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Monday, November 18, 2019

’Canes have experience

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty’s volleyball team brings plenty of experience heading into spring and that usually equates to success on the court.

With veteran coach Neiad Ammary entering his 15th season at the helm, the Hurricanes, who finished 10-8 last year, look to improve upon that mark and hopefully have a bigger push through the District 11 tournament.

“We are laden with upperclassmen who have a lot of varsity experience, so we’re looking to ensure that their careers end on a high note,” said Ammary. “With no real superstars but good balance and depth, it will take a full team effort to get the results we want. In keeping with our program’s tradition, we have invested a lot of time and energy toward improvement in the offseason, so we hope to make a deeper run into the postseason this year. At the same time, we recognize that the league will be especially competitive this year, with at least six or seven teams who could be very strong.”

Ammary will look to a large contingent of upperclassmen to lead this year’s squad including: Michael Vargas (setter), Moses Omwega (OH), Sam Capwell (MH), Gavyn Coleman (libero), Mitchell Murtha (OPP), AJ Muffley (OH), Danil Kurtz (OH/DS), Jacob Rachwal (DS) and Saab Saloum (setter).

New players include Ruiqi Wang (MH) and Devin Renninger (OH).

The senior group of Vargas, Omwega, Capwell, Coleman and Muffley will be who Ammary will lean on the most in order to compete in the East Penn Conference and district this season.

“While we have a few Division III prospects, our team features no superstars, so it will take a full team effort for us to achieve our goals,” he said. “We’re hoping to compete for EPC and District 11 titles. In order to do that, we’ll have to establish pressure from the service line and neutralize our opponents’ star players when we’re on defense. We’ll also need our own players to step up offensively and put the ball away in critical moments, which is something we failed to do last year.”