- Teams & Schedules
- King of Prussia
- Rich Johnson – 18 Orange
- Ambrose Crenshaw-18 Orange
- Pat Rucker – 18 Navy
- Roger Dietz – 18 Navy
- Naomi Buckwalter – 18 Navy
- Lindsey Prall – 17 Orange
- Brett Hoffman – 17 Orange
- Jolen Aldaya – 17 Navy
- George Trabosh – 16 Orange
- Lisa Campbell — 16 Orange
- Ulana Keer – 16 Navy
- Kristin Hanratty — 16 Navy
- Kaitlyn Ott — 16 Navy
- Brian McCann – 15 Orange
- Alison Krick – 15 Orange
- Michael Nguyen – 15 Navy
- Warren Decena – 15 Navy
- Tim Storti – 14 Orange
- Ken Storti – 14 Orange
- Danielle Carrozza – 14 Navy
- Dave Noll – 13 Orange
- Mike Lott – 12 Orange
- Evan Liu – 12 Orange
- Lehigh Valley
- Heather Tice – 17 Lehigh
- Brett Rentzheimer — 17 Lehigh
- Aaron Silverstein
- Will Robertson – 16 Lehigh
- Robin Robertson — 16 Lehigh
- Mike Krause – 15 Lehigh
- Jill Krause — 15 Lehigh
- Scott Lorah — 15 Lehigh
- Mary Luchansky – 14 Lehigh
- Valerie Sherwin — 14 Lehigh
- Donna Roman – 13 Lehigh
- Tim Sledz – 13 Lehigh Navy
- King of Prussia
- Alumnae & Commitments
- Committed Players – 2013-2014
- Lauren Ahern ’13 – Dickinson College
- Sharay Barnes ’13 – University of Kentucky
- Stacey Christy ’13 – Virginia Tech
- Elizabeth Gassman ’13 – Marist College
- Casey Griffith ’13 – Univ of MD Baltimore County
- Taylor Krause ’13 – Penn State
- Elizabeth Hollander ’13 – Washington & Lee
- Nicole Lott ’13 – UNC Wilmington
- Kirsten Overton ’13 – Temple University
- Alaina Piszczek ’13 – Rider University
- Alexis Rhein ’13 – College of Charleston
- Kelly Robertson ’13 – Penn State
- Erika Smith ’13 – Millersville
- Taylor Leath ’14 – University of North Carolina
- Class of 2013 – Unsigned Seniors
- Class of 2014 – Unsigned Juniors
- Outside Hitters
- Melann Amory – OH, OPP, L
- Brianna Farrelly – OH, MB
- Chelsea Jones – OH, MB
- Caroline Layden — OH, DS
- Moira Mulholland — OH
- Jordan Nichols – OH, DS
- Brooke Priestas – OH, OPP
- Alice Roberts — OH, OPP
- Brynne Taylor — OH, MB
- Allie Traynor – OH, OPP
- Olivia Torres – OH, DS/S, L
- Anna Wenger – OH, OPP, MB
- Mary Zacher – OH, DS
- Middles & Opposites
- Outside Hitters
- Class of 2015 – Unsigned Sophomores
- Outside Hitters
- Middles & Opposites
- Class of 2016 – Unsigned Freshmen
- Outside Hitters
- Middles & Opposites
- About Us
Archive for January, 2012
Jan. 31, 2012 – Across the net, Pennsylvania high school players know 18 Orange middle Alexa Swann for her dominating blocks and powerful hitting. Now the 6′ 2″ middle blocker from Brandywine Heights has won national recognition for her standout achievements both on and off the court.
Prep Volleyball named Swann a finalist for National Player of the Year honors, placing her on an exclusive list of just 51 senior players around the country. The award is based solely on high school achievement in 2011 and how much impact a player had on her team and state.
Prep Volleyball noted that Swann led her team to the Class AA state title in 2011, recording 889 kills, 178 blocks and 68 aces for the season.
In December, Gatorade and ESPN named Swann the 2011-12 Gatorade Pennsylvania Volleyball Player of the Year. The award is based on athletic excellence as well as academic achievement and character.
In winning the prestigious award, Swann joins Synergy alumni and fellow Gatorade honorees Shelbey Manthorpe (2010-11, Merion Mercy Academy) and Danielle Carrozza (2008-09, Merion Mercy Academy). Swann has signed to play volleyball on scholarship at Virginia Tech beginning in the fall of 2012.
The dynamic duo helped Parkland High School in Allentown win the AAA state title for 2011. In 106 sets last fall, Robertson amassed 449 kills while adding 92 blocks and 154 digs. She was named State Tournament MVP and received All-State Tournament honors.
Krause led the Keystone state in assists and was one of the top 10 assist makers nationally. She also received All-State Tournament honors.
Prep Volleyball’s National Junior of the Year recognition goes to a top junior player who has made a “massive” impact on her high school team and the state.
Jan. 30, 2012 — Two Synergy teams captured gold this weekend at the CAVA New Year Revolution tournament, where 18 Orange and 15 Orange faced down teams from Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey to win the day.
Orange and Navy were on full display in Easton, Pa. where five Synergy teams competed in two age brackets, with four Orange teams landing in the playoffs. In the 18s division, 18 Orange dominated, defeating CAVA 17s, Yorktowne 18s and Under Armour Elite 18′s of Baltimore County, Md. in pool play. In the playoffs, 18 Orange defeated New York’s Downstate 18s and CAVA 17s to take the title. Middles Randy Leath and Alexa Swann were named all-tournament players.
“The team passed well all day,” said Coach Missy McLinden. “Everyone contributed to the team’s success. Setters did a great job of running our offense, hitters were smart and powerful in their swings, and serving was good.”
17 Orange, coming off a win at the MLK Tournament, also posted another strong performance, beating three 18s teams in pool play without dropping a set. Although it looked like the team was heading to an all-Synergy final, an injury during the semis disrupted the play, and the team dropped its first match of the season.
In the combined 15-16 Open, the 15 Orange emerged undefeated in pool play, winning a playoff bye. After defeating an athletic CAVA 16s team in the semis, 15 Orange headed to the finals where they faced tough competition from the Yorktowne 16s. In a rough start, Yorktowne jumped to a commanding 10 point lead, but the 15 Orange players kept their composure and rallied to win the game. The second and deciding game turned into an epic battle, finally ending with a 31-29 win for Synergy. Heather Swann, Mackenzie O’Brien and Haley Kleespies were named all-tournament players.
Coach Pat Rucker credited the win to “aggressive net play, crisp passing, hustle, great setting and serving runs by multiple players.”
“It was a total team effort,” said Coach Rucker.
In the same division, a precocious 14 Orange took on the challenge of playing up, battling three 16s teams to make it out of pool play. In the quarterfinals, 14 Orange continued to impress, taking the match to three before losing the tie breaker. Maddy Correll was also named an all-tournament player. Meanwhile, 16 Navy played strong in close matches despite being down a player
Congratulations to all the players for showcasing the talent, hustle and discipline of Synergy Volleyball.
Jan. 29, 2012 — In a long day of volleyball, the 13 Orange emerged undefeated after 6 matches, winning gold in the January Frost 13 tournament.
Aspiring Champions in King of Prussia played host to 15 teams. After pool play, 13 Orange emerged in first place, gaining the playoff bye and then defeating teams from TCA and PVA in semis and finals. The win marks the first gold medal of the season for 13 Orange.
“Team play seemed to be the focus of the day,” said Coach Jolen Aldaya. “We served super tough and executed plays. This first win was well deserved.”
Congratulations to all the girls for a great day, and thanks to the players and coaches from other Synergy teams who manned the snack bar, sold t-shirts, tracked results and contributed to the success of the tournament.
Jan. 24, 2012 – Congratulations to Synergy Volleyball’s youngest players who recently battled to win a silver medal in their second tournament of the year.
The 12 Lehigh team competed among 9 teams at the CAVA New Year Revolution 12s Tournament. After a slow start, the team rallied with a strong finish, winning a tie-breaker to make it to the playoffs. Following a three-set win in the semi-finals, the team fought hard in the finals, taking the silver against a solid team from Delaware’s Brandywine BAM.
The performance follows the team’s strong finish in the MLK Kickoff Classic in Lancaster, Pa., where the girls took on the challenge of playing up in the 13s division, besting several older teams and finishing in the semi-finals of the silver bracket.
“They may be young, but they play with a lot of heart,” said Coach Donna Roman. “They work hard at practice and games, and focus on improving their skills. I feel this team is going to continue to grow and develop as volleyball players and as a team. They are achievers, and this is only the beginning.”
Jan. 18, 2012 – Synergy Volleyball dominated the 2012 MLK Kickoff Classic, nearly sweeping the Open division and winning gold medals in the 14s, 15s, 16s and 17s age groups. In all, a total of 16 Synergy teams from King of Prussia and Lehigh Valley all posted standout performances, often facing their fiercest competition from another Synergy team.
In the 14 Open division, 14 Orange was undefeated going into the gold medal round, where they faced tough competition in a semi-final match against 14 Lehigh. Orange prevailed and went on to win Synergy’s first gold medal of the day in a 3-game final against a feisty defensive team from Pittsburgh 3 Rivers. Meanwhile, 14 Lehigh earned a strong 3rd place overall finish out of 20 teams. 13 Orange took on the challenge of playing up a division and held their own against some of the tournament’s top teams including their 14 Orange teammates in second-round play. The 13s moved on to the silver bracket where they made it to the semifinals, placing 9th overall. A young 14 Navy team played with heart each match and closed out the tournament in the quarter-finals of the Bronze division. 12 Lehigh also played up in the 13s division, making it all the way to the semi-finals of the silver bracket.
IT WAS ALL GOLD for three Synergy 15s teams that battled their way into the Gold bracket, with 15 Orange placing 1st, 15 Lehigh taking 3rd and 15 Navy advancing to 5th out of a total of 32 teams. All the teams faced their toughest competition from each other. “We showed that all three teams can beat anyone if we play our best,’’ said 15 Orange coach Pat Rucker.
In the second round, Orange squeaked out a win against Navy in a match that included a 29 to 27 nail biter. In the semi-finals, a tenacious Lehigh team took Orange to three sets in a exciting match worthy of the finals.
“Navy and Lehigh played great defense, served tough and hit efficiently,’’ said Coach Rucker. “I was most impressed by the hitting of Lauren Mueller on the outside for 15 Navy and the setting and net play by Lehigh setter Emmy Geis. She was awesome and the best player for her size in the tournament.”
THERE WAS MORE GOLD in Lancaster for the 16 Orange which took the top prize in 16 Open, with a hard-fought, three-set win against P3R. “It was a good team effort,” said Coach George Trabosh. “The girls showed their mettle as they fought back from a deficit.”
Coach Trabosh noted that one of the toughest teams Orange faced in the tournament was in the second round against our own 16 Navy team, which battled in several close matches and finished in the quarterfinals of the silver bracket.
THE WINNING continued with 17 Orange taking the gold medal in 17 Open, while 17 Lehigh also advanced to the gold bracket, where it lost a 27-25 heart-breaker to DE United in the quarter finals. A talented 17 Navy team advanced to the semi-finals of the Bronze bracket.
Finally, in the 18 Open, 18 Orange took 2nd place overall in the Gold bracket. It was a thrilling, all-Synergy final in the 18 Open Silver division, where 18 Lehigh and 18 Navy fought a close 3-set match, with Lehigh taking the win.
Congratulations to all the Synergy teams for their outstanding performances at the MLK. The bar has been set for another great year of Synergy Volleyball!