The sports staff at The Journal News compiled a list of athletes to watch in 2014 — athletes who could end up having extremely bright careers in their respective sports. We tried keeping the list pretty tight for each sport, but two volleyball players made the cut. Read the lede and bio on two players below:
If you are a regular reader of The Journal News or visitor to lohud.com, you have no doubt seen the names.
Mary Cain. Saniya Chong. Khalil Edney. Colin Moran. They are all prominent athletes from the Lower Hudson Valley who dominated the headlines in 2013.
With 2014 upon us, there surely will be other athletes tied to our communities who make it impossible for us to look away as they craft their own legacies. With that thought in mind, we have developed a list of “Ones to Watch” in 2014. And you can bet there will be others we have missed as the action unfolds over the next 12 months at courts, fields and rinks near and far.
So have a look at our list. Some of the names might be familiar. Others, not so much.
At least, for now.
Why: The bar has been set high for this eighth-grader. Oldest sister Vivian, a sophomore at the University of Virginia and the oldest of the three Burcescu sisters, set single-game, single-season and career kills records at Panas before her graduation in 2012. Each of those records was broken by Brigitte, a senior who has signed a letter of intent to play next fall at Northeastern.
Watch for: Eyes will be on the 5-foot-10 hitter (pictured right) to lead a rebuilding Panthers program. She saw plenty of playing time as an eighth-grader, a feat neither of her sisters accomplished. She appears to be well on her way to rewriting the school’s record books.
Why: The 6-foot-2 junior earned first-team all-state honors after leading Haldane to its second Class D state volleyball title in three years. She has exceptional power, and she’s an excellent blocker, setter and passer. She already has drawn interest from about 50 schools — approximately 40 of them Division I programs.
Watch for: The Blue Devils should be strong contenders for another state title thanks to Vahos (pictured above), whose leadership and well-rounded skill set figure to attract even more collegiate suitors.
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