Coast Guard which finished 22-9 overall last season and 5-5 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) returns a trio of starters while also welcoming seven freshmen to the program for the 2014 season.
The Bears, who don't have a senior on the roster, must replace a pair of first team All-conference performers in Kelsey DePorto and Samantha Marmolejo.
"We are going to have a lot of players contribute this season," said Coast Guard head coach Aylene Ilkson in her second season. "We have healthy competition at every spot on the court this season and anyone could play on any given day."
Middle blockers sophomore Susan West and junior Ashley Dumont will anchor the Coast Guard offense. West returns after an outstanding freshman season in which she registered 254 kills, 180 digs, 41 blocks and 31 aces appearing in 107 games. Dumont who led the team with a .280 hitting percentage last year hopes to exceed expectations and become a dominate force in the middle.
Junior setter Maggie Hine, who led the team with 1,036 assists to go with 70 kills is also back to direct the Bears offense this season. Hine will not only serve as setter but play an important role becoming a mentor for freshman setter Michelle Hernandez as she adjusts to the speed and aggressive play of the Coast Guard offense.
Freshman defensive specialist Michelle McGill is expected to see plenty of time while junior Emily Gilland and sophomores Michaela McKeown and Miranda Brumbaugh will all battle for time defensively this season.
"This team has fantastic group chemistry and they are very supportive of each other. We are young, promising and highly motivated to prove something within the NEWMAC and New England volleyball," said Ilkson. "They know what it takes to win, but they also realize that it may take some time to develop."
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