Valley Volleyball looks to build off of strong defense


Ava Kim

The team celebrates after winning a point.

Ethan Perlman, Assistant Sports Editor

Coach: Katlyn Rivera, 10th season coaching at PV, 4th season as head coach

Last Season’s Record: 10-4

Key Returners: Sabrina Arcilla (Jr., Libero), Taylor Grady (Jr., Right Hitter and Setter), Nicole Buckley (Sr., Hitter), Dara Viganola (Sr., Defensive Specialist), Kaleigh Higgins (Sr., Setter), Noelle Solimano (Jr.), Sabrina Hirsch (Sr.)

Key Losses: Jenna Joroff, Nicole Perrone, Shayne Flanagan, Sam Tarna

Key Newcomers: Grace Misha (Jr.), Evelyn Cymerman (Jr.), Tegan Feeley (So.)

Strength of team: The team’s defense as a unit and their experience is where the team’s strength is. The team is also very strong at serving.

Weakness of team: The team’s weakness would be hitting and their offense. They do not have much height as well.

Outlook on the season: Rivera’s expectations for this season are to compete with every team. Rivera is hoping to be competitive with two top teams in their league, Northern Valley Old Tappan and Northern Valley Demarest.

Coach’s Comment: “We did not get to do much over the offseason, [like] the summer league we usually do, because of Covid,” Rivera said. “Otherwise, a lot of girls play club during the offseason, so the girls were still working hard.”

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