Volleyball teams at a glance

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ARAPAHOE

Coach – Cara Syers

2012 highlights – 4-3 in Centennial League, 16-9 overall.

Top players – Whitney Krantz, OH, Sr.; Grace Marlowe, S, Sr.; Tess Albyn, OH, Sr.; Taylor Hamilton, MB, Sr.

2013 outlook - Krantz, Marlowe and Albyn form the nucleus of a solid Warriors team.

Say what? – “Krantz, Marlowe and Albyn have been on the varsity since they were freshmen. We are expecting great things from them,” said Syers.

CHAPARRAL

Coach – TR Ellis

2012 highlights – 10-1 in Continental League, 23-5 overall lost in the semifinals of the Class 5A state tournament.

Top Players – Hayley Ferguson, OH, Sr.; Jaylen Adams, OPP , Sr.; Hannah Reynolds, MB, Sr.; Elise Neff, R OPP , Sr.; Natalie Passeck, OH, Jr.; Jordan Rosen, S, Jr.; Grace Ditzenberger, MB, Jr.

2013 outlook – Only four experienced seniors and no all-league players return from a state semifinal team but Chaparral knows how to win. In the past four seasons the Wolverines have a 108-13 record. Ditzenberger, a transfer from Valor Christian, will be a big boost when she becomes eligible midway through the season.

Say what? – “We are always going to be in the mix. That’s our goal to win the league. Most people don’t think we have the horses to do it this year so we are going to surprise some people,” said Ellis.

CHERRY CREEK

Coach – Sally Moos

2012 highlights – 6-1 in Centennial League, 22-6 overall, lost in semifinals of Class 5A state tournament.

Top players – Amanda Herold, MB, Sr.; Sarah Hellman, S, Sr.; Allie Fowler, S, Sr.; Cassie Sulmeisters, OH, Sr.; Emily Fish, OH, Jr.; Taylor Cooper, MH, Jr.

2013 outlook – Moos will mold the team around six returning starters or players with varsity experience. Over the past six seasons, Creek has always com up with winning teams as evidenced by a 150-33 record.

Say what? – “Centennial League will be very competitive this year again. I feel any of these five teams could win the league with Grandview or Cherokee Trail as the front runners with Cherry Creek, Eaglecrest and Arapahoe included,” said Moos.

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Coach – Valerie Elliott

2012 highlights – 5-6 in Continental League, 11-14 overall.

Top players – Mattison DeGarmo, OH, Jr.; Allyson Clancy, S, Jr.

2013 outlook –DeGarmo has been all-league the past two season and the young Huskies gained experience, consistency and confidence last season.

Say what? – “We have a solid group of kids that play together well. The league is incredibly tough again so we gain the advantage of pressure play on a weekly basis,” said Elliott.

HIGHLANDS RANCH

Coach — Lou Krauss

2014 highlights – 7-4 in Centennial League, 19-9 overall, lost in state tournament pool play.

Top players – Kelly Brunstein, MH, Jr.; Shayli Siegfreid, Lib., Jr.; Nicole Palmer, OH, Jr.

2013 prospects – Palmer, who had 226 kills and 315 digs last season, Brunstein, 186 kills, and Siegfreid, one of the best liberos in the league, give Krauss a good nucleus to build his team around.

LEGEND

Coach – Katie Winsor

2012 – 9-2 in Continental League, 19-7 overall and advanced to Class 5A state tournament for the first time in school history.

Too players – Nikki Kennedy, MB, Sr.; Rylee Busick, OH, Soph.; Laura Willens , MB/RS, Soph.’ Kasie Gilfert ,MB, Soph.; Makenna Berlinski, DS, Jr.

2013 outlook – Titans lost a core group of ball controllers but still should be one of the upper-division teams in the league because of a few tall players to control play at the net.

Say what? – “We look big at the net and play aggressively,” said Winsor.

LITTLETON

Coach – Margaret Whalen

2012 highlights – 0-11 in Continental League, 4-19 overall.

Top players — Natasha Habert, OH, Sr.; Sela Tharan, S, Sr.; Sammy Wong, Lib., Sr.; Natalie Sandstrom, MH, Sr.; Haley Hanna, MH, Jr.

2013 outlook – Whalen enters her 17th season as coach and believes she will have a team that will be competitive in the Continental League.

Say what? – “We have more talent and depth on the JV and varsity rosters,” said Whalen.

LUTHERAN

Coach – Alicia Oates

2012 highlights – Captured the Class 2A state championship for the second consecutive season. The Lions were 28-0.

Top players – Connie Olson, OH, Sr.; Madi Arnell, S, Soph.; Chandler Sturms, OH/RS, Jr.; Ashley Hazel, MB, Soph.

2013 outlook – Olson has started since her freshman year and will control much of the action. She has become a more dominant hitter and will be joined by Arnell and Sturms who return from last season’s team. Lions will be inexperienced in the middle.

Say what? – “We will be a very different team from last season with a heavy reliance on ball control and defense,” said Oates. “The girls have worked hard in the off season enabling us to have variety in our offense.”

MOUNTAIN VISTA

Coach – Lindsey Jaffe Miller

2012 highlights – 8-3 in Continental League, 20-6 overall and finished fifth in state.

Top players – Amanda Waterman, OH, Sr.; Gillian Wahleithner, OH, Sr.; Kylie Klein, MB, Sr.; Mikalah Hughes, MB, Sr.; Carinne Turner, S, Sr.; Katie Ireland, S, Jr.; Morgan McKean, OH, Jr.; Morgan McGuire, DS, Jr.; Audrey Penland, DS, Sr.

2013 outlook – Golden Eagles are experienced, losing only three players off last year’s team and the 2013 club has the ability to be one of those teams that doesn’t come along very often.

Say what – “Regardless of our final record, this is a team that will leave a huge legacy at Mountain Vista High School for many future generations to come,” said Jaffe Miller.

PONDEROSA

Coach – Rob Graham

2012 highlights — 5-6, 11-16 overall, lost in pool play of the Class 4A state tournament.

Top players – Allison Smith, OH, Soph.; Camille Smith, MB, Soph.; Erin Morton, OH, Sr. ; Becca Page, S, Jr.; Anne Severson, RS, Sr.; Camie Sawyer, RS/MB, Jr.; Merry Hammack, Lib., Sr.; Izzy Schneyer, DS, Soph.

2013 outlook – Mustangs are young with only two seniors but most of the players on the team saw varsity action last season in the 4A state playoffs.

Say what? – “We are much more balanced offensively this year which should help us win more games,” said Graham.

ROCK CANYON

Coach – Jamie Robitaille

2013 highlights – 2-9 in Continental League, 6-19 overall.

Top players – Players who were on last year’s roster include Erin Babilon, Lib/DS ,Sr.; Paige Mathieson, OPP/ OH, Sr.; Bailey Zager, S, Jr.; Brooke Fry ,DS, Sr.; Ellie Rich, S , Jr.; Terryn Veres, OH/OPP, Jr.

2013 prospects — Veres led the team with 172 kills and nine underclassmen played in varsity games which bodes well for this season.

THUNDERRIDGE

Coach – Paul Kiersta

2012 highlights – 8-17 overall.

Top players – Erika Roach, OH, Sr.; Tristyn Sells, OH, Sr.; Madison Meredith, MB/R, Jr.; Alex Nimz, S., Jr; Lexi Spadi, Lib., Sr, Jr.; Nikelle Bronson, DS, Jr.; Haelin Steward, S, Sr.; Jenelle Weaver, MR, Sr.; Taylor Olen, DS, Jr.

2013 outlook — Nine letter winners return. Roach was first team All-Conference in 2012 and had 345 kills. The Grizzlies offensive attack should be more versatile and Kiersta is hoping for improved setting. A taller front line will help create a blocking presence.

Say what? – “We think we can contend for a top 3 spot in our league,” said Kiersta.

VALOR CHRISTIAN

Coach – Lars Nielsen

2012 highlights – 20-8, finished third in the State 4A tournament.

Top players – Kate Gibson, OH, Sr.; Brooke Haskins, MH, Sr.; Cassidy Wurth, MH, Jr.; Kyleigh McDaniel, OH, Jr.; Carli McNeily, Lib., Sr. ; Katie Bradbury, Lib., Sr.; Savannah Cressman,Lib., Jr. ; Kaylie Miller, S, Sr.

2013 outlook – Five starters return and the Eagles will play almost all their matches at home. Gibson, with 323 kills last season, is an outstanding outside hitter who has verbally committed to attend the University of Memphis. Nielsen has a lot of athletic talent on the team and a trip to Arizona for the Nike Tournament should prime the Eagles for play in Colorado.

Say what? – “We have a group of outstanding student athletes, who have put in extra time this off-season to improve on our 2012 third-place finish,” said Nielsen.