Posted On: 12/29/21 9:14 AM

Division 3 saw a surprise winner in the 2021 season, as Reese danced its way to the championship.

It was a great story for the Rockets, but as we look ahead to 2022, it seems it will be hard for Reese to repeat.

The Rockets graduate eight seniors this spring, leaving the door wide open for a new champion next fall.

Here’s a look at five teams that were in the mix in 2021 that should again be in the mix next November.

SMCC

Not many knew what to expect from the Kestrels in 2021. Fielding a very inexperienced squad, SMCC still managed to reach the Division 3 final for a third straight season and nearly won its third straight title. In 2022, the Kestrels should definitely be the team to beat. Leading the way will be a pair of sophomore hitters in Jessica Costlow Jessica Costlow 5'9" | OH SMCC | 2025 MI and McKenna Payne McKenna Payne 5'7" | DS/L SMCC | 2025 MI , both of which were among the top freshmen performers in the state this fall. While still losing a key senior setter, middle and defender, the Kestrels will bring back 11 from their 2021 roster.

McBain

The Ramblers reached their second-ever semifinal this past fall and should definitely be

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