GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
BI SHOP EUSTACE CRUSADERS
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Senior Katy Storti will look to pull off a rare feat this fall as she attem pts to win her fourth straight sectional title. She made it three in a row last year with a time of 18:45 and went on to place third at sta tes and 36th at the Meet of Champions. Storti, who also took second at the Olympic Conference meet, is not alone at the front of the pack. Strong runners behind her include senior Clare Morelli and junior Rachel Orr, who both placed in the top 10 at sectionals and the top 20 at the conference meet. Seniors Suzanne Picciano and Teresa Faust were in the top 20 at sectionals and other returners are seniors Christina Arnold and Maria Elena Johnson, junior Anastasia Barnett and sophomores Sofia Milone and Charlotte Gottilla.
OUTLOOK: The Crusaders, who took second at sectionals and ninth at states last year, have the potential to contend in those meets this season and it will be excit ing to see how Storti ends her memorable career.
CAMDEN CATHOLI C FIGHTING IRISH
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Camden Catholic brings back its top four ru nners from last season, including senior Kim Powers, who was the team’s best finisher at sectionals in 10th place and states in 35th. She w ill have company at the front of the pack in senior Annie Miles, who set the pace for the Irish in the Camden County and Olympic Conference meets and went on to take 12th at sectionals and 41st at states. Juniors Natalie Wisnoski and Breanne Nunn were consistent throughout t he season and round out the top four. Senior Judith Okwamba, junior Sierra DiCupe and promising freshman Emma Shannon are newcomers expected to have an impact.
OUTLOOK: Behind the solid one-two punch of Powers and Miles, the Irish have a chance to move up several spots at th e major races and hope to continue closing the gap between themselves and conference powers Bishop Eustace and Paul VI.
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Junior Kate Rathm an emerged as Cherokee’s clear-cut N o. 1 runner as a sophomore and should be even better as an upperclassman. H er accomplish ments included a fifth-place finish at sectionals and a 10th at states before competing at the Meet of Champions. She also t ook second in Burlington County and third in the Oly mpic Conference and will be aiming for an individual title this season. Junior Riley G leason is another tough competitor who placed 18th in the county and 21st in the conference, while junior Alyssa Blackmon rounds out the solid top three. Juniors Angela Arnett, Catherine Wrightson, Emma DellaFemina and Chloe Pasquarello also hope to contribute. New runners who could be a factor are junior Jaden Sweely, sophomores Adriana Sommese and Meghan Carroll and freshmen Noelle Falzone and Nicole Clifford.
OUTLOOK: The Chiefs took fourth at sectionals in 2017—five spots better than the year before—to go with a second in the county and a t hird in the conference. Expect Rathman to lead the way to more success this fall.
CHERRY HI LL EAST COUGARS
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Senior Sarah Pie rce has high hopes for her final season at Cherry Hill East and will again lead the pack for the Cougars. A sectional champion two years ag o, she placed seventh in 2017 and followed it up with a 34th at states. Pierce, who also took ninth at the Olympic Conference meet, has support from senior Dani Lazarus. A talented veteran, Lazarus finished 23rd at the conference championships. Juniors Emily Finnegan and Aliza Kotzen are other experienced returners and a pair of sophomores, Isabel Slimmand Tabitha DiDonato, showed promise as rookies. Seni ors Larina Fu, Erin Krassan and Sarah Brown will also contribute.
OUTLOOK: The Cougars had top-10 showings at the Camden County, Oly mpic Con ference and sectional meets last y ear and figure to be in the mix at those races again, with Pierce hoping to earn an individual title or two.
CHERRY HI LL WEST LIONS
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Cherry Hill West graduated No. 1 runner Keller Bean and three other members of the top seven, but is excited to build around junior Cameron Wright. As a sophomore, Wright took 21st at sectionals and 16th at the Camden County meet, and her times should only get better as an upperclassman. Senior Mirasha Williamson is another strong competitor who placed 23rd at sectionals and 21st in the county. Senior Elizabeth Santana rounds out the top three, and junior Sophie Ungerleider is looking to step u p as well.
OUTLOOK: The Lions’ achieve- ments in 2017 included fifthplace finishes at sectionals and the county meet, and they hope to be c ompetitive again if they develop some depth behind their returners.
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Clearview graduated its top two run ners and will need somebody to emerge at the front of the pack. A strong candidate is sophomore Katherine Byrne, who placed 12th at th e Tri-County Conference meet, 21st at the Gloucester County meet and also had a solid showing at sectionals. Senior Gabrielle Beske-So mers is another talented returner who placed in the top 20 at the county and conference meets. Junior Kyra Borodin and senior Colleen Doyl e round out the top four and several newcomers hope to crack the lineup.
OUTLOOK: The Pioneers always seem to be in contention at the cou nty and conference races—they took second at both again last year—and they also placed seventh at sectionals. Despite a new core taking c ontrol of the team, expect the winning tradition to continue.
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Morgan Bromley did not waste any time establishing herself as a strong competitor last year as a freshman. Her best finish was a fourth a t the Camden County meet, a nd she also placed 19th at t he Olympic Conference meet and 26t h a t sectional s . She hopes to pos t ev en better times as a sophomore. Junior Kierstin Clem and sophomores Ariana Tait, Sierra Feeney and Lauren Baldosaro a re other promising returners . Kristaileen Quinones, Lindsay Kleeman and Emma Gubman look to provide senior leadership. Junior Samantha Tighe and sophomore Kayla James a re newcomers who s hou l d ha v e a n immediate impact.
OUTLOOK: The Vikings showed progress at the big races last year, taking fourth in the county and ninth in the conference. With a young co re in place, they hope to keep making strides.
GLOUCESTER CATHOLIC RAMS
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Senior Mia Simila has been th e top runner for Glouc ester Cath olic the last two years and hopes to end her career on a high note. She was the Rams’ best finisher in the Tri-County Conferen ce, sectional and state meets in 201 7 and expects to significantly lower her times th is season. Senior Lauren Young is another experienced runner hoping to make progress. Freshmen Libby Dockett and Erin Walton are both moving up from Gloucester Cath olic Junior High and sh ou ld h ave an immediate impact. Genna Williams and Meredith Colton are oth er rookies looking to leave th eir mark.
OUTLOOK: The Rams are optimistic the program can improve this season and Simila is capable of making noise at the big races.
HADDONFI ELD BULLDAWGS
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Haddonfield sh owed off a terrific fresh man class last year and th ose soph omores h ave raised th e bar for th is season. The group includes Payton Weiner and Allison Colflesh, who took turns leading the pack last year. Weiner set the pace at the Camden County and Colonial Confer ence meets, taking second in each , and went on to place fourth at sectionals and 18th at states. Colflesh was third at both the count y and conference meets and led the Bulldawgs with a third at sectionals before taking 25th at states. Sh e was also th e team’s best finisher at the Meet of Champions. Other standout sophomores are Lindsay Colflesh, who placed eighth at the county, conference and sectional races, and Olivia Stoner, wh o finished ninth in the conference and 11th at sectionals. Junior Lilly Sirover is another top returner w h o placed in the top 10 at three major meets, and other talented juniors are Samantha Stadler and Katherine Rice. Sophomore Georgia Nussey ran solid times during h er first outdoor track season in the spring and could be an impact runner as well.
OUTLOOK: The Bulldawgs made it eight straight sectional championships last year and placed second at states, and there’s every reason to expect similar results in 2 018.
KI NGSWAY DRAGONS
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Lauren Krott’s terrific junior season included runner-up finishes at both the sectional and Tri-Count y Conference meets as she clocked in under 19 minutes both times. She also placed third at the Gloucester County meet and while she didn’ t have her best performance at states, she bounced back strong at the Meet of Champions and took 34th. Krott is poised for a big senior s eason and will have plenty of help from her teammates. Junior Allie Pierontoni took fourth in the county, fifth in the conference and 16th at sec- tionals. Sophomore Ashlynne Burke seemed to get better and better as the season wore on, placing fifth in the county, fourth in th e conference, 13th at sectionals and 32nd at states. Sydney Watts and Caleigh Kupniewski are other sophomores who showed potential as rook ies. OUTLOOK: The Dragons have been on quite a roll lately, with three straight county, conference and sectional championships on their ré sumé. They also placed fifth at states and second at the Meet of Champions in 2017, then finished second at the N ike Northeast Championsh ips to become the first girls team in South Jersey history to qualify for the Nike National Championships in Portland, Oregon. They shou ld be contenders at the major races again this fall.
RUNNERS TO WATCH: The top four runners all graduated so Lenape will l ook much different at the front of the pack. Senior Hayley Conway should be one of the top competitors this year after consistent showing s at the Burlington County, Olympic Conference and sectional races last fall. Erin Scioli is another key senior and juniors expected to h ave an impact are Abigail Skidmore and Rebecca Thomas. Senior Shelby Whetstone, a track standout, is also expected to contribute along wi th varsity newcomers Nicole Ficken and Krisha Mahajan, both juniors.
OUTLOOK: The Indians’ 2017 campaign included top-five performances at the county and conference meets and a ninth at sectionals. They hope to remain competitive with a new lineup.
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Kate Inglis’ dynamite rookie campaign included an individ- ual championship at the Burlington County Sch olastic League meet with a time of 18:55. She also placed sixth in the Burlington County Open, seventh at sectionals and 24th at states and has high hopes for her sophomore season. Senior Katie Goettle finished 24th at sectionals and is another key returner, while Anu Bezwada and Claire Bodine join Inglis as promising sophomores. Juniors Kylie Evoy and Rebecca Horn are also strong competitors back in the fold.
OUTLOOK: The Quakers captured another BCSL Liberty Division title last year and were also in the top five at the sectional and Burlington County meets before taking 13th at states. Count on them making noise at the big races again.
MOORESTOWN FRIENDS FOXES
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Moorestown Friends is excited to welcome back several of its top runners, including senior Italia Visella, who placed 19th at the Friends Schools League Championships and also set the pace for the Foxes at the Burlington County and state meets. She has been training hard throughout the summer and encouraging her teammates along the way. Sophomore Genevieve Messina is another key returner and will look to build on a solid rookie campaign. Seniors Madelyn Malik, Felisa Patel, Susu Guo, Lauren Radack, Kayla Vidal and Youyi Yan and sophomore Kat Johnso n round out the top seven.
OUTLOOK: Visella and the rest of the seniors hope to help the Foxes move up a few notches at the major races.
PAUL VI EAGLES
RUNNERS TO WATCH: With almost the entire roster returning, including four runners who placed in the top 10 at sectionals, Paul VI i s looking forward to the fall. Junior Bridget Lyons leads the way after another impressive season in which she took fourth at sectionals and 12th at states. She was also ninth in Camden County and 12th in the Olympic Conference and should only get better as an upperclassman . Sophomore Katie Sparks was not intimidated at the big races in the slightest as a rookie, as she finished 16th in the conference, fifth at both the county and sectional meets and 18th at states. Seniors Amelia Smith and Annie Skiles took eighth and ninth, respectively, at se ctionals, and junior Maria Liberatore rounds out the talented top five. Seniors Hannah Whitmire and Sarah Schultes are other key returners.
OUTLOOK: The Eagles were contenders at every big race they competed in last year, as they claimed a sectional title to go with a fourth a t states, a second at the county meet and a sixth in the conference. They have great expectations once again.
SENECA GOLDEN EAGLES
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Emma Klouchek had an immediate impact at Seneca during her terrific freshman season and should be a difference-maker again this f all. She clocked a 19:15 at sectionals to place fifth, went on to take 16th at states and competed at the Meet of Champions. She also had top-10 performances at the Burlington County and Olympic Conference races earlier in the season. Juniors Morgan Hough and Chelsea Richards a nd senior Kayla Handt are other key returners who were usually separated by just a few seconds at the major meets. They placed 14th, 15th and 16th, respectively, at sectionals. Senior Reilly Ritter rounds out the top five and other experienced veterans are seniors Anna Vosler and Jordan Guerrera and junior Evelyn Locke. Emma Daniels and Emily Vosler are sophomores to keep an eye on.
OUTLOOK: The Golden Eagles placed second at sectionals in 2017—the seventh straight year they have finished either first or second—and went on to take fifth at states. T hey also took second in the conference and third in the county, and they have the potential to stand out at all of those races again.
RUNNERS TO WATCH: The term “sophomore jinx” certainly did not apply to Bella Turner last y ear. After winning the Burlington County title and taking seventh at sectionals as a freshman, Turner was even better in 2017. She repeated as the county champion and al so took first at the Oly mpic Conference and sectional meets, clocking 18:22 to win a difficult South Jersey Group IV race. She went on to place eighth at states and 24th at the Meet of Champions, setting the stage for a big junior season. Shawnee also brings back anoth er talented junior in Claire Hauser, who would be the N o. 1 runner on most teams. She placed third in the county, fifth in the conference and sixth at sectionals. Seniors Grace Kearns and Lauren Tenet are other top returners who both placed in the top 20 at sectionals, and Kearns followed up with a 24th at states. Senior Hannah Maloney, juniors Maddy Yeager and Katy Morgan and sophomore Sophia Borrello are ot her solid runners, while Meghan Hickey, Melanie Hasson and Abby Rennie hope to keep lowering their times as sophomores.
OUTLOOK: One of the premier programs in the area, Shawnee took home titles in the county and conference last y ear before taking second at sectionals, fourt h at states and fifth at the Meet of Champions. The Renegades will continue to set the bar high, and Turner will be in the mix for a few more gold medals herself.
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP MINUTEMAIDS
RUNNERS TO WATCH: Washington Township must turn to a new No. 1 runner following t he graduation of Rebekah Leone, and junior Kate Cochran looks like a good candidate for the role. A contributor since her freshman season, she placed 15th in Gloucester County and 28th in the Olympic Conference last year. Seniors Gracie Petrelli and Bella Marchese will also b e counted on for competitive times and veteran leadership. Sophomore Kayley Luckiewicz, who took 20th at the county meet, will look to build on a promising rookie campaign.
OUTLOOK: The Minutemaids can alway s be expected to compete at the major races, and last year was no exception as they placed third in the county, eighth in the conference and 11th at sectionals. A steady 2018 is almost a certainty.
BISHOP EUSTACE CRUSADERS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Caitlin Deffler has put together a memorable career at Bishop Eustace and it will be exciting to see how it finishes up this fall. The Crusaders’ first singles since her sophomore year, she captured her second straight Camden County ti tle last season, advanced to the second round of the state singles tournament and earned all-South Jersey honors, posting a 28-3 record. Senior Sydney Sperling is another key returner who played third singles as a junior and went 15-4 in team matches. Junior Carly Reagan has been a starting doubles player since her freshman campaign and could be ready to move into a singles spot. Junior Marissa Stambaugh is b ack after playing second doubles and other returners looking to crack the lineup are senior Olivia Bianchi and junior Danielle Venuto. Sen iors Katrina Smith and Taylor Brenza and juniors Isabel Hagerty and Noelle Nigrelli also hope to contribute.
OUTLOOK: The Crusaders went undefeated in their division for the fifth year in a row on their way to another Olympic National title last fall. They also reached the sec tional semifinals and finished with a 16-3 overall record. Eustace hopes to stay among the top teams in the area and Deffler should add t o her list of accomplishments as well.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Four starters return for Cherokee, led by senior Sanjana Panjala, wh o has played first singles every season of her career. Panjala’s accomplish- ments in 2017 included her second straight trip to the round o f 16 at the South Jersey Interscholastic Championships, a berth in the semifinals of the Olympic Conference Tournament and an appearance i n the state singles tournament. She posted a 19-8 record and was named all-Group IV by the South Jersey Tennis Coaches Association. Seni or Sarah Walsh is another key returner who played second singles. Juniors Carly Fronczak and Kelly McVeigh played first and second doubles , respectively, and will look to move into a singles spot or contribute at doubles again. Senior Shreya Cheepi notched a singles victory a gainst Williamstown in last year’s playoffs and should also find a spot, along with junior Danielle DeLia.
OUTLOOK: After reaching the .500 mark with a 9-9 record and advancing to the sectional quarterfinals last fall, the Chiefs bring back a tested group of veterans and seem primed for a solid season.
CHERRY HI LL EAST COUGARS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: After playing second singles as a freshman, Pallavi Goculdas mov ed into the top spot last year and responded with a strong season despite battling an injury. She reached the round of 16 at the South Jers ey Interscholastic Championships and was named all-South Jersey. She hopes to be one of the top players in the area as a junior. Junior S anjana Doshi also started at singles last year, as she saw time at both the second and third spot, and junior Mari Kimenker is another re turner who contributed at singles and doubles. Senior Landen Tennenbaumwas recognized as all-South Jersey for her performance at first doubles, and senior Sophia Jiang is also back after playing second doubles.
OUTLOOK: The Cougars went 14-5 overall and won the Olympic Conf erence American Division title last fall. Their streak of six straight appearances in the sectional final came to an end with a loss to V ineland in the semifinals, although Goculdas did not play in the match. Don’t be surprised if they find a way back this season.
CHERRY HILL WEST LIONS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: A majority of the starting lineup that ended last season is back for Cherry Hill West, including senior Gia T oriello, who held down the No. 1 singles spot for most of the year. Senior Saturn Crowley competed at third singles and should benefit fro m the experience she gained, while junior Keso Managadze is also likely to fill a singles spot after contributing at both singles and dou bles as a sophomore. Sophomore Rosemary Villatoro played first doubles as a rookie, and seniors Amy Kim and Amelia Shefer are other vetera n doubles players. Fannie He is expected to earn playing time at doubles as well.
OUTLOOK: After several rebuilding campaigns, the Lions ha d their best season since 2011 last fall and hope to ride the momentum to even better things this year.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Clearview was hit hard by graduation for the third year in a row, losing five of seven starters. The good news is that one of the return ers is senior Ashley Slowicki, who missed her sophomore season with an injury but rebounded to earn the first singles spot last year. She has the potential for a solid final season with the Pioneers. Senior Lauren Vi salli is the other returning starter after competing at second doubles. She could possibly move into a singles position behind Slowicki. Junior Grace D’Amico and sophomore Samantha Deeney are other returners expected to contribute.
OUTLOOK: Although the Pioneers saw their streak of division championships end at six last year, they still were in the mix and finished strong at 13-7 with a completely different line up from the season before. It wouldn’t be surprising to see them contend again under the same circumstances.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Four starters are back for Eastern, including senior Serena Patel, who seized the first singles spot as a junior after playing third singles the year before. Her experience in challenging matches over the last two seasons should pay dividends. Both of the Vikings’ doubl es teams were named all-Group IV by the South Jersey Tennis Coaches Association. Senior Renali Patel competed at first doubles and could be in line to move into a singles position. Senior Jenna Bresalier and junior Lexi Levin were partners at second doubles and won a match at the state doubles tournament. Both will be expected to contribute somewhere in the lineup. Senior Michelle Litvak and juniors Joanne Lee and Kiki Zamost are other returners hoping to make an impact.
OUTLOOK: The Vikings, who have made b ig strides in recen t seasons, wen t 13-4 in 2017 and reached the sectional quarterfinals. With a solid core in place, expect another successful campaign this fall.
GLOUCESTER CATHOLIC RAMS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Junior McKayla Labbree has pl a y ed firs t s i ng l es s i nc e her fres hma n y ea r a nd hopes to return to the top spot and keep improving a s an upperclassman. She has battled injuries in both of her seasons but appears to be 100 percent healthy. Labbree will have support from senior Carly Cappello , who has filled the third singles position each of the last two seasons . Seniors Jenny Allemian and Devon Tindley both gained doubles experience last y ear and are also expected to contribute. Other returners looking to step up are junior Haley Lakore and sophomores Hannah Fultano, Grace Riley and Olivia Versace.
OUTLOOK: Labbree is a solid leader at the top of the lineup and the Rams have good numbers in the program, so look for them to make progress as a team.
HADDONFI ELD BULLDAWGS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: All three starting singles players graduated for Haddonfield, wh ich also lost a talented junior in Ch ristina Dante, wh o is focusing on crew th is year. One of the top returners is junior Anna Swartley, who played first doubles with Dante. Th ey captured th e title at th e South Jersey Interscholastic Championships, won a pair of matches at the state doubles tournament and were named all-Group II first team in the st ate. Juniors Gillian Rozenfeld, Molly Parks and Stella DeMarco rotated in at second doubles and were named allSouth Jersey. Rozenfeld an d Parks reach ed the quarterfinals at the South Jersey tournament and the round of 16 at states. Sophomore Lily Hanna also saw time at dou bles and teamed with DeMarco to win the B final at the South Jersey Championships. Madison Hammel, Claire Kenny and Becca Whiting are all v eterans of th e program who will look to earn spots in the lineup and provide senior leadership. Other possible contributors include juniors Belle Romea and Charlotte George and sophomore Kate Morris. OUTLOOK: It seems like you can pencil the Bulldawgs in for at least 25 win s and a sectional championship every year. They did just that in 2017, as they posted a 25-4 record, claimed a South Jersey championship for the 16th straight year and made the Group II state final. Although they are relying on a new crop of singles players and some other f resh faces in the lineup this season, similar results are almost guaranteed.
KI NGSWAY DRAGONS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Kingsway brings back five s tarters, including three upperclassmen who ended last season in the singles positions. Seniors Madison Lanham and Ashley Jirik both have ex perience in the No. 1 spo and give the Dragons a formidable duo to build around. Junior Olivia Meyer competed at third singles as a sopho more and is looking to follow up a promising season. Seniors Theresa Reed and Zalak Modi both played doubles last year, and senior Gillian Morganstein also has doubles experience.
OUTLOOK: Just two y ears after winning only one match, the Dragons went 10-9 last season for their first winning record since 2012 and reached the sectional quarterfinals. With an experienced core, they have the potential for another successful season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Lenape suffered major losses to graduation, including Shannon McCarthy, who played first singles for three years and made the semifinals of the South Jersey Interscholastic Championships as a senior. On the bright side, j unior Olivia Cao appears more than ready to take over the top spot after playing second singles last year. She was named all-Group IV by the South Jersey Tennis Coaches Association. Senior Veena Bandaru was part of the first doubles team and will also be counted on this season. Junior Ami Patel is another experienced returner who saw time at doubleswhile seniors Annabelle Estep and Lindsay April will look to fill out the lineup.
OUTLOOK: The Indians’ 9-9 season in 2017 featured a berth in the sectional quarterfinals. It’s hard to tell how t his year will shake out with so many new positions to fill, but expect them to remain competitive with Cao leading the way.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Moorestown graduated th ree starters, including Emily O’Neil, wh o played first singles th e last th re e years. Junior Emma Regovich, a th ree-year starter, is expected to succeed O’Neil in the No. 1 spot after playing second singles as a soph omore. She went on an exciting run to the semifinals of the South Jersey Interscholastic Championships and was named all-Group III by the South Jersey Tennis Coaches Association. Junior Julia McBride is another key returner who played first doubles and made the semifinals of th e South Jersey tournament. She looks like a candidate to move into a singles position. Junior Grace Leese and senior Eliza Broder played second doubles together and will also be counted on this fall. Sophomore Paige O’Neil, Emily’s sister, and junior Sowmya Bulusu are oth er returners expected to have an impact. Freshman Maya Butani and sophomores Rubani Bindra and Isha Sharon are newcomers hoping to earn a varsity position.
OUTLOOK: The Quakers compiled an 18-6 record and advanced to the sectional quarterfinals during a strong 2017 campaign . As usual, they plan on being in the mix for a sectional championship this year even with a young squad.
MOORESTOWN FRIENDS FOXES
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Junior Renna Mohsen-Breen has already left her mark on the Moorestown Friends program and she still has two years left to add to h er legacy. She played first singles again last year and repeated as the Burlington County champion. Her final record was 25-1, with the o nly loss coming to Vineland’s Tess Fisher, who went on to claim the state individual title. Mohsen-Breen is currently ranked first in 16 and-under Middle States by the USTA and 75th in the country. Five other starters return for the Foxes, including juniors Elena Styliade s and Amanda Augustino, who played second and third singles, respectively. Styliades reached the round of 16 at the South Jersey Interscho lastic Championships and Augustino won two matches at the same tournament. Talented freshman Bella Pescatore is also expected to challen ge for a singles spot. Junior Sasha Zakevat played first doubles last year, while senior Liz Huettl and juniors Bailey Butterworth and Julia Holliday rotated at second doubles. Sophomores Natalie Julian and Lauren Kam will also look to find their way into the lineup.
OUTLOOK: The Foxes were crowned champions of the Friends Schools League, reached the sectional semifinals and finished with a 16-7 record in 2017. With almost the entire roster back and one of the top play ers in South Jersey in MohsenBreen, they have high hopes for this fall.
PAUL VI EAGLES
PLAYERS TO WATCH: After competing at second singles as a sophomore, Audrey van Schalkwyk moved up to the No. 1 spot last year and r esponded with a solid 11-7 record in match play against the more challenging competition. She is looking to end her career with a strong senior campaign. Senior Morrissey Walsh is another key returner who saw time at second and third singles last season. Seniors Brenna Shark ey and Veronica Moore were doubles partners and will fill a key role again somewhere in the lineup. Seniors Ava Compagnoni and Emily Fitzger ald are other veteran returners expected to leave their mark.
OUTLOOK: The Eagles have made huge strides lately and had their best season i n years in 2017, as they went 9-9 with a playoff victory. Their strong senior class hopes to finish strong and leave the program in good shape.
SENECA GOLDEN EAGLES
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Only two starters are back from the team that reached the sectional final, but one of them is junior Ariana Brown, who seized the first singles job as a sophomore and won 10 matches. She was named all-Group II by the South Jersey Ten nis Coaches Association and hopes to fare even better with a year of experience under her belt. Senior Megan Duffy is another top returner who played first doubles and will eye a singles position in her final season. Senior Hannah Russo and sophomore Kierstyn Fenimore are other returners who will be counted on to move into the starting lineup. Other contenders for varsity spots are senior Alivia Chaloupka, juniors Ella Worrell and Jessica Witten, sophomores Rylee Morrison and Lara Narkiewicz and freshman Abigail Lewis.
OUTLOOK: The Golden Eagles’ 16-6 season included an exciting run to the South Jersey Group II final. If the lineup develops behind Brown, look for another winning campaign.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Davica Massaro has been a starter at singles since her freshman year and is looking to go out strong in her senior season. Although she has battled injuries the last two years—and was limited to just three matches in 2017— Massaro is back to full strength and hopes to reclaim the No. 1 singles spot she earned last year. Seniors Dominique Adornetto and Ava Meakimhad an impressive season at first doubles, as they reached the final of the South Jersey Interscholastic Championships and competed in the state doubles tournament. Adornetto also filled in at third singles and both veterans will play a key role this year. Senior Mairi Scholefield is another valuable doubles player, while junior Rebecca Chernoff and sophomore Ella Purfield finished the season playing second doubles together and will look to build on that experience.
OUTLOOK: The Renegades suffered a close loss in the sectional quarterfinals—without Massaro in the lineup—and finished with a solid 11-6 record. Their talented nucleus appears on its way to another successful campaign.
WASHI NGTON TOWNSHI P MINUTEMAIDS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Washington Town- ship only graduated one starter and will have an experienced lineup of upperclassmen this fall. Leading the way is senior Laurel DiStefano, who made the jump from doubles to first singles last year and held her own in the challenging position. Senior Diana Chan filled the third singles role, and the Minutemaids also bring back a deep crop of doubles players, including senior Lexie Wells and junior Kylee Jones, who took third at the Gloucester County Tournament and won a match at the South Jersey Interscholastic Championships. Senior Michelle Folk and junior Clara Fok also won their opening match at the South Jersey tournament and competed at second doubles for most of the season. Seniors Daisy Marrero and Hayley Wilkinson also saw time at doubles and are expected to contribute as well.
OUTLOOK: The Minutemaids showed improvement last year in a 5-14 season and seem to be on their way up with so many experienced players back in the fold.
CAMDEN CATHOLIC FIGHTING IRISH
PLAYER S TO WATCH: Although Camden Catholic lost two all-conference first-team players to graduation, the rest of the starting lineup is back in the fold. That includes senior opposite Jenn Nguyen, who had 51 kills and made the all-conference seco nd team. Junior Julie Rosica had 52 kills and is a strong all-around player at outside hitter, while junior Lilyana Baynum(52 kills, 15 blo cks) and sophomore Devin Rybacki (40 kills, 10 blocks) are other important returners who played middle blocker. Junior Katherine Nguyen s tarted at libero and registered 81 digs and 70 service points, and senior Francesca Spinosi is an experienced defensive specialist. Juni or Giavonna Gaw will be another big contributor, and other returners are senior opposite Mala Samol and junior middle blocker Lauren Owens.
OUTLOOK: The Irish posted a 15-7 record— including a perfect 8-0 mark in the Olympic Conference Freedom Division—and dropped a close mat ch to Oak Knoll in the first round of the playoffs. They should be division title contenders again this fall and hope to add a playoff vi ctory or two under new head coach Caitlin Marchlowitz.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: An outstanding senior class—including five all- conf erence players and allstate outside hitter Kayleigh Kitchen—graduated for Cherokee, but there are still several key players to build arou nd. Senior outside hitter Madison Patton had 103 kills and 39 digs and senior opposite Makenzie Jackson added 94 kills and 46 digs. They w ill both be counted on heavily this season. Sen- ior middle blocker Brooke Stauss was a top defender at the net with 29 blocks and chippe d in 44 kills, and senior defensive specialist Tori Tagliaferro (48 digs) is another experienced veteran from last year’s state final ru n. Senior Gwen Hangey hopes to move into the starting setter role after serving as the backup as a junior. Seniors Gabrielle Quigg and Le an Conover and junior Anna Mansel expect to have an impact as well.
OUTLOOK: Last season was an unforgettable one for the Chiefs, who did no t lose until a 2-0 defeat against Ridge in the Group IV state final. Their 28-1 record included a 10-0 mark in the Olympic Conference Ame rican Division. While they can’t be expected to play at that level again, count on them being division contenders.
CHERRY HILL EAST COUGARS
PLAYER S TO WATCH: Sarah Pintel has enjoyed a stellar career at Cherry Hill East and it will be fun to see how her senior year unfolds. The out side hitter made the all-conference first team last season and will be a top player offensively and defensively for the Cougars. Senior Lori Pacuku is another returning starter who will move from opposite to the middle. Sophomore Monah Pintel, Sarah’s sister, contributed ri ght away as a rookie and will be a force up front as well. Senior Rachael Boyle is another talented outside hitter and Sharon Umis a senio r expected to take on a bigger role.
OUTLOOK: Th e Cougars ended the 2017 regular season strong before dropping a firs-tround match in th e playoffs for a final record of 14-9. With the Pintel sisters leading the way, expect another winning season.
CHERRY HI LL WEST LIONS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior Alexa Caputo is back to direct the Cherry Hill West offense from her setter position after earning all-conference second- team honors last year. Two of the weapons she will be looking for are junior Sofia Zuniga and sophomore Alison Ahern, who were both amo ng the team leaders in kills. Kelly Stankiewicz and Vivian Jablonski are senior leaders and junior Bree McCalla is another returner expecte d to contribute.
OUTLOOK: It’s always a benefit to have a veteran setter like Caputo, and the rest of the Lions gained valuable experience last year during a rebuilding season. Signs point toward an improved record in 2018.
CLEARVI EW PIONEERS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: A strong core is in place for Clearview, including the formidable duo of seniors Melanie Andreou and Cameron Cooey. Andreou, a middle blocker, had 58 kills and 176 digs last year to make the all-conference first team. Cooey, an all-conference second-teamer, led the Pioneers with 63 kills and added 174 digs, and she is also one of the best servers on the team. Senior Savanna Heggan (182 assists) returns as the starting setter, and senior Rebekah Strauss (37 kills, 11 blocks) is a force at the net. Seniors Alison Hacker and Hailey Carson are key returners at defensive specialist.
OUTLOOK: The Pioneers, who went 9-13 with a firstround playoff loss in 2017, have been inching their way closer to a winning record in recent seasons. Don’t be surprised if this is the year.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Eastern returns four varsity players from last year, including senior middle blocker Gabrielle Healey, wh o had a solid season with 57 kills and 27 blocks. Senior Ariana David is a strong all-around player who had 49 kills and 68 assists, while senior Allison Wichrowski is back as the starting setter and senior Molly Greenblatt is an experienced libero/defensive specialist. Other upperclassmen who are being counted on are seniors Kyleigh Masterson, Isabella Quimby and Trinity Vargas and juniors Cera Ong, Taylor Ruiz and Morgan Tiernan. Sophomores to keep an eye on are Shelby Fisher, Isabella Giampetro, Kaitlyn Henry, Lindsay Hoffman, Chris Park, Elisha Shin, Sara Wichrowski and Jammy Wu.
OUTLOOK: Despite a rough ending to the 2017 season, the Vikings still finished with a respectable 10-10 record. This program always finds a way to be competitive and this year should be more of the same.
GLOUCESTER CATHOLIC RAMS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Although Gloucester Catholic graduated four all-conference players, the good news is that there is a promising crop of returners ready to lead the team. Junior outside hitter Serena Pluta had a breakout campaign, as she was second on the team with 73 kills and added 29 digs. Junior Emily Duer is another talented outside hitter who had 38 kills and seems ready for a major role. Junior Heidi Wolf is an experienced setter who had 122 assists, and returning defensive specialists are senior Kate Orgera, the team captain, and sophomores Lauren Wethman and Calli Genovese. Wethman set the single-season school record with 330 digs last year and has a chance to break the career mark this fall, and Genovese will be the leadoff server. Other returners vying for playing time include senior Jordyn McDonald and juniors Lexi Baback and Shelby Longo. Junior Julianna Pollander, who is returning from an ACL tear, is expected to be a spark for the front line at outside hitter.
OUTLOOK: With Pluta expected to move into a leadership role and other veterans hoping to keep making progress, the Rams have a shot to improve on last year’s 11-16 record.
KI NGSWAY DRAGONS
PLAYER S TO WATCH: Tori McCormick emerged as Kingsway’s starting sett er last year and responded with a solid season, recording 273 assists. She’s back to orchestrate the offense and has a pair of strong hitte rs to rely on in seniors Shianne Watson (56 kills) and Alison Hrivnak (50 kills). Senior Rebecca Blaszczyk is another returner who can ma ke things happen at the net, and experienced defensive specialists are seniors Lindsey Phan, Rylie Martin and Hetvi Patwa. Senior Gianna B attaglia is a promising hitter who missed most of last season with an injury.
OUTLOOK: The Dragons’ 13-12 season featured a trip to the Glou cester County semifinals and a berth in th