2023 Upper Valley high school fall sports guide: volleyball

Hanover libero Braelyn Pearl (2) jumps to high five head coach Hunter Gosselin before the start of a game against Manchester High School West at Hanover High School in Hanover, N.H., on Thursday, August 31, 2023. Hanover won, 3-0. (Valley News / Report For America - Alex Driehaus) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Hanover libero Braelyn Pearl (2) jumps to high five head coach Hunter Gosselin before the start of a game against Manchester High School West at Hanover High School in Hanover, N.H., on Thursday, August 31, 2023. Hanover won, 3-0. (Valley News / Report For America - Alex Driehaus) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Hanover setter Laura Schaner bumps the ball during a game against Manchester High School West at Hanover High School in Hanover, N.H., on Thursday, August 31, 2023. Hanover won, 3-0. (Valley News / Report For America - Alex Driehaus) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Hanover setter Laura Schaner bumps the ball during a game against Manchester High School West at Hanover High School in Hanover, N.H., on Thursday, August 31, 2023. Hanover won, 3-0. (Valley News / Report For America - Alex Driehaus) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Alex Driehaus

Published: 09-11-2023 12:43 PM

HANOVER

Coach: Hunter Gosselin (1)

Last year: 6-9, lost in first round to ConVal.

League: NHIAA Division II.

Returners: Seniors — Rosa Bradley (OPP), Annika Lackstrom (MB), Ada Callaway (MB). Juniors — Laura Schaner (S), Dylan Simpkins (OH).

Newcomers: Senior — Tara Marshall (DS). Juniors — Brealyn Pearl (L), Mackenzie Loughman (DS). Sophomores — Elin Molina (OH), Claire Starosta (OH), Kate Wehmeyer (L), Rachel Kohl (OPP).

Outlook: It’s a relatively new-look Bears squad this fall under a new coaching staff, and even some of the returners are playing new positions. Seven seniors have departed from last year’s Hanover team.

“We are still working on getting to know our players and our team’s strengths and weaknesses,” Gosselin said. “It will be interesting to see how on-court chemistry develops throughout the season. No matter where I have switched them around on the court, they each have stepped up for the challenge.”

HARTFORD

Coach: Megan Geiselhart (1)

Article continues after...

Yesterday's Most Read Articles

Kenyon: How much do Upper Valley landlords have to raise rents to stay in business?
Goose Pond drawdown alters landscape
Lebanon halts paving of Miracle Mile due to asphalt mistake
Residents question Hartford’s payout to former superintendent
Editorial: Hartford school officials need to explain superintendent's departure
Microbrewery proposes tasting room for downtown Enfield

Last year: Club team only; this is the program’s first varsity season.

League: VPA Division I.

Roster: Senior — Alaina Laplante. Juniors — Felicity Adams, Alex Braley, Melodie Dansereau, Lillian Parker, Norah Wood. Sophomores — Isabella Trombley, Charlotte Winn.

Outlook: After just one season as a club-only program, the Hurricanes will compete as a full VPA member with a full schedule.

“We have a solid group of athletes who are working positively as a team and cultivating a growth mindset culture,” said Geiselhart, who is taking over as head coach for Carlin Martinez. “The athletes made this team sport of volleyball happen with the support of families and the school district.”

By Benjamin Rosenberg