Jump Serve – Fort LeBoeuf

   August 9, 2013 8:00 am    0

 

Fort LeBoeuf Bison
Coach: LeAnn Johnson (8th season, 105-6)
2012 overall record: 21-0
2012 region record: 14-0 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Grove City, Slippery Rock and Meadville to win the District 10 Class AA championship. LeBoeuf then defeated Ambridge, Hopewell, Mars and Delone Catholic to win the PIAA Class AA championship.
Top players lost: Maria Peluso, Allania Banta, Amanda Krolczyk, Julie Luke, Julia Pace, Emma Veshecco
Top returning players: Abby Rose, Jolene Young, Courtney Oberlander, Larissa Cass
Assistant coaches: Rob Ciernakoski, Sean Johnson, Tara Kaczmarek
Outlook: Fort LeBoeuf made a historic run to the PIAA Class AA championship last fall. The Bison became the first Erie County team to win a girls volleyball state title. LeBoeuf has a strong group back to make another run this season but the Bison has some work to do to replace graduation losses. LeBoeuf lost six seniors, including District 10 player of the year Maria Peluso, an all-district and all-region selection. Peluso was named all-state along with libero Allania Banta. Julie Pace, Julia Luke and Emma Veshecco are gone as well as all-region second-team middle hitter Amanda Krolczyk. The Bison will have plenty of experience to turn to, including Abby Rose, Jolene Young, Courtney Oberlander and Larissa Cass. Young was voted to the all-region first team at middle hitter, while Cass was a second-team outside hitter and Rose was a second-team setter. The four standouts could be helped out by several new players to the varsity level. Michaela Banta is a junior defensive specialist, while Madison Lydic is a junior middle hitter. Sophomores Kaley Fucci (outside hitter) and Miranda Gulnac (right side hitter) could also help out as well. Seniors Caitlin Ebert and Alex Carroll also played in the state championship match last fall and will be big parts of this year’s team. The Bison will need a hitter to step up to replace Peluso and LeBoeuf also needs a right side hitter and defensive specialist to come up big this season. The Bison have natural fits in each position but no starting position will be safe in camp. LeBoeuf will have a target on its back after winning a state title last fall. The Bison have emerged as an annual contender in District 10 and with some new players stepping up this season, LeBoeuf could chase another state title as well.

Schedule
September
10 Iroquois* 7:15
12 Seneca* 7:15
17 at General McLane* 7:15
19 North East* 7:15
24 at Fairview* 7:15
26 Northwestern* 7:15
October
1 at Girard* 7:15
3 at Iroquois* 7:15
8 at Seneca* 7:15
10 General McLane* 7:15
15 at North East* 7:15
16 Fairview* 7:15
22 at Northwestern* 7:15
24 Girard* 7:15
*Region 5 matches

Later today: Franklin

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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