Sherwood, with new coach Steve Suttich, has a strong group of returning players
by: DAN BROOD, BLOCK IT — Megan Van Noy (10) and Brooke Davis return for the Lady Bowmen.

SHERWOOD - There's a lot of newness going on when it comes to the Sherwood High School volleyball team.

There's a new head coach in Steve Suttich.

And there's the new system that Suttich is implementing.

Of course, there's the new league - the Class 5A Northwest Oregon Conference - that the Lady Bowmen will be playing in.

But, for all of that newness, the Sherwood squad will be boasting plenty of returning players - talented returning players.

'I'm a first-year coach and we're in a first-year league, but we've got a group of kids who are back,' Suttich said. 'A lot will depend how quickly they fit into the new system. It's very different from what they ran last year.'

Among the key returnees for Sherwood is senior outside hitter Whitney Ladzick (5-foot-9). Last year, Ladzick was a second-team All-Tri-Valley League selection for the Sherwood team that finished in a tie for fifth place in the TVL standings at 3-9.

Also back from last year is senior Emily Bailey (5-9), who was an honorable mention all-league pick last year. She'll be playing at middle blocker or right-side opposite this season.

The Lady Bowmen have another returning all-league pick in senior Lauren Royse (5-5), who was an honorable mention pick. She'll be playing at the libero spot again this year.

Sherwood has another returning starter in junior Megan Van Noy (5-8), who will be back at setter.

'She's doing well,' Suttich said. 'She's been playing setter in club ball.'

Another key returning player for Sherwood is junior Brooke Davis (5-10), who will be playing at either middle blocker or at outside hitter.

Senior defensive specialist Megan Foster (5-4) also returns from last year's varsity team.

Two other varsity returnees, senior defensive specialist Katrina Krempley (5-4) and junior outside hitter Jessi Ramp (5-8) are both looking to come back from injury.

Among the newcomers to the Sherwood varsity roster is sophomore Lauren Codling (5-10), who played at the junior varsity level last year. She'll be playing at outside hitter or at a middle blocker spot.

Also up from the JV is senior outside hitter Stephanie Burke (5-8). Junior setter Meagan Anderson, who also played for the JV squad last year, also moves up to varsity this season.

'I think our strength will be our overall play,' Suttich said. 'We have a fair amount of experienced players, and a lot of good players. We're not going to have to rely on any one person.'

The Bowmen, as part of NWOC, will have one familiar foe in Wilsonville, which tied for second place in the TVL last year. The rest of the league is made up of Century, Glencoe, Hillsboro, Liberty, Parkrose and St. Helens.

'I don't really know too much about the new league,' Suttich said. 'I'm hoping in the first half of league, we start understanding the system. Then, in the second half, we'd like to be competitive with everyone. We want to be one of the four teams that makes the playoffs, but we'll see. That's why you play.'

Sherwood opens its season today (Thursday) when it plays at the NWOC jamboree, starting at 4 p.m. at Wilsonville.

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