15-1) got hit as hard as anyone by graduation.

Only three players return off last year's team and NAC will use defense as a strength to make up for an offense that is not as strong as in previous seasons.

Senior outside hitters Chelsea Warick and Sarah Brunell return from last year, along with senior setter Amanda Filion, and all three will start.

Varsity newcomers expected to start include Jordyn Danforth, Chelcie Trombly and Stephanie Love. The Bobcats, however, are young and lack experience.

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Players lost

Sarah Trudo, Ali Geeene, Heather Byron, Amanda Byron, Jenna Brunell, Beth Trombley, Emily Snide, Kristen Relation, Hilary Boyea.

Players returning

Chelsea Warick, Sarah Brunell, Amanda Filion.

Newcomers

Jordyn Danforth, Kara Perry, Chelcie Trombly, Paige Magoon, Mandy Weiner, Stephanie Love, Amber Cayea, Emily Garrand, Sara Williams, Bethany Drown.

Peru

The Indians (2-14) will have a new look this season with nine varsity newcomers on a 12-player roster.

Peru expects to get good senior leadership from its three returning seniors. Abby Fordham will supply strong setting, Jenna Lafountain defense and Megan Wyand offense.

The Indians will count on depth from the newcomers that include a senior, five juniors, one sophomore and two freshmen.

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Players lost

Rebecca Osbourne, Sarah Eilers, Katie Rendinaro, Ashley St. Germaine, Connie Mandeville.

Players returning

Megan Wyand, Abby Fordham, Jenna Lafountain.

Newcomers

Sarah Banker, Jenn Beauter, Jillian Kowalowski, Chelsea Johnson, Ashley Kaczmarczyk, Abby Higgins, Samantha Banker, Melaney Boudreau, Ayaka Abe.

Plattsburgh

The Hornets (15-1) got hit pretty hard by graduation, including league Most Valuable Player Kelly Wehrenberg.

PHS, however, has a lot of its offense returning and also has one of its tallest teams in recent memory.

Putting it together at the net and developing good team chemistry will be key.

Senior middle blocker Kayla Hoopes and senior outside hitter Hannah Emery return as starters. Other returning players expected to start are seniors Carly Fisher, Ashley Rebideau and Josella Gist, along with junior Ashley Menard.

Of the newcomers to the team, junior setter Brittany Bracale and senior outside hitter Roshell Gist are vying for starting spots.

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Players lost

Kelly Wehrenberg, Alicia Stanton, Chelsea Corral, Kelsey Conroy, Kristin Varano, Mia Queguiner, Elle Rathbun.

Players returning

Kayla Hoopes, Hannah Emery, Carly Fisher, Ashley Rebideau, Ashley Menard, Josella Gist.

Newcomers

Brittany Bracale, Roshell Gist, Jenny Phillips, Courtney Hemingway, Olivia Harrigan.

Saranac

The key to success for the Chiefs (9-6) will be strong serving, improved defense and improved offensive skills.

Four seniors return, including two starters in libero Jamie Frenyea and outside hitter Kayla Nason.

Fellow seniors -- outside hitter Melissa Doherty, defensive specialists Sam Finizio and Victoria Hutti, and middle blocker Alysha Keller -- are also expected to start.

Setters Rachel Leitsch and Kim Plumadore are the varsity newcomers looking to move into the starting line-up on a team that needs to overcome a lack of height.

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Players lost

Mary Farnsworth, Lisa Joy, Brittany Roberts, Roshell Gist, Josella Gist.

Players returning

Melissa Doherty, Sam Finizio, Jamie Frenyea, Victoria Hutti, Alysha Keller, Kayla Nason.

Newcomers

Mary Blair, Jacqueline Bowen, Molly Bowen, Catlin Furnia, Kelli Jock, Rachel Leitsch, Kim Plumadore, Brianna Olsen.

Saranac Lake

The Red Storm (4-12) return three senior starters, including Heleni Kuma, who will be key in the team's success.

Seniors Harley Wilson and Erin Miner also return as starters.

Five newcomers have been added, with Naomi Connors, Brittany Gardner, Hannah Molloy and Courtney Sullivan potential starters.

Believing in themselves and the talent they have is a concern heading into the season.

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Players lost

Ashlee Kuma, Jessica Suojanen, Ruth Connors, Katie Finnegan, Lilliam Holmes, Veronique Parker (injured).

Players returning

Heleni Kuma, Emily Lennon, Harley Wilson, Erin Miner.

Newcomers

Naomi Connors, Brittany Gardner, Hannah Molloy, Courtney Sullivan, Lillee Tissot.