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Two experienced seniors returning to help lead the Mount St. Dominic girls volleyball are the outside hitter Kaitlyn Finn (left)and middle blocker Kahaia Zoelkl. (Photos by Bill Allen/NJSportAction.NET)

Experienced Squad Returns
For Mount Girls Volleyball
By Bill Allen

CALDWELL- - Talk about a roller-coaster ride.

After going 31-1 overall and garnering myriad championships in 2013, the girls volleyball team from Mount Saint Dominic Academy graduated virtually all of its players with any varsity experience at all and then got off to a 2-8 start last year, before bouncing back to reach 14-14 and then ending the 2014 season at 14-17.

Given that set of facts, it's pretty much anyone's guess as to what the current campaign has in store for the Lady Lions.

“We graduated six seniors, but only three starters, from last year's team, so we do have some experienced players back,” said veteran MSDA head coach Marybeth Olsinski Sabates, adding, “We've got some good hitters and blockers, but we're really going to have to work on receiving serves and making passes.

“The girls are really just beginning to know each other as teammates and communication will be a big key for us.

“If we want to have a winning season, we're really going to have to come together quickly and not have a slow start the way we did last year.”

Among those who are expected to see varsity playing time are: Kerry McCauly, a 6-1 junior middle hitter from West Caldwell, and Jessica Sanderson, a 5-6 frosh outside hitter from North Caldwell, along with 5-8 senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Finn, 5-10 senior middle blockers Katie Roake and Kahaia Zoelkl, 5-7 offside hitter Isabel Stocker and 5-7 senior setter Mary Demo.

The Lady Lion volleygirls are slated to begin their 2015 campaign by traveling to take on Bloomfield on Friday, Sept. 4, with a home court contest against Montclair Kimberley Academy set for Thursday, Sept. 10, while Saturday, Sept. 19, will see the Mount joining crosstown competitor Caldwell, Verona and Cedar Grove at the annual NJSportAction.NET Invitational Tournament in West Caldwell.

Mount St. Dominic girls volleyball hopes to return to the type of success it enjoyed as one of the state's top teams back in 2013.

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