Head coach: Renee Gillen (first year)
Last year’s record: 13-3
Playoff result: lost to Hudson Falls in Class B Sectional finals
Returning starters: Cassy Brown (middle hitter), Madison Fariello (outside hitter/defensive specialist), Sydney Rogers (outside hitter/defensive specialist), Eliana Fraser (middle hitter), Adrienne Morreale (outside hitter/defensive specialist), Lilian Mitchell (setter), Allison McDonald (outside hitter)
Graduated: Kayla Weaver (setter), Olivia Casey (outside hitter/defensive specialist), Tessa Brody (outside hitter/defensive specialist)
Newcomers: Sophia Rogers (outside/middle hitter), Kassandra Cassella (outside hitter), Danika Dygon (outside hitter), Macy Bollart (middle hitter)
Outlook for season: Gillen said the team is adjusting well to having her as its new head coach.
“The kids have been working extremely hard,” said Gillen. “We are lucky to return seven experienced players to help our new members attain the same success they have [had] in the past.”
Gillen said she likes what she has seen out of the veterans.
“I am expecting to see some great things out [of] Cassy Brown this year. She is coming off an injury and has been training all summer to get herself back to 100 percent,” said Gillen. “Madison Fariello comes in with three years of varsity experience. She is my all around player. She can play any position I ask her to and play it very well.
“I can’t say enough about the speed and strength of Eliana Fraser. I expect to see a lot of great plays, both offensively and defensively, out of my sister [duo], Sydney and Sophia Rogers. I have all the confidence in the world in my setter, Lilian Mitchell. She is currently my only ‘quarterback’ for the season, but I know that she will step up to the plate and lead her team well,” Gillen added. “We also return Adrienne Morreale, who shocks me with her athleticism and speed in practice. She has an amazing reaction time.”
Gillen said she believes the Patriots have what it takes to get back to the Sectional final this year.
“We have a lot of power and are very quick,” said Gillen. “I am very excited to see what these girls can do when it comes to game time.”