Coach: Krissy Lotycz, second season.
2012: 10-12, 6-5 MAL.
Returning letterwinners: Seniors Courtney Burns (MH/Setter); Kassie Shaver (OH); Kassie Welly (Lib.). Juniors Shelbi Sauber (Setter/OH). Sophomore Tiana Opp (OH).
Hopewell-Loudon volleyball: (front, left) Kassie Shaver, Courtney Burns, Kassie Welly (middle) Morgan Searles, Sierra Beers, Marissa Shaver, Haeleah Williams, Hailey Schroeder, Makenzie Bouillon, Emma Kirby (back) Elaine DiCesare, Astacia Richardson, Alexis Feindel, Baleigh Searles, Hannah Williams, Shelbi Sauber, Michelle Welly, Brooke Arbogast, Tiana Opp, Krissy Lotycz.
Others: Freshmen Brooklyn Arbogast (MH); Alexis Feindel (OH); Baleigh Searles (DS); Michelle Welly (DS).
Outlook: A good deal of Hopewell-Loudon's success this season will likely depend on the development of the team's freshmen. Four freshmen are likely to see significant varsity time, but Lotycz feels there is a lot of talent in the group.
"I think freshman-wise, they'll add a lot of talent for us," she said. "A lot of the freshmen played club volleyball and there is a lot of athleticism in that class.
"There will be times the inexperience will show, they'll have their fair share of freshmen mistakes. Our upperclassmen will have to be patient working with them, getting up to the level expected on varsity. So far they've been doing a great job taking them under their wing."
One senior that will be relied upon heavily is Burns, who returns after being among the MAL leaders a year ago with 241 kills.
"She's going to determine our success based on her performance and motivation out of the middle," Lotycz said. "She will contribute so much for us offensively and defensively. She's been willing to step up to the challenge and accept her role to carry us and get us to where we want to be."
Burns is also going be looked at to handle a lot of the setting duties as well.
"Courtney has amazing hands, she can put the ball right on the money," Lotycz said. "She's smart enough to read the floor and knows when to mix it up. She likes to take control; she's willing to step up and take control and be the quarterback of the team. She's so versatile and so athletic. She's able to play defense and she's able to set the ball."
Shaver contributed 133 kills for the Chieftains last year and Lotycz will be looking to her for more this season.
"She's growing to become an all-the-way-around player," Lotycz said. "As a hitter, and a full-time varsity member, she'll have a lot of weight on her shoulders."
Lotycz will also be looking for a lot of offense out of Sauber, whom she describes as being "very explosive. She can attack out of nowhere."
A lot of the defense at the net will led by Opp, from whom Lotycz is expecting big things.
"We'll look to her to shut down their No. 1 hitter and be our primary blocker on right side," Lotycz said. "She's developing her swing but she's got the ability where she can shut down people's offenses."