My colleague Debbie Schechter made a camp stop at Suffern this afternoon to get a glimpse of the Mounties in action. Here is Debbie’s report:
The Mounties return after falling short in the Section 1 Class AA semifinals to John Jay-East Fishkill one year ago. They return a lot of their offense, led by juniors Samantha Uline and Julia Hrycyk (seen below in this video by Debbie).
According to head coach Sean Barnes, they aren’t the only ones who can contribute on the front line. “A variety of hitters would be able to put the ball down,” Barnes said. “There are seven girls who can play the front row aggressively, block and put the ball down.”
Those other players include: Taylor Similla, who came up to varsity during the sectionals, Deja Smith, Alexis Cohen, Katie Conway and McKenna Clavell. Barnes said that Hrycyk will likely be the team’s setter this season.
Suffern has a strong belief that they can challenge for the title.
“I’m definitely excited,” Uline said. “I think we can go even farther this year. I think this team is going to grow and we will be a strong team this year.”
The Mounties will be participating in the 19th annual Alex Valow Memorial tournament hosted by Clarkstown South on September 28 and the 10th annual Panther Invitational on October 12. Suffern will also have a tough non-conference schedule with matches against Cornwall and Pelham.