Preview: Chariho girls volleyball

Preview: Chariho girls volleyball



Head coach:

Cathy Fulford (2nd season).

Assistant coach:

Kristopher Leclerc.

Last year:

Chariho finished 6-12 overall and in the league, but did not qualify for the postseason.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors:

Maura Beaudreau (S), McKayla Richardson (MB), Tyler Seltzer (OH), Gabrielle Tretton (OH).

Juniors:

Madison Berlam (OH), Layne Hart (S), Jessica LaValley (libero), Kate Powers (OH).

New to varsity:

Sophomore:

Jasmine Babbitt (MB).

Outlook:

For the first time since 2000, the Chargers will not be playing in the state’s top division.

The Chargers are now in Division II after posting a losing record in 10 straight seasons. The 20 teams in D-II will be divided into two 10-team leagues with 18 league games. No more than 12 teams will qualify for the postseason. Chariho hopes to contend for the D-II title.

Powers, an All-State pitcher in softball and an All-Division player in both basketball and volleyball last season, is the team’s top hitter.

“She is really killing the ball again this year,” Fulford said. “Kate puts the ball away. She is unbelievable.”

Babbitt played a lot of volleyball in the offseason and will be a solid middle blocker.

“We are looking for Layne (Hart) to do well with her setting, and hopefully Tyler (Seltzer) will do well hitting, passing and leading the team,” Fulford said.

Tretten missed all of last season after tearing a ligament in her knee during preseason workouts.

Fulford would like to see the team’s passing improve.

“If you don’t pass, you don’t have any offense,” Fulford said. “And we really won’t know about our defense until we see it in a game. A couple of people need to be more consistent with their hitting.”

Fulford said the team’s middle blockers “are really good and solid.”

Coach’s take:

“I think we will do well in D-II. We don’t know what a lot of the other teams are like. Winning the D-II championship — that’s my goal and I think it’s doable.”

Keith Kimberlin


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