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Sports preview: Girls’ volleyball looks to improve on 2015-2016 season


Head coach: Lori Trippi-Payne

Years coaching at BHS: 30th seasons at Batavia


Last season’s highlights:

Coach Tippi-Payne said that the previous year’s highlights were that the Bulldogs won against a few state-ranking schools such as West Aurora and Glenbard South. The team went 17-18 and lost in the IHSA regional quarterfinals against Plainfield North.

Top returnees:

This year Batavia has several top players that came back from last year. The three top returning players are Aasha Dave, Micaela Hix, and Sam Juarez. These three top players are ready and back for a new season.

Top newcomers:

This season there are many new players joining the varsity team. The new senior varsity players are Lia LoGiudice, Sidney Szorc, Isabel Cunningham, Annie Jordan, and Sara Prier. Then there are three sophomores joining varsity: Payton Sachse, Maddy Boyer, and Sierra Leatherman. 

Outlook for this season:

We will try to be over .500 for the season and we will try to finish higher in our conference with. Also, we are trying to play better at our tournaments.”

Top teams in your league/area:

This year two of the top teams are Geneva and St. Charles East, two nationally-ranked schools in the U.S. A few other solid schools in this area would be Metea Valley and West Aurora.

Top players in your league/area/state:

There are also a lot of great players in the Upstate Eight Conference this year. For Geneva, the top players are Grace Loberg, Ally Barrett, Julia Brown, and Ally Mullen. Then, for Naperville North, the top player is Sarah Kushner. Also for St. Charles East, the players are Morgan Kull, Kyla Augustine, and Emily Schildmeyer. The top two players for  St. Francis are Becca Fernandez and Laney Malloy.

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