Strong Preseason Sets Up Success for Girls’ Volleyball

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Photo courtesy of Coach Mooney. The varsity team (on the left) with Moorestown’s varsity team after our recent Breast Cancer fundraiser event.

The girls’ volleyball team is back this fall with an impressive record of 12-8 in comparison to last year’s 8-13 season. This season has been an adjustment for some, due to previous years’ COVID-19 restrictions and the graduation of eight seniors on the team last June. 

With an upcoming match against Gloucester Catholic on Friday, the girls continue to work together and build their skills. Lillian Surma, a junior and first-year varsity player, attributes the team’s success to their capability to work well as a team.

“We’re really good in general working together…we can just keep up the positivity,” Surma said.

Brian Mooney, the team’s head coach, said the girls had a successful preseason and foresees that it will make way for a better season.

“We never had a more productive preseason prior to this one, and that has set us up for additional success,” Mooney said.

The girls’ success is apparent as they swept both matches against STEMCivics, Pennsauken, and Burlington City this season.

While upcoming matches will determine whether or not the team will advance to playoffs, the girls are currently third in the BCSL Freedom division behind Burlington Township and Sterling. 

“We put up a good fight, this whole season and we’re really hoping to win our division,” senior captain Samantha Muraresku said.

Muraresku leads the team with the most kills (91) while senior Nicole Howe has surpassed her own record of 130 assists last year with 140 assists so far this season.

With six seniors and three juniors on the team, the girls will need to rely on their competitiveness and underclassmen next season to continue their success.