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September 5, 2013

2013 Salem News team by team volleyball previews

SALEM

Coach: Craig Massey (7th season)

Last Year’s Record: 9-11

Captains: Hannah Mullarkey, Sr., libero; Hannah Wilkins, Sr., outside hitter; Kayti LeFrancois, Sr., def. specialist

Other Players to Watch: Stephanie Adorno-Martinez, Soph., setter; Codey Homan, Soph., outside hitter; Julia Florence, Sr., middle blocker.

Outlook: “We had some close losses and underachieved a bit last season, but we’ve made the state tourney two of the last three years and are looking to get back there this season,” said Massey.

BISHOP FENWICK

Coach: Adam DeBaggis (5th season)

Last Year’s Record: 17-5 (Lost in Division 2 North quarters)

Captains: Kate Lipka, Sr., middle hitter; Gianna Pizzano, Sr., outside hitter; Jen Crovo, Sr., outside hitter; Tessa McLaughlin, Sr., setter.

Other Players to Watch: Chandler Wilder, Sr., def. specialist; Olivia Morsey, Sr., libero; Siobhan McConnell, Sr., outside hitter; Julie Ywuc, Sr., setter; Madison Camelo, Jr., middle hitter; Alexis Bedard, Jr., right side; Melissa McKenzie, Soph., right side.

Outlook: The Crusaders have 11 returnees, so there’s plenty of reason for optimism and ambition. “We want to be the best around,” said DeBaggis.

HAMILTON-WENHAM

Coach: Jen Flynn (4th season)

Last Year’s Record: 8-10

Captains: Julia Fibbe, Jr., middle hitter; Leah Walsh, Sr., libero; Jaclyn Wescott, Jr., outside hitter.

Other Players to Watch: Katelyn McCarthy, Jr., setter; Tori Vivenzio, Fr., setter; Maddie O’Connor, Jr., middle hitter.

Outlook: It appears to be a growing year for the Generals, but the players look like they’re accelerating the timetable with their communication and hustle. “The kids came back in excellent volleyball shape,” said Flynn.

PEABODY

Coach: Lisa Keene (10th season)

Last year’s record: 17-2 (Lost in Division 1 North quarters)

Captains: Jillian DiFelice, Sr., outside hitter; Carolyn Scacchi, Sr., middle hitter; Katie Gallo, Sr., outside hitter.

Other players to watch: Olivia Summit, Sr., outside hitter; Jillian Rubin, Sr., libero; Courtney Bua, Jr., outside hitter; Sarah Hosman, Soph., setter; Emily Diezemann, Jr., middle hitter.

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