The St. Lucy’s girls volleyball team graduated its top three players, including reigning Daily Bulletin Player of the Year, setter Jackie Macy. But somehow the two-time defending CIF-Southern Section champions return six starters.
“Well, we rotate so much that I call them starters,” St. Lucy’s coach Sean Douglas said. “They played all the time last year.”
Incorporated with the remaining veterans will be 6-foot-2 freshman opposite hitter Loryn Carter, who will replace graduated CIF-SS Player of the Year Jasmine Warmington. Carter’s club team won a national championship last season. Sophomore setter Juliet McClure, who was brought up to the varsity last season, will replace Macy.
They will have plenty of talent to show them the way, including captains Sydney Bast and Arden Davis. Both had key roles in the last two CIF-SS championship teams. Senior outside hitter Vanessa Caustrita and junior Veronica LaPierre, both of whom were primary options last season, will provide much of the offense. Marissa Hageman and Dianna Rohrer supply ample height in the middle.
“Now that we’ve won two (championships) there is a legacy here,” Douglas said. “The girls know how they’re supposed to act here and it has trickled down. And the younger girls, they have CIF rings, but they want to win one so it’s their ring.”