WRITTEN BY JULIA GIAMMONA

The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers women’s volleyball team is looking to bounce back from a harsh 2013 season. These girls have been hard at work all summer long and they get to hit the court for real on Friday August 29 when they play their first match in the Hofstra University Invitational.
The Terriers are coming off a season where they went (7-25) overall and (3-11) in NEC. Since 2005 they have had an overall losing record so it is clear that there is certainly room for improvement.

With a new coaching staff in place and incoming freshmen outside hitters Sarina Rozek and Brooke Haliscak, new blood may just be what the team needs.

Rozek, former Fort Hamilton High School’s volleyball star, was recently honored by Time Warner Cable/NY1 as a Scholar Athlete of the week. As captain, she led her team to back-to-back PSAL championships.

In an interview with SFCathletics.com, junior middle hitter Maggie Niu said, ‘”Sarina {Rozek} has impressed me with her passing ability. Every practice I try to ace her and every practice she surprises me and gets at least a two ball pass on any serve I give her.”‘

As for Haliscak, she was co-captain of her team at La Vernia High School in Texas. While playing high school volleyball, Haliscak assisted her team to four district championships and two area championships.

Junior middle hitter Maggie Niu and junior outside hitter Nicole Glaz are returning players we need to keep an eye out for. Last season Niu had a great year. She played in a team high 111 sets and finished with the team lead in kills with 268, averaging 2.41 per set, and had a total of 53 blocks.

Glaz is returning from a torn ACL which kept her out for the entire 2013 season. It will be interesting to see how she performs on the court this year.

Middle hitter Jillian Tracy and outside hitter Ali Long will be playing their last season of volleyball at SFC, as they are expected to graduate this year. Tracy appeared in 107 sets during her junior season; she led the team with 98 blocks, and recorded 80 kills. As for Long, she appeared in 26 sets last season and registered 28 digs.

Hopefully we will see improvements all around this season. It will be very exciting to witness how the Terrier’s perform as a team under their new coaching staff. It also will be fun to watch their talented freshmen contribute to what we hope will be a more successful season than the last.

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