The Montgomery County Community College Mustangs women's volleyball team is looking with high hopes towards its fourth collegiate season.
The Mustangs women's volleyball team has been a program to contend with since its 2010 inaugural year, having collected two championship titles and making an appearance in the Region 19 Final Four last season, even with 2 starters sidelined due to injuries.
The team returns four starters, three of which were selected for conference and regional awards. Sophomore Jenn Casatelli will run the offensive lineup as the starting setter. "Jenn is a highly positive player with natural athletic ability. I have confidence she will excel in this role" says Coach Volpe. Casatelli was named All-Conference during her high school play.
Standout offensive player Liz Herezi returns in the offensive lineup. Herezi was named Montgomery Offensive Player of the Year, as well as All-Region First Team and All-Conference Second Team last season.
Also returning is All-Tournament selection Alex Griffin, who returns on the outside for the Mustangs bringing valued experience and knowledge. Opposite will be anchored by returner Kendall Gazzo who was named All-Region Second Team last season.
Coach Volpe says of her returners, "They are very well rounded athletes, excelling in both offense and defense. Mentally they push and challenge themselves and in turn the others around them, resulting in very competitive and driven team."
Incoming for the team are middle hitter Maggie Lesinksi (Collegeville, Pope John Paul II), outside hitter Courtney Gill (Hatfield, North Penn), outside hitter Jodi Hillsinger (Collegeville, Methacton) defensive player Julie Hunsberger (Norristown, Methacton), and middle Krysta Wellington (King of Prussia, Upper Merion). Lesinski was a member of PJP's 2012 District Championship team and finished fourth in the state. Wellington and Gazzo were members of the Upper Merion 2011 team that finished fifth in the state. Gill was named Honorable Mention for her Senior All-Conference play at North Penn in 2012. Hillsinger and Hunsberger were both members of the Methacton program that achieved runner up status in their conference play.
"This incoming group of athletes holds a wealth of potential having both high level high school experience and club experience. I am excited to see what they will add to the team this year," says Coach Volpe.
The 2013 Mustangs are again dedicating all home matches to Hunger Awareness and will be sporting green socks at their home games. They ask that all in attendance make an effort to bring canned food items that will be collected and donated to a local food pantry.
Coach Volpe says, "It is with determination that we set our eyes and hearts on the competitive tradition of past volleyball squads at Montgomery. We will focus on each game as a step towards Region XIX championship play and hopefully a title once again. My college coach Mark Birtwistle used to emphasize to us a pride in our team and a determination to make progress each year, and that is what I am instilling in my athletes. Go Mustangs!"