Cape-Atlantic League

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Coach: Kerry Flukey

2015 record: 22-11

What to watch: Junior captains Annalise Wagner, a middle hitter, and Adriana Gonzalez, a setter, are both three-year varsity players. The Braves won the CAL last season but lost six seniors. "This year is all about rebuilding and teaching our young players the game," Flukey said. "We are young and very inexperienced, but the younger girls have really stepped up."

Atlantic County Institute of Technology

Coach: Kevin Miller

2015 record: 6-14

What to watch: Senior outside hitter Samantha Kemmerer, junior setter Angelique Yarrow, and sophomore outside hitter/libero Alix Proctor will lead the Red Hawks. "As a second-year program, I hope to establish ourselves in the conference and be a more consistent team than we were last year," Miller said.

Cedar Creek

Coach: Brian Beck

2015 record: 11-10

What to watch: Junior outside hitter Annika Nelson and senior outside hitter Taryn Richardson will lead the Pirates' offense. Senior Julianna Snider will be a strong all-around player for Cedar Creek, while senior Gina Grunwald is a serving specialist. "This year, we have our best chance at making a run at the CAL," Beck said. "I only lost two seniors and have a nice group of players who moved up from JV last year."

Mainland Regional

Coach: Rick Martin

2015 record: 7-9

What to watch: Senior setter Julianna Keenan, junior outside/middle hitter Olivia Goff, and senior outside hitter Alyssa Nguyen will lead the Mustangs. Mainland lost four senior varsity players entering this season. "We are working hard to optimize our current talent," Martin said. "Our goals are to play to the best of our ability and to improve on our record from last year."

Middle Township

Coach: David Pacevich

2015 record: 3-15

What to watch: Junior captain Kayla Cubernot and Brianna Armstrong will both spend time at outside hitter. Sophomore Emma Guinane is a setter. "(Our) outlook for the season is to play sound volleyball and teach a team of newcomers the game and nurture sportsmanship," Pacevich said.

Oakcrest

Coach: Josh Miller

2015 record: 15-10

What to watch: Oakcrest has three returning varsity players. Senior setter Donna Tran, along with middle hitters Kelly Duffy, a senior, and sophomore Ionyiona Alves will lead the team. "I think we're pretty young, and we'll improve as the year goes on," Miller said.

Our Lady of Mercy Academy

Coach: Helen Shollenberger

2015 record: 14-9

What to watch: Sophomore Katie Burrichter and junior Morgan Hagerty will both spend time at setter. Sophomore Elena Anglani is being utilized in various hitting positions. "It's a rebuilding year," Shollenberger said. "We have a very young team coming up. My two setters are my anchors to bring consistency to our team."

Pleasantville

Coach: Jim Bucko

2015 record: 10-8

What to watch: The Greyhounds' roster features several players with multiple years of varsity experience. Seniors Jennifer Figueroa, Nyasia Fowlkes, Gisela Palomino, Ameena Walker, Gissela Sosa and Zayna Tulu will lead the team. "I have high expectations," Bucko said. "I think we can compete for the CAL this year."

St. Joseph

Coach: Karla Maisto

2015 record: 11-14

What to watch: Returning juniors Mackenzie Fabrico, a utility player, and setter/libero Samantha McGlynn will lead the Wildcats. Outside hitter Julianna Paolini and opposite hitter Claire Swift, both returning juniors, are two more standout players for St. Joseph.


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Barnegat

Coach: Karla Jennings

2015 record: 18-6

What to watch: Seniors Emma Lloyd and Tymera Crudup return to lead a Bengals team that made it to the quarterfinals of the Group II playoffs last season.

Lacey Township

Coach: Todd Serad

2015 record: 11-11

What to watch: Seniors Rebecca Bryant, Chelsea Howard, Danielle Powderley and Karlie Kuhn, along with junior Maggie Mahoney lead the Lions.

Southern Regional

Coach: Eric Maxwell

2015 record: 18-11

What to watch: Senior Olivia Maxwell moves to outside hitter after spending last season at setter. Libero Sabrina Woodlee, a junior, along with senior setter Haley Sprague are key returnees.

Pinelands Regional

Coach: Kathy Bennett

2015 record: 17-8

What to watch: Senior outside hitter Sydney Burke, junior outside hitter Carly Jannsch, junior setter Jessie Rising, junior defensive specialist Jillian Williams, and sophomore middle blocker Kayla Thornton will lead the Wildcats. "(We're a) third-year program that has a lot of young talent that looks to be one of the top competitors in the B-South Division after finishing second in the B-South division last year," Bennett said.

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Started at The Press in Aug. 2014. AC Weekly internship Summer of 2013.