2022 High School Girls’ Volleyball Preview for SouthCoast

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Expectations are high for SouthCoast volleyball teams as some seek to compete for conference titles and Old Rochester is in the midst of defending its division. 3 state championship from a year ago.

Here’s a look at the nine SouthCoast teams entering 2022:

APPONEQUET

The Head Coach: Meg Giammalvo

Record from last year: 9-13

Top Feedback: Samantha Dingee, Sr., MH; Rebecca DiClement, Sr., S; Lacie Nolin, Sr., L; Elizabeth Ashley, Sr., DS; Caitlin Gleavy, Jr., Mr.

Main newcomers: Sophia Kyranos, Sr., DS; Eva Zuber, Jr., Ohio; Sofia Olivieri, Jr., DS; Adriana Graca, Jr., S; Lila Nielsen, So., OP.

Outlook: With a good core of returning players and a few newcomers, the Lakers are looking to make another playoff trip after reaching the knockout stages last season. “We have a great number of comebacks and the chemistry is really high,” Giammalvo said. “I tell my girls, ‘I take it day by day and game by game. Be better than you were yesterday. Continuously work on our weaknesses until they are no longer our weaknesses.

Ali James gets the ball over the net for Bishop Stang

BISHOP STANG

The Head Coach: Amanda Tarantelli

Record from last year: 9-11

Top Feedback: Mae Lima, Sr., Ohio; Lilly Manning, Jr., Ohio; Ali James, Jr., MH; Annalize Lough, Sr., DS; Surprising Lilly, Jr., S; Darian Dias, So., L.

Main newcomers: Olivia Mlynek, So., MH; Gwenn Peckham, Sr., DS; Maddy Rock, Jr., RS.

Outlook: Even though the Spartans retired seven players from last year’s playoff squad, they are returning several key players and are aiming to win the Catholic Central League title after finishing in fifth place last fall. . “The returning six are so strong and so motivated,” Tarantelli said. “Our goal is to win the conference. We don’t let go. They have come together faster than they have come together in the past. Look for big things net from Lima, Manning and James.

Dartmouth's Lauren Augusto hits the shot over the shoulder to keep the ball in play.

DARTMOUTH

The Head Coach: Rachel Lasse

Record from last year: 17-4

Top Feedback: Ava Crane, Sr., Ohio; Lauren Augusto, Sr., S; Gaby Velazquez, Jr., OH/L; Brooke Davis, Jr., OH.

Main newcomers: Adeline Ablett, Jr., MH; Haley Jenkins, Jr., MH; Erynn Jasprro, Sr., RS; Olivia Arruda, Jr., DS; Madison Goldizen Jr., DS; Sofia Dias, Sr., DS; Lexi Nicolosi, Sr., DS.

Outlook: There are high hopes for Dartmouth with an experienced and talented squad looking to win their third consecutive Southeastern Conference title and make some noise in the playoffs. “We’re looking to reach our full potential,” Lassey said, noting Dartmouth lost in the Elite 8 last year. “We’re a veteran side. A lot of those girls played for me last year. We’ve already gelled Ava (Crane) starts from year one Lauren (Augusto) has taken over the setter position and does it with ease Our defense is keeping us alive against some of our competitive opponents Dartmouth have added Oliver Ames to the schedule, which also includes non-league games against defending Division 3 State champion Old Rochester and 2021 Div. 3 State runner-up Dennis-Yarmouth. “We want to challenge ourselves in the regular season,” Lassey said. “We want the girls to prepare for the long haul.”

Abby Thomas hits the ball for Fairhaven.

FAIRHAVEN

The Head Coach: Tara Costa

Record from last year: 12-7

Top Feedback: Abby Thomas, Sr., OH; Laura Hubert, Sr., MH; Kate Magalhaes, Sr., Ohio; Shealynn Dorschied, Sr., L.

Main newcomers: Danica Andersen, Jr., M; Abbey Lopes, Sr., S; Ava Bissonnette, Jr., S.

Outlook: The Blue Devils have graduated nine, including Standard-Times Super Teamer Sarah DeSousa and All-Star Rylee Botelho, but Costa has faith in his returning players. “We have a good group of seniors this year who were in the squad last year and have experience,” she said. “Our incoming juniors this year are also very strong. We have a very complete team and a more balanced attack. The Blue Devils will run a six-two to add more striking options as they make a run for the SCC title. “I think we have tons of potential to go far and do well in our conference,” Costa said.

GNB Voc-Tech's Layna Ross goes for the crossfire.

GNB VOC-TECH

The Head Coach: Erika Vassal

Record from last year: 11-11

Top Feedback: Lilly Misay, Sr., L; Elle McCormack, So., S; Layna Ross, Jr., M; Moriah Baptista, Sr., RS; Morgan Teves, So., Ohio; Koral Medeiros, Sr., DS; Riley Raposa, Sr., M.

Key Newcomer: Averi Santos, So., OH.

Outlook: The Bears have the skills, knowledge and experience to make some noise this year. The key to success for Voc-Tech is mental toughness. “It will depend on our mental game. They have to believe what they are capable of,” Vassal said. “Positionally, we have a lot of kids who have played a lot of volleyball. They have a decent IQ and are able to move things around when needed. I am delighted with this team. They could do very well.

New Bedford's Nellyanee Medina Santiago Digs Dartmouth Service.

NEW BEDFORD

The Head Coach: Jeff Longo

Record from last year: 5-14

Top Feedback: Hannah Pereira, Sr., Ohio; Mari MacMaster, Sr., M: Ava MacMaster, Sr., M; Nelly Medina, Sr., S; Annabelle Houston, Jr., Ohio; Beatriz Almeida, Sr., L; Aliana Areias, Sr., OH/OP; Maria Oliveira, Jr., DS.

Key Newcomer: Lily Gonet, So., S.

Outlook: The Whalers are looking to turn things around this year after winning just five games in 2021 and they have the talent and experience to do so. Longo fires several players who should make an impact this season with Pereira, a senior outside hitter, leading the charge at the net while the MacMaster sisters will look to dominate the middle. To create more attacking opportunities, New Bedford plan to set up a six-two with both Medina and Gonet.

ANCIENT COLONY

The Head Coach: Lauren McGowen

Record from last year: 0-19

Top Feedback: Samantha Tavares, Sr., S; Allison Bumpus, Sr., OH; Arianna Ribeiro, Sr., RS; Ambra Arsenault, Sr., L; McKenna Benoit, Jr., Ohio; Jessie Anderson, Sr., L; Logan Crook, So., Ohio.

Main newcomers: Aylssa Couto, Jr., S; Kelly Quin, So., M; Madison Laughlin, Jr., RS; Morgan Berry, Sr., M; Alyssa Souza, Sr., Ohio.

Outlook: After going winless in 2021, the Cougars are looking to rebuild this fall and have a good core of returning players to do so. “A lot of players have been moved to new positions and the team is running a new rotation,” said McGowen, first-year head coach at Old Colony. “The Cougars have worked hard over the past two weeks and are looking forward to a great and successful season.”

Old Rochester's Ella Soutter mounts the kill.

OLD ROCHESTER

The Head Coach: jimmy oliveira

Record from last year: 23-2

Top Feedback: Aubrie Letourneau, So., S; Ella Soutter, Sr., OH: Kamryn Rodrigues, Jr., OH; Emma Van Ness, Sr., DS; Reagan Rock, Sr., Mr.

Main newcomers: Ava Vander Pol, Fr., RS; Cami Van Ness, So., OH/DS; Jocelyn Pires, So., M; Caroline Brogioli, So., DS; Arielle Troupe, Jr., M; Hannah Eaton, So., DS; Tara Goldman, Jr., RS; Rylee Kouta, Jr., S; Aurora Hayden, Jr., RS; Alyssa Vieira, Jr., DS.

Outlook: The Bulldogs, back-to-back South Coast Conference champions, will look a little different this fall as they defend their Div. 3 state championship from 2021 without the likes of Standard-Times Player of the Year Maggie Brogioli and Super Teamers Sally Butler and Kenna Soucy “We’re going to be pretty young this year,” Oliveira said. “We have three seniors and a returning junior. Last year we had a lot of experience and power. This year, we certainly don’t have the power, but we have other assets. We focus on playing fast and having a lot of movement in attack. Oliveira hopes that by playing a tough non-league schedule that includes Dartmouth, Westfield, Dennis-Yarmouth and Tewkesbury, ORR will be able to make another deep playoff run. “Our goal is to return to the state championship,” Oliveira said. “I don’t see them as young players because they are playing in the offseason. I want to push them during the season. I know they have the potential to hang on to all these teams.

WAREHAM

The Head Coach: Allyson Collette

Record from last year: N / A

Top Feedback: Fredi Gakidis, Sr., M; Zora Andrews, So., Ohio; Marian Karam, Sr., OH/OP; Julia McDuffy, Jr., Ohio.

Main newcomers: Evie Francis, So., M; Riley Florindo, So., L; Olivia Lacava, Fr., S; Hannah Milne, So., OP.

Outlook: With just two seniors, the Vikings are young as they seek to develop their program under Collette, a first-year head coach, after they failed to win a game in 2021. “We have a young team, but they are loud and they encourage each other,” Collette said. “They have pretty good energy. We just have to put everything in place. Four of Wareham’s projected six starters are either freshmen or sophomores.

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