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September 5, 2013

Volleyball preview: Scacchi, Peabody headline an expanding NEC


“Right now Carolyn and Olivia are the only experienced players we really have. It concerns me a little bit. We have to work on chemistry, need to understand each other on the court. It takes time, but I think this is a very intelligent team.”

Senior outside hitters Jillian DeFelice and Katie Gallo join Scacchi as captains for Peabody, a team that appears to have considerable upside.

“Peabody is just very good,” said Beverly coach Pam Padovani. “It starts with Carolyn Scacchi but they have depth too. I think Scacchi is being recruited for both basketball and volleyball because of her size and athletic ability, and she’s as great a kid as she is a player.”

The expansion of the Northeastern Conference suggests that Peabody will have some easy wins against first-year programs at a time when the Tanners need more severe tests. However, Keene prefers to look at the long term benefits.

“I like the idea of new teams,” said Keene. “We’re going to have a full division, that’s for sure. When I think back to where we were at the beginning, struggling and bickering, to where we are now – it’s pretty amazing. Now it’s a serious game for our kids, and I know these new teams will be enthusiastic. The league will continue to build and I’m excited about that.”

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