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District 10 boys volleyball team previews

Click below for a look at the District 10 boys volleyball teams for the 2012 season: (Some teams did not submit rosters.)

Also, here’s a link to the D-10 volleyball season overview that was published in Wednesday’s Varsity edition:

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS BLUE DEVILS (AA)
Coach: Rick Welker (39th season)
Top players lost: 6 senior starters, including all-state pick John Turner, now playing volleyball at Thiel College.
Top returning players: Geoffrey Van Winkle (sr., only returning letterman); Michael Healy (jr., defensive specialist)
Assistant coaches: Randy Sovisky, John Turner, Randy Ferris
Outlook: The Blue Devils are very young. Sophomores Luke LeSuer, Alex Mailliard and Derek King and freshmen Jarred Ferris and Tyler Fiely figure to be big contributors.
Roster
No. Name, Yr. Pos.
1 Jarred Ferris, fr.    S
2 Alex Mailliard, so.     MH
3 Devin Moses, fr.    S
4 Douglas Birchard, fr.    L
5 Luke LeSuer, so.    OH
6 Michael Orr, so.    OH
7 Michael Healy, jr.    OH
8 Greg Humes, fr.    BCS
10 Jacob Meszaros, fr.     OH
11 Robbie Spence, fr.     MH
12 Jackson Miller, fr.    OH
13 Caleb Moyer, fr.    S
14 Tyler Fiely, fr.    MH
15 Geoff VanWinkle, sr.    OPP
17 Devin Walker, so.    MH
18 Derek King, so.    MH

 

COCHRANTON CARDINALS (AA)
Coach: Brad Custead (3rd season during second stint with Cochranton; 7th overall)
Top player lost: Ty Sheehan
Top returning player: Josh Oertly (sr., outside/middle hitter), Nick Dickson (so., setter), Logan Herzberger (so., outside hitter), Michael Shirey, (sr., outside hitter).
Top new players: Chad Eisenhooth, (so., middle hitter)
Outlook: The Cardinals lost Ty Sheehan, the Region 1 Player of the Year, to graduation. Josh Oertly is a returning team leader, but he has a hand injury and will undergo an MRI Wednesday to determine how long he will remain out.

 

CONNEAUT VALLEY INDIANS (AA)
Coach: John Chapman (10th season)
Top player lost: Zach Faust
Top returning players: Nolan Varee, Todd Lash
Assistant coach: Greg Gessner
Outlook: All-stater Nolan Varee is back to lead a predominantly young team.

 

FARRELL STEELERS (AA)
Coach: Dan Dragicevic (2nd season)
Varsity record as head coach: 4-10
Top players lost: D.J. Miller, Pat Horton
Top returning players: Jaylen Chambers; Anthony Perkins; Lawrence Hughes Jr; Tyrone Archie; Billy Carthorn; Jalen Scott
Top new players: Austin Pickens; Anthony Pegues Jr.; Dwayne Gavins; Trevor Austin
Assistant coaches: Robert Smith, Chris Summers, Art Hunyadi
Outlook: The Steelers’ program made some strides last season and could take another step up in the standings thanks to some players who gained plenty of experience in 2011.

 

FORT LEBOEUF BISON (AA)
Coach: Robert Cierniakoski (2nd season)
Varsity record as head coach: 2-8
Top players lost: Cody Stone, Ryan Binney
Top returning players: Caden Gilson (So.), Steven Sanden (Jr.)
Top new players: Travis Pietkiewicz (Fr.), Andrew Hicks (Fr.)
Assistant coaches: Derek Bidwell
Outlook: This is the Bison’s second year as an official program, and the player turnout in the program has doubled since the first year. With only one senior and three juniors on a 16-player roster, the Bison have an extremely young team. While that might cause some struggles this season, it provides optimism for the future of the program. The freshman class is a group to watch out for over the next couple years.

 

MAPLEWOOD TIGERS (AA)
Coach: Sheila Bancroft (seventh season)
Top players lost: Jake Snyder, Christian Brown
Top players returning: Austin Acel (sr., libero), Noah Kane (sr., outside hitter), Dean Lewis, (sr., middle hitter), Logan Battin (jr., middle hitter), Calum Hyde, (jr., outside hitter)
Top new players: Josh Lake (right-side hitter), Zak Dennis (defensive specialist)
Outlook: Maplewood has many skilled players returning, as evidenced by their No. 10 state ranking entering the season. The Tigers are coming off a strong performance in their own invitational in which they finished second, losing only to No. 1-ranked Ambridge. Maplewood’s strength is its balance. “We’re playing together as a team, which is unusual this early in the season,” coach Sheila Bancroft said. “We have a lot of offensive power, but no one is worried about who is getting the kills and who is getting the ball the most.” Senior middle hitters and Dean Lewis and Logan Battin both stand about 6 feet 2 inches and have power to match. Outside hitter Calum Hyde has excellent leaping ability while Austin Acel and Noah Kane are experienced seniors. “Our region is very competitive this year,” Bancroft said. “There are a lot of teams that are evenly matched.”
Roster:
No. Name, year    position
1 Zak Dennis, jr.    DS/S
2 Austin Acel, sr.    L
3 Jeremy Dahl, fr.    OH/S
4 Noah Kane, sr.    OH
5 Dean Lewis, sr.    MH
6 Hunter Weston, jr.    OPP
7 Ryan Humes, fr.    DS
8 Justin Dahl, jr.    S
9 Jeremy Parsons, so.    MH
10 Tyler Wetherbee, so.    S/OH
11 Dustin Delo, fr.    MH
12 Dane Barker, fr.    DS/S
13 Josh Lake, jr.    OPP
14 Calum Hyde, sr.    OH/MH
15 Logan Battin, jr.    MH

 

McDOWELL TROJANS (AAA)
Coach: Dean Platz
Top players lost: Dave Rion (Erie Times-News District 10 Player of the Year), Chris Mineo, Andy Milloy, Jake Keefer, Jake Bainbridge, Matt Twinem, Nick Sitter, Dan Clark
Top players returning: Ben Boncella, sr., Greg Cass, sr., Jesse Bloomster, jr., Greg Berry, jr.
Top new player: Cody Meyer, so.
Outlook: Coming off a Region 1 championship and an appearance in the PIAA Class AAA subregional final, McDowell lost all of its starters and nine regulars to graduation. The Trojans’ biggest loss was District 10 Player of the Year Dave Rion, a powerful 6-foot 8-inch hitter. The good news is that McDowell has potential, with five players standing from 6 foot 3 inches to 6 foot 5 inches. Platz is trying to develop two liberos and two setters, and if the team can build some chemistry, it could surprise some teams in Region 1.

 

MEADVILLE BULLDOGS (AA)
Coach: Ron Newman (1st season)
Top players lost: Taylor Willey, Ian Phillips, Tom Ness, Andrew Zelasco
Top returning players: Alex Minnis, Chris Allegretti, Jeremy Szitas, Travis Jensen (out with injury, could return in mid-May)
Top new players: Tyler Minnis, Matt Izbinski, Tom Leech, Rob Stainbrook, Mark Miller, Sam Wyman, Sam Hoefler.
Assistant coach: Joe Marstellar
Outlook: The Bulldogs finished second in the District 10 Class AA in 2011, and expectations are high this season. The team has strong senior leadership, led by District 10 Preseason Player of the Year Alex Minnis. Meadville showed its potential when it opened the season with a title in the Cambridge Springs Tournament.
Roster:
2 Sam Hoefler, so.
3 Zach Longstreth, jr.
4 Zane Wolf, fr.
5 Chris Allegretti, sr.
6 Kyle Rose, fr.
7 Tyler Minnis, jr.
8 Travis Jensen, sr.
9 Jeremy Szitas, sr.
10 Tyler Gorman, jr.
11 Dalton Zelasco, so.
12 Braden Smith, fr.
13 Matthew Izbinski, jr.
14 Michael Pollard, sr.
15 Robert Stainbrook, jr.
16 Tanner Stanton, so.
17 Sam Wyman, so.
18 Christopher Frost, sr.
21 Lee Harkless, sr.
22 Alex Minnis, sr.
23 Tom Leech, so.
24 Mark Miller, jr.
25 Tristan Shartle, fr.

 

ROCKY GROVE ORIOLES (AA)
Coach: C.P. Mooney (2nd season)
Top returning players: OH Jeremy Scott, OH A.J. Cooley, S Logan Mooney
Top new players: MH Noah Jones (6 foot 8 inches, from Franklin in co-op), MH Ben Janidlo; freshmen OH Cory Male, OH Sutton Adams, OH Hunter Sanner, S-DS Ty Mooney
Assistant coach: Chris Mooney
Outlook: The Orioles had a rough 2011 season and are hopeful that they will be improved this season. Rocky Grove received a big lift when Franklin basketball player Noah Jones, a 6-foot 8-inch hitter, went out for volleyball as part of the two schools’ co-op.
Roster

1    S    Logan Mooney    Jr.
2    S-DS  Ty Mooney    Fr.
3    DS    Josh Seyler    Jr.
4    OH    Keven Kaylor    So.
7    MH    A.J. Cooley    Jr.
8    OH    Jeremy Scott    Jr.
9    OH     Cory Male    Fr.
11    OH    Tyler Powell    Sr.
12    S-OH    Sutton Adams    Fr.
13    OH    Andrew Grossi    Jr.
14    MH    Abe Lewis    So.
15    MH    Eric Mailliard    So.
16    S- OH    Jace Junk    Jr.
17    MH    Ben Janidlo    Jr.
18    OH     Nick Mook    Jr.
19    MH    Noah Jones    Jr.
20    OH    Hunter Sanner    Fr.

 

SAEGERTOWN PANTHERS (AA)
Coach: Justin Johnson (10th season)
Top players lost: Jason Amy (outside hitter, setter), Casey Handel (outside hitter), Clay Dawson (libero), Travis Hayes (setter, defensive specialist)
Top returning players: Connor Shorts (sr., outside hitter), Mike Callan (sr., libero) Justin Griffith (sr., outside hitter), Shane Rigby (jr., middle hitter), Dustin Pavlik (jr., outside hitter)
Top new players: Jeff Mattocks (middle hitter), Greg Bras (middle hitter), Ross Ferguson (setter)
Assistant coach: Tim Houck
Outlook: The Panthers face a similar situation to last season when one of their star players entered the season with an injury. In 2011, Jason Amy missed most of the regular season with a knee injury, forcing Saegertown to develop young depth. When Amy returned, the Panthers rolled to a District 10 title and a PIAA Class AA runner-up finish. This year, senior standout Justin Griffith is out with a broken ankle and might not return until the postseason, so inexperienced players must emerge. In addition to Amy, the Panthers lost Casey Handel and Clay Dawson. “We’re replacing a lot of people who handled the ball last season,” coach Justin Johnson said. “If we can keep getting better and better, I think we’ll do very well.” Saegertown has had mixed results early in the season as young players gain experience. Outside hitters Connor Shorts and Dustin Pavlik, libero Mike Callan and middle hitter Shane Rigby must lead the Panthers during Griffith’s absence.

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