High school volleyball team previews
Published: Monday, August 25, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 6:54 p.m.
Position key: OH=outside hitter; MH=middle hitter; RS=right side; OPP=opposite hitter; S=setter; MB=middle blocker; DS=defensive specialist; L=libero
Coach: Jacque Robinson Huggins (2nd year)
District: 3-7A (Atlantic Coast, Fleming Island, Fletcher)
2013 record: 21-7 (district champions, regional quarterfinalists)
Returning starters: Kelly Collins, Sr., OH/L (sidelined with torn Achilles); Sydney Richeson, Jr., L; Kate Hellkamp, Jr., S; Imari Ashley, Sr., MB
Expected contributors: Eslie Nero, Jr., S/DS; Johnna Mantel, Jr., MB; Geena Schafer, Jr., MB; Sofia Reed, Jr., OH; Kandace Tice, Sr., OH/DS; Brittany Buchannon, Sr., RS/OH; Ashlynn Garcia, Sr., DS; Cassi White, Sr., DS; Kathryn Hall, Sr., DS
Season opener: Tuesday at Neptune Beach Fletcher, 6:30 p.m.
Note: Last year Bobcats lost to Oviedo in five sets in regional quarterfinals. The Lions went on to win the Class 7A state title.
Coach: Heather Benson (1st season)
District: 2-6A (Gainesville, Middleburg, Oakleaf, Orange Park)
2013 record: 11-12
Returning starters: Jara Courson, Sr., OH; Hanna Baker, Sr., S; Lacey King, Sr., DS; Grace Harry, Sr., RS; Hayes Fulford, Jr., MB; Madison Plyn, So., MB/OH
Expected contributors: Jazman Myers, Jr.; Alanis Koberlain, Sr.; Zoe Norris, Jr.; Morgan Hartopp, Sr.; Glendasha Johnson, Sr.
Season opener: Tuesday vs. Keystone Heights, 6 p.m.
Note: Benson previously coached at Suwannee in 2012-13
Coach: Eddie Maynard (4th year, 87-50 overall record)
District: 2-6A (Columbia, Middleburg, Oakleaf, Orange Park)
2013 record: 16-12 (district runner-up; regional semifinalists)
Returning starters: Kaelyn Nash, Jr., MB; Jennifer Rosado, Sr., RS; Morgan Forrest, Sr., L.; Kelcee Legrand, Sr., DS; Aubrey Woodley, Sr., OH
Expected contributors: Kyliee Carney, Sr., OH; Emily Watts, Jr., S; Ale Nossa, Jr., DS; Sydney Nash, So., MB/RS; Julia Kendall, Sr., MB; Misha Patz, Jr., S; Samantha Cousins, Fr., DS/OH
Season opener: Thursday vs. St. Francis, 7 p.m.
Note: In Eddie Maynard's previous three seasons, the 'Canes have reached at least the regional semifinals all three seasons, including the state semifinals in 2011, losing to state champion Tallahassee Leon.
Coach: Erin Maynard (2nd season)
District: 5-5A (Belleview, Lake Weir, North Marion)
2013 record: 11-17 (regional semifinals)
Returning starters: Heather Page, Sr., MB/OH; Maggie Carnes, Jr., MB/OH; Aaliyah Harris, Sr., L/DS; Tia Sewell, Sr., RS; Mekyala Williams, Jr., S
Expected contributors: Jasmin Brown, Sr., MB/OH; Katie Moss, Fr., OH
Season opener: Tuesday at Bell, 7 p.m.
Note: Rams lost to state finalist Belleview in four sets in the regional semifinals in 2013.
Coach: April Greene (1st season)
District: 2-5A (Rickards, Wakulla)
Returning starters: Savannah Laneave, So., OH; Hannah Mosley, Jr., MH/MB; Briana Shearer, Jr., S; Lily Wyche, Sr., OH; Molly Vogel, Sr., L
Expected contributors: Jaylin Roberts, Fr., MH/MB; Kailey Greene, Fr., OH; Haylee Deas, So., DS
Season opener: Tuesday vs. Lafayette, 6 p.m.
Fort White Indians
Coach: Becky Larson (1st season)
Returning starters: Bailey Robinson, OH; Arianna Hall, OH; Cheyenne Patterson, OH; Rykia Jackson; Elizabeth Morgan, DS; Ashley Cason, S
Expected contributors: Hannah May, OH; Brooke Johnson, OH; Jordan Waller, S; Desirae Roberts, OH
Season opener: Tuesday vs. Hamilton County, 6 p.m.
Coach: Tonya Hays (2nd season)
2013 record: 4-14
Returning starters: Kaedi Gillman, Jr., OH; Miranda Polk, Jr., MB; Hannah Pliska, Sr., L; Megan Lundy, Jr., OH/S; Sahara Richards, Sr., L/DS
Expected contributors: Cheyenne Walker, Jr., S; Jerrimae Bedenbaugh, So., MB
Season opener: Tuesday at Trenton, 6 p.m.
P.K. Yonge Blue Wave
Coach: Chad Davis (2nd season)
2013 record: 28-2 (regional finalists)
Returning starters: Ja'cara Walker, Jr., OH; Sammy Mueller, Jr., S; Gabby O'Connell, Jr., OH; Courtney Chappell, Sr., RS; Kiki Sermons, Jr., MB; Cameron Childs, Fr., DS/L; Jaq Mueller, 8th grade, DS/S
Expected contributors: Amanda Phegley, Fr., MB; Simone Harris, Fr., L
Season opener: Tuesday at Oviedo, 6:30 p.m.
Santa Fe Raiders
Coach: Paqui Peon (1st season)
District: 5-4A (Bradford, Fort White, Interlachen, Keystone Heights, P.K. Yonge)
2013 record: 17-11 (regional quarterfinals)
Returning starters: Meagan Irish, Jr., MB; Whitney Drost, Sr., OH; Haley McCollum, Sr., S; Ashton Marshall, Jr., L.; Kaylee Herring, Jr., OH; Caitlin Lander, Jr., OH
Expected contributors: Kathryn Forrester, Sr., RS (returns to Santa Fe after one year at St. Francis)
Season opener: Wednesday vs. Newberry, 6:30 p.m.
Oak Hall Eagles
Coach: Drew Schaeffer (1st season)
2013 record: 11-14
Returning starters: Alexis Perry, Sr., L.; Jillian Gibbs, Jr., MB; Megan Hess, Fr., RS; Morgan Mowery, So.,, MB; Peyton Ross, Jr., S; Savannah Clark, Sr., OH; Sky Martin, Sr., OH
Expected contributors: Ali Schackow, Jr., RS; Amanda Perry, Fr., S; Brooke Evans, Sr., DS; Caroline Werner, Jr., RS; Emily Wiechmann, So., DS; Morgan Gaston, So., DS
Season opener: Thursday at Eastside, 6:30 p.m.
Note: Schaeffer coached at Ocala West Port in 2012-2013 and replaced longtime coach Cari Martin.
St. Francis Wolves
Coach: Jesus Montalvo (1st season)
District: 3-3A (Oak Hall, St. Johns Country Day, St. Joseph)
2013 record: 27-4 (state semifinalists)
Returning starters: Audrey McNamara, Sr., OH; Grace Herrington, Sr., DS/S; Abby Benton, So., OH; Emily Herrington, Jr., MB
Expected contributors: Meghan Mitchell, So., S; Emily Brandis, So., RS/MB; Beohlein Smith, Fr., RS/MB; Madison Mazon, So., L/DS; Darya Rajaee, Fr., DS; Alexis Straffuss, Jr., MB
Season opener: Tuesday at The Rock, 6:30 p.m.
Note: Wolves made back-to-back state tournament appearances under former coach Nick Cheronis, named Santa Fe College's first volleyball coach. Montalvo coached at The Villages in 2012-2013
Coach: Lisa Barry (2nd season)
District: 6-1A (Bronson, Hawthorne, Hilliard, Trenton)
2013 record: 19-9 (regional finalists)
Returning starters: Baylee Rolling, Sr., S; Shelbie Hutto, Sr., OH; Ashton Mathews, Jr., MB; Katarina Kresovic, Sr., L; Ashley Williams, Sr., OH/DS; Raychel Thomas, Sr., S; Katelyn Blong, Sr., OH
Expected contributors: Cassidy Panchyshyn, Sr., Utility; Jori Waddle, Jr., MB; Ashley Pastuszek, Jr., DS
Season opener: Tuesday vs. Eastside, 7 p.m.
Note: Bulldogs lost to Hilliard in five sets in the regional finals in 2013. Bell last reached state tournament in 1995.
Coach: Sherrie Schuler (18th season)
Returning starters: Jasmine Parker, Sr., OH/S; Brittany Riley, Sr., MB; Jan Gonthier, Jr., OH; Allie Phillips, Jr., S/DS; Jenae Humble, Jr., DS; Crystal Short, Sr., RS
Expected contributors: Yelena Thomas, 8th grade, S/RS; Kaya Miller, Jr., RS/DS
First match: Today at Interlachen, 6 p.m.
Coach: Debra Weeks (2nd season)
2013 record: 12-12
Returning starters: Kira Telgen, Sr., MB; Lauren Parker, So., S
Expected contributors: Takiya London, So, MB; Sheila Engel, Jr., MB
First match: Today at The Rock, 6 p.m.
Note: Weeks previously coached at Chiefland from 2000-2006.
Dixie County Bears
Coach: Karen Durham (3rd season)
Returning starters: Katelyn VanAernam, Sr., S; Katie Jones, Jr., MB; Allie Rogers, Sr., OH; Brittany Mitchell, Sr., OH; Jessica Storey, Sr., MB
Expected contributors: Hannah Robson, Sr., L.; Tori Rollison, Sr., DS
First match: Tuesday vs. Taylor County, 6:30 p.m.
Coach: Sonya Land (7th year, 112-20)
District: 5-1A (Branford, Hamilton County, Jefferson County)
2013 record: 18-5 (district champion, lost to Bell in regional semifinals)
Returning starters: Haley Ellefson, Fr., OH; Bri Powe, Sr., MB; Kasey Edwards, Sr., RS; Ashley Freeman, L/DS
Expected contributors: Ciana Hill, So., MH; Lacey Swafford, Jr., OH
First match: Today vs. Williston, 6 p.m.
Note: Hornets won back-to-back state 1A titles in 2011 and 2012.
Coach: Sherrod Moseley (first season)
District: 7-1A (Chiefland, Dixie County, Union County, Williston)
2012 record: 17-12 (district runner-up, regional champion, state semifinals)
Returning starters: Kelsey Harris, Sr., OH; Sydney Daugherty, Sr., OH/MB; Mariah Sapp, Sr.., S; Marcey Cheramie, Jr., DS; Jessica Mackenzie, Jr., MH; Lexus McCray, So., RS; Grace Daugherty, So., MH
Expected contributors: Rebekah Denmark, Sr., DS; Megan Silcox, Sr., DS; Sydney Bates, So., RS; Mackenzie Grawcock, So., S; Cheyenne Marin, So., OH; Hannah Mackenzie, Fr., OH; Ashley Oelrich, Fr., OH
First match: Today vs. Trenton, 6:30 p.m.
Note: Newberry reached its first state tournament in 2013, one year after winning its first playoff match in 2012.
Coach: Lynsey Grant (2nd season)
Returning starters: Ginger Deen, Jr., OH/MB; Kylah Dawson, Sr., S; Kacee Langford, Sr., DS
Expected contributors: Standrea McHenry, 8th grade, OH/MB; Summer Sanchez, Jr., OH; Jaycee Thomas, So., DS; Carleigh Hartzog, Jr., OH/MB
First match: Today at Newberry, 6:30 p.m.
Union County Tigers
Coach: Trudy Andrews (7th year, 92-55)
2012 record: 17-8
Returning starters: Kayla Andrews, Sr., OH; Tristyn Southerland, Sr., OH; Lilly Combs, Sr., S; Kaylan Tucker, Jr., MB
Expected contributors: Devin Lewis, So., RS; Madelyn Kish, Fr., MB; Madison Adams, Fr., RS
First match: Today at Crescent City, 6 p.m.
Williston Red Devils
Coach: Anthony Dacanay (first season)
2013 record: 20-7 (district champion, regional finals)
Returning starters: Shabree Porter, Sr., MB/OH; Megan Dixon, Sr., S/OH
Expected contributors: Samantha Barwick, Sr., MB; Ashley Robinson, Sr., DS; Kay Graham, Jr., DS/L.; Cole Bullock, Jr., OH/DS; Skylar Munden, Jr., S; Sarah Smith, So., RS/S; Arena Acree, Fr., OH/RS; Kayce Kavanaugh, Fr., OH
First match: Today at Lafayette, 6 p.m.
Note: Dacanay replaced Kim Nivala, who led the Red Devils to the regional finals, losing in five sets to Newberry. Williston last reached state in 1998.
Cornerstone Academy Cougars
Coach: Bob Nicols (1st season)
District: Florida Christian Athletic League
2013 record: 13-11
Returning starters: None
Expected contributors: Hannah Grooms, L; Jessica Higginbotham, MB; Ann Marie Herrera, OH
First match: Today at Palatka Peniel Baptist, 6 p.m.
All home matches played at Westside Family Life Center
Note: Nicols replaces longtime coach Stephanie Wyatt, who now coaches at The Rock.
The Rock Lions
Coach: Stephanie Wyatt (1st season)
2013 record: 23-8
Returning starters: Allie Card, Sr., OH; Maddie Fletcher, So., OH; Chaeli Norwood, So., DS/L
Expected contributors: Madison Wyatt, Sr., S; Bri Smith Hines, Sr., MB; Megan Read, Sr., MB/OH
First match: Today vs. Chiefland, 6 p.m.