Coach: Stacey Taylor, 12th year.
2012: 11-12, 4-7 Midland Athletic League
Returning letterwinners: Juniors Becca Starn (MH, OH); Meghan Reiter (S, OH). Sophomores Olivia Zimmerman (OH, DS); Allie Rutter (MH, OH, S).
St. Wendelin Volleyball: (front, left) Celeste Taylor, Edy Mowrey, Aliecia Moran, Vanessa Taylor (middle) Sophia Volpe, Becca Starn, Meghan Reiter, Chloe Reiter, Mikayla Gilliland (back) Stacey Taylor, Olivia Zimmerman, Victoria Walter, Kamryn Troike, Allie Rutter, Hailee Burns, Jeff Underwood.
Others: Seniors Aliecia Moran (OH, DS); Edy Mowrey (OH, DS). Junior Chloe Reiter (S, OH). Sophomores Victoria Walter (OH, DS); Mikayla Gilliland (L, DS); Kamryn Troike (MH, OH). Freshmen Hailee Burns (OH, DS); Sophia Volpe (L, DS).
Outlook: Youth and inexperience will figure heavily into St. Wendelin's play this fall, but the Mohawks aren't without their advantages.
Sure, they only return four veterans - none of whom are seniors - and have a varsity that includes five sophomores and two freshmen, but the Mohawks have plenty with which to counter that.
That begins with depth.
There's competition all over the court, even at libero (rules limit a team to one designated libero per match, although the position can be switched between players between games in a match).
Rutter (152) and Meghan Reiter (198) return as setters after combining for the vast majority of the team's 423 assists, and they're being pushed by Chloe Reiter.
And all of the Mohawks can play more than one position, adding versatility.
"I've got a lot of options this year, as far as I'm trying to figure out who's going to play what position," Taylor said. "I've got a couple people neck and neck for one spot, a couple people neck and neck for another, so I'm really trying to figure it out."
Height, a rarity at St. Wendelin over the past several years, is also available.
Troike stands 6-2, Rutter is 5-10, Mowrey is 5-9 and Walter is 5-8. Add in a 5-6 leaper in Starn, and Taylor feels the Mohawks will be formidable at the net.
"I'm not used to having this much height," she said. "Usually we're 5-6 and under with maybe one tall girl, so I'm excited about that aspect."
But there's still some rebuilding to do.
Starn (33 kills, 14 assists, 81 solo blocks, 42 block assists, 143 total blocks, 10 digs), Zimmerman (10 aces, 51 kills, 4 assists, 3 solo blocks, 15 block assists, 18 total blocks, 55 digs), Rutter (20 aces, 67 kills, 46 solo blocks, 43 block assists, 89 total blocks, 28 digs) and Meghan Reiter (23 aces, 30 digs) account for the returning talent.
"The talent's there. They just need to come together as a team," Taylor said.
"I'm excited about these girls, they've got good talent," she said. "So far, from what I've seen, they're stepping up."