League: Class 4A Sunset
Head coach: Ed Van Meetren, 18th season
2016 record: 29-10 (12-0 Southwest, first)
Returning letter winners (starters): Nine (five)
Top athletes: OH Tommi Stockham (So.), S Lilly Hoff (Sr.), S/OH Sydney Lobato (Sr.), OH Kylie Gibson (Sr.), DS Sarah Lychock (Sr.), MB Ashley Brennan (Sr.), DS Natalie Mavroidis (Jr.), MB Reese Rossnagel (Jr.), OH Alex Washington (Jr.)
Outlook: The Gaels return nine letter winners after winning the Class 4A state championship last year.
Lobato (594 assists, 86 aces, 30 blocks), Hoff (481 assists, 41 aces, 142 digs), Stockham (282 kills, 52 blocks), Gibson (229 kills, 23 blocks) and Lychock (277 digs, 50 aces) give the Gaels plenty of potent weapons.
“We should be a contender for the state championship,” Van Meetren said. “We have size and depth and the top players in the state.”