With only four returning varsity players for the Canfield volleyball team, first year head coach John Tokash has gotten his team off to a good start with a 6-3 record and remains unbeaten in the league.
This year senior co-captains Sabrina Mangapora and Nicole Luklan are looking to repeat their trip to the regional tournament having won the Division II District title last season. Sophomore twins Janie Rafoth, a setter, and Rachel Rafoth, a libero, also return as varsity letter winners with Janie leading this year's team stats in assists and Rachel in digs.
This past week, the Lady Cards defeated league rivals Beaver Local at home in four games and on the road against Poland in three games.
The 2012 Canfield volleyball team poses during meet the team night at CHS. In the front are: Emma Hartshorn, Rachel Rafoth, Janie Rafoth, and Natalie Garritano, in the back row are: Anna Cook, Nicole Luklan, Sabrina Mangapora, Jackie Cook, Darby Hepola, and Morgan Leonard.
In the Beaver Local game, Mangapora, who leads the team in kills, had 21 and Luklan added 20 kills and four aces. In the Poland game, Janie Rafoth had 21 assists and Rachel Rafoth had 17 digs. Also on the team are junior twins, Anastasia and Jackie Cook, who aid the team in right side hitting and back row playing. Starting freshman Emma Hartshorn has been assisting with the setting and hitting duties as a setter and a right side hitter. Other varsity players include middle hitters, Morgan Leonard, Darby Hepola and Krista Kollat and defensive specialist Natalie Garritano.
Also in her first year, JV volleyball coach Maria Householder's team is 6-3 for the season and remains unbeaten in the league. JV players include Marcella Adams, Maddie Magyar, Krista Kollat, Carly Trefethern, Marina Sturgeon, Julia Meissner, Madison Stewart, Allison Fabry, Alise Rafoth, Savannah Barko, Lexi Zoldan, and Stephanie Rivera.