Girls volleyball season is almost upon us with practices starting to take place next week which means it is conference preview time! We will be breaking down each conference and looking at the favorites, potential dark horses and players to keep an eye on through this Fall 2021 season. Up first, the Burlington County Scholastic League or BCSL for short.
In a shortened and condensed high school season, the team that came out on top in the regular season was West Windsor-Plainsboro South with a 10-1 overall record and finishing 9-0 in conference play. Remember, teams did not play the same amount of games and everything was mostly determined by winning percentage. It may not be as drastic as the spring season but I would expect percentage to be the main area to see who will be crowned champions.
West Windsor-Plainsboro South
The best way to start is to talk about the defending regular season champs. A squad that is deep but will be losing two senior leaders in Alisa Vukovic and Varsha Gollarhalli. The team is reliant on a two headed monster returning in Sibana Gonzalez and Skylar Hendrick. The squad is talented and deep, they will be right there when everything is said and done.
A team from a year ago that took hit from COVID due to scheduling and time off. Moorestown is a squad to be certainly in the mix at the end of the BCSL season. The team played only 3 regular season games including a four-week layoff and still managed a semifinal run in the NJSIAA Tournament. A squad only four seniors from the spring should be ready to rock-and-roll led by.
Many can argue did Rancocas Valley underachieved in the spring finishing just above .500 and a disappointing first round exit from the NJSIAA tournament. However, that does mean this team could not make a run at the crown this season. A very young squad with talent and a majority of their core returning. This team will be a tough out led in conference play.
Sterling has plenty of firepower on the outside especially with hitters. The question will be can they have a young setter come in and deliver for them. Lost both of their senior setters but the team has offensive firepower all across the court. They are going to surprise some people and be competitive again this season.
Players to Watch
Allison Kowalewski (Sterling; OH)
Maria Theruviparmbi (West Windsor-Plainsboro South; MB)
Sofie Ragins (Hopewell Valley; OH)
Chantal Galarza Ramirez (Florence; DS/L)
Olivia Colling (Rancocas Valley; S)