Volleyball Begins Fall with Three Freshman on Roster
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The Navy volleyball team opened its 2017 fall training camp on Tuesday with a series of practices at the Wesley A. Brown Field House. This year’s squad includes three recruited freshmen on the current roster.
Montag is a 5-10 outside hitter from Mira Costa High School and the Sunshine Volleyball Club. She helped Mira Costa to league titles in both 2015 and 2016, received all-league recognition as both a junior and senior and garnered First-Team All-CIF laurels during her final campaign. Montag also helped lead her club team to a third-place showing in its division at the 2016 Junior Olympics.
“Amanda is all about firepower and offense from the left antenna,” said Navy head coach Larry Bock. “She provides us an additional ability to terminate plays from that side. She comes to us from a background of playing at a high level in both high school and club ball. Though Division I is another step-up for her, we feel she will be comfortable in our practice gym and in the Patriot League.”
Sgattoni, also a 5-10 outside hitter, earned four letters in volleyball at Baldwin High School. The team posted back-to-back undefeated seasons (49-0) in winning league titles in 2014 and ‘15. The two-time league player of the year also garnered all-league accolades in each of her final three seasons. Additionally, her club team, Renaissance Volleyball, placed fifth at the 2016 Girls Junior National Championship.
“Maddi simply wins,” said Bock. “That is in her DNA, and we feel that will be really clear over the course of her career at Navy. She is just a doggone good volleyball player who passes, attacks, serves and defends at a level that makes her an immediate asset to our current team and long-term program.”
Taylor, a 6-3 opposite hitter, was a multi-sport athlete at Mankato East High School. She was named the MVP of her volleyball team three times and earned the same honor in basketball during her senior year. Taylor also was part of a softball team that won a sectional crown. She helped lead her Northern Lights club volleyball team to an AAU national title.
“We know Allie brings much needed altitude to the team,” said Bock. “She will predictably be playing close to 10 feet all of the time. That is something this team can use. She is an important addition in a myriad of ways.”
Bock feels the trio of freshmen will dovetail nicely with the returners, which consists of all but one starter from the 2016 squad that posted a 20-9 overall record and placed fourth in the Patriot League with a 10-6 record.
“For the most part,” said Bock, who is entering his seventh season on The Yard, “the returners appear to be in better volleyball shape for the first day of practice than in any of my previous seasons here. It looks as if they –– again, for the most part –– did a good job this summer of physically preparing for volleyball. They even got together and trained as a group not that long ago. All of that has the potential to pay dividends down the road, but right now we are still just getting into the car and haven’t yet started to head to that road.”
Navy opens its 2017 season by playing host to the Kristen Dickmann Invitational Aug. 25-26 in Alumni Hall. Akron, Maryland Eastern Shore, Saint Francis U. and the Mids will play a round robin over the course of the two-day event.