RIVERSIDE – After an injury-riddled season, the Riverside Brookfield girls volleyball team is hoping a healthier roster will lead to more success.
Senior returners Amy Frey and Amanda Lelivelt are expected to lead the RB squad this season, but the Bulldogs will receive a boost in the form of senior outside hitter Monica Kasper, who missed the 2012 season with a knee injury and will be making her varsity debut this fall. Coach Dan Bonarigo expects her to be one of the leaders of the team.
Frey also missed some time last season with a back injury and will lead the offense as the setter. Lelivelt is a three-year starter in the middle.
"I think we've got a good core that's returning," Bonarigo said. "I definitely think we've got a good team. We're just young."
Outside hitter Kayla Noffsinger is the only other senior on the roster. Juniors Lana Herrmann and Paola Lehman saw some varsity time last season.
The Bulldogs are hoping to contend for a regional a conference title this year. As a former defensive player, Bonarigo takes pride in his team's ability to play sound defense.
"One of our hallmarks as a program that last few years is to be a strong defensive team and I think that's going to continue to be our calling card," he said.
Riverside Brookfield at a glance
2012 record: 24-13, 9-3 MSC
Top returners: Amy Frey sr. S Lana Herrmann jr. MH Paola Lehman jr. OH Amanda Lelivelt sr. MH Kayla Noffsinger sr. OH
Promising newcomers: Olivia Gyssler so. S Monica Kasper sr. OH Nicole Labelle so. MH