"There is a lot of experience on the team," Pearl River Head Coach Brianna Kenna said. "That's something we're working with, stepping up our defense, but also our offense, with the plays we're running."
Kenna said most of the current team has the chemistry built through playing together since they were on the modified team.
"Overall, it's their maturity level and their understanding and ability to play together," Kenna said. "We have a lot of chemistry and that's huge on the court."
Senior setter Mandy McCarthy will take on an even larger role after sharing setting duties with Grix at times last season. Senior right side hitter Toni Glielmi will also be a key to the Pirates' attack.
Even with all the seniors, juniors Haley Giaramita, Jackie Screene and Sarah Henry could also make an impact for the Pirates.
Pearl River opens the season 4 p.m. Monday against East Ramapo at Spring Valley, then faces Clarkstown South at home 4 p.m. Tuesday.
2013 Pearl River Girls Volleyball Roster
- Kayla Clohessy, outside hitter
- Katie Delaney, right side hitter
- Tara Dulak, middle hitter
- Antonia Glielmi, right side hitter
- Caroline Kardashian, defense
- Samantha Lieberman, defense
- Mandy McCarthy, setter
- Danielle Muchoe, right side hitter
- Maria Stokes, middle hitter
- Shaylin Venitelli, defense
- Nicole Ferreira, right side hitter
- Haley Giaramita, outside hitter
- Sarah Henry, outside hitter
- Madison Herdemian, defense
- Liz Partridge, right side hitter
- Jackie Screene, defense
- Madison Gerace, defense