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Volleyball - Hurricanes could be a surprise

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Potential might be the key word when describing Liberty’s volleyball team this season.

The Hurricanes return six starters from last season, but lost their most important offensive piece in all-star Samwel Omwega to graduation following last year’s 12-6 campaign.

But the Hurricanes have always been consistent under head coach Neiad Ammary and should be considered in the top tier of teams heading into this season, as Ammary is confident this year’s group can put results together to keep them in the conversation.

“This year’s roster probably features more depth than Liberty has ever had,” said Ammary. “Everyone on the roster spent a lot of time training throughout the offseason, so we’re eager to see how that might translate into regular season success. The loss of Omwega to graduation leaves a big void for us offensively, since he was responsible for the majority of our production in 2017. We’ll be replacing him by committee and playing time will mostly be decided by who has the hot hand on any given day.”

The six starters back for Liberty are middle blockers Amadeus Cannon and Simeon Martinez, setter Michael Vargas, opposite Dan Bieniek, libero Gavyn Coleman, and defensive specialist Jacob Rachwal.

Ammary is also intrigued by a handful of young impact players in outside hitters Danil Kurtz, Logan Wiseman, Mitchell Murtha, A.J. Muffley, opposite Moses Omwega and middle blocker Sam Capwell.

“Cannon and Vargas are two of the league’s best at their positions and what’s especially exciting is that only Cannon, Martinez, and Bieniek are seniors,” Ammary said. “If we can get the right combination of guys on the court at the right times, we may have the potential to compete for a league and district title this season. I believe if we strive for that, we’ll be contending with the area’s other top teams for championships come the end of the season.”