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2020 HS volleyball preview: It’ll be a short and strange season

  • Sarah Bascomb, 15, of Randolph, gets under a ball served up by coach Tom Evans, second from left, during volleyball practice at Mid-Vermont Christian School in Quechee, Vt., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. James M. Patterson

  • Maggie Sharkey, 13, of Grantham, middle, and Sarah Bascomb, 15, of Randolph, right, work on blocking technique as Sydney Goodwin, of Hartford, sends the ball over the net during Mid-Vermont Christian School volleyball practice in Quechee, Vt., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News — James M. Patterson

  • Hayley Goodwin, 16, of Hartford, left, puts the ball past teammate and sister Sydney Goodwin, 18, right, as Lily Horner Richardson, 13, of Cornish, right, looks on during Mid-Vermont Christian School volleyball practice in Quechee, Vt., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. James M. Patterson

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 10/1/2020 8:04:56 AM
Modified: 10/1/2020 12:58:51 PM

Volleyball will look very different in the Upper Valley this fall.

In New Hampshire, volleyball will be the only sport played inside, and spectators won’t be allowed due to COVID-19 precautions. Yet because of the changes, the programs at Hanover, Mascoma and Stevens will all play each other in regular-season matches. In the past, the three squads have only scrimmaged.

Over in Vermont, teams are playing outside only and there will be no state tournament. For Mid Vermont Christian, that means practice can be held inside but matches will be held outside on a grass surface.

Hanover

Coach: Megan McFarland (4).

Last year: 4-10, missed playoffs.

League: NHIAA Division II.

Returnees: Seniors — Emily Gammell (OH), Alice Rodi (DS). Junior — Katie Peterson (L).

Newcomers: Senior — Lyric Wilson (DS). Junior — Jasmine Tracy (DS). Sophomores — Caitlin Fillinger (OH), Carolina Quirke (MB), Lilly Clapp (OH), Esther Hacker (MB). Freshman — Talia Daft (S).

Analysis: The Marauders have missed the playoffs two consecutive seasons, but coach Megan McFarland is pleased with the development of junior Katie Peterson, who is starting to be recruited by a handful of NCAA Division I and II teams.

Hanover also added setter Talia Daft and outside hitter Caitlin Fillinger, who come to the Marauders with years of club experience from California and New York, respectively.

“By playing a smaller, regional schedule this season, we are able to focus on one or two rotations and iron them out,” McFarland said. “Everyone in the area is pretty equal, and it should lead to some great, competitive matches.”

Mascoma

Coach: Eric Ramage (3).

Last year: 9-4, lost in first round.

League: NHIAA Division III.

Returnees: Seniors — Jadyn Bates, Jenna Bean, Cardigan Loupis, Ella Shinnlinger, Opal Shinnlinger. Junior — Audrey May.

Newcomers: Seniors — Abigail Anderson, Isabelle Schneider. Juniors — Mariah David, Lucille Ibey, Emma Zuger.

Analysis: Despite graduating all six starters, coach Eric Ramage reloads with six players who all saw match time in 2019. The Royals have now made two consecutive postseason appearances.

“We are very glad to have any season at all during the pandemic and joyfully making the most of it that we can,” Ramage said.

Mid Vermont Christian

Coaches: Tom Evans (1) and Helen Jenks (3).

Last year: 9-6, lost in quarterfinals.

League: VPA Division I.

Returnees: Seniors — Sydney Goodwin (OH/DS), Nykrisha Jenks (S), Anna Loiselle (DS), Gabriella Tsakiris (OH/L). Juniors — Hayley Goodwin (OH/DS), Delaney Gross (OH/DS). Sophomores — Deborah Airoldi (DS), Sarah Bascom (OH).

Newcomers: Eighth-graders — Lily Horner-Richardson (OH), Maggie Sharkey (DS).

Analysis: The Eagles are adapting to playing outdoors per Vermont Principal Association guidelines and return all six starters from last year’s team that lost to South Burlington in the quarterfinals. The group of seniors also won’t be able to compete in the playoffs this season, as the state tournament has been canceled because of coronavirus pandemic.

“We are all focused on staying motivated while developing skills and preparing for the new challenge of outdoor game play,” co-coach Helen Jenks said.

Stevens

Coach: Rick Dorcely (2).

Last year: 0-16.

League: NHIAA Division III.

Returnees: Seniors — Natalie Goss (OH), Emily Anderson (S), Autumn-Renee Bragg (MB), Laiken Becker (DS). Junior — Alexys Corliss (S).

Newcomers: Senior — Madasia VanGuilder (S). Juniors — Aunnah Shepard (MB), Emma Cass (MB).

Analysis: Coach Rick Dorcely took over midway through last season’s campaign, stepping in for previous coach Kathryn Plouffe, who resigned. He’s also the third coach in as many seasons. The Cardinals will try to pick up a win after back-to-back winless seasons.




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