After having its streak of nine straight winning seasons snapped last season, the Riverside volleyball team is looking to get back on track this fall.
The Beavers, who finished 5-18 overall and 4-8 in the Western Reserve Conference, return five starters from last season and seven others with varsity experience for first-year head coach Jess Marut.
“The sky’s the limit for our team this year,” Marut said. “We were extremely active this summer with summer league, camps, and tournaments that I feel we are game ready after only two practices.”
Riverside’s projected starters include seniors Hannah Creveling, Meridan Vosicky, Emma Brennan, and Sam Volpe, juniors Bree Herman and Savanah Laurenty, and sophomore Courtney Johnson.
Creveling and Volpe are outside hitters, Vosicky is a middle hitter, and Brennan is a defensive specialist/libero. Herman is a defensive specialist/libero, Laurenty is a right-side hitter, and Johnson is the team’s setter.
Marut also expects juniors Chloe Tomaszewski (S), Sarah Fulton (RH), Riley Horvat (MH), and Paige Puhalsky (OH), and sophomore Jessie Yanchar (DS/L) to contribute.
“We plan to raise the level of our volleyball IQ,” Marut said. “Riverside Volleyball has always had skilled players, now we are looking to add game plans and tactics to our play. We need to go into every game and compete like we do in practice.”