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Jump Serve: Northwestern

Northwestern Wildcats
Coach (season, record): Kara Gonzales (2nd season at Northwestern, 4th season overall, 3-13 at Northwestern, 9-35 overall)
2010 overall record: 3-13
2010 region record (place): 3-13 (tied for eighth)
2010 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Nicole Lockard, Erin Brockett
Top returning players: Ayrika Turner, Mackenzie Smith
Assistant coach: Anna Sabol
Outlook: Northwestern went through some tough times last year getting used to a new coach and system. The Wildcats won three matches but they are experienced this fall. Northwestern lost four seniors to graduation, including standouts Nicole Lockard and Erin Brockett, but there is plenty of depth back this season. Ayrika Turner and Mackenzie Smith lead a determined group of upperclassmen, while second-year coach Kara Gonzales is hoping to get some contributions from the lower levels. The Wildcats are in a brutal region with some of the district’s best teams making constant improvement tough to accomplish. Northwestern will focus on winning matches but getting the program to play at a high level and developing the underclassmen will be the keys this year.

6 at Fairview* 7:15
8 Corry* 7:15
13 at General McLane* 7:15
15 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:15
19 at Iroquois* 7:15
20 Girard* 7:15
22 Seneca* 7:15
29 at North East* 7:15
4 Fairview* 7:15
6 at Corry* 7:15
11 General McLane* 7:15
13 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:15
17 Iroquois* 7:15
18 at Girard* 7:15
20 at Seneca* 7:15
27 North East* 7:15

Tuesday: Reynolds, Rocky Grove, Saegertown

– Tom Reisenweber

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