September 6, 2013 at 5:00 AM
CHATHAM, NJ - Coach Anna Amster has high hopes for the veterans of the Chatham High girls volleyball team.
"We have a lot of talent on this team and I'm looking forward to the seniors having a good and memorable season," Amster said. "I think we've matured as individual players. I expect the senior class to build on the experience they gained last season."
There are 10 seniors on the varsity roster and Amster is counting on them to take charge when Chatham opens its season at New Providence on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Grace Hauck, Charlotte Zukaucka, Colleen Mulvaney and Candace DeVito are senior middle hitters for Chatham. Zukaucka and Mulvaney are returning starters. The senior liberos are Natalie Schroder, Hailey McDonough and Grayson Fish.
Caroline Beardsley and Zoe Ryan are senior outside hitters and classmate Jasmine Richardson is an opposite.
"Charlotte (Zukaucka) and Colleen (Mulvaney) have worked very, very hard on their games and it will show in their performance," Amster said.
The setter is Carolyn Johnson, a junior, and she's joined by Lisa Steward, the lone freshman on the varsity squad.
"She's good and she could be great," Amster said of Steward. "It's challenging for someone that young, but she has a good head on her shoulders. I believe she can handle the responsibility and she's working very hard to improve."
Junior Noelle Burger is a welcome additon at middle hitter after missing all of last season with a knee injury.
"I'm expecting her to be a powerful middle this year and for years to come," Amster said. "She worked hard in the offseason to get back on the court. The sky is the limit for her; she has a lot of potential."
Other juniors to watch include outside hitter Ella Maddi and opposites Sarah Prill and Olivia Diaz-Saavedra.