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The Mustangs come into 2020 as a top contender in D1 alongside fellow Catholic League rival Mercy. Despite being without a senior, this team is loaded with experienced talent.

Ava Brizard looks in prime form already. Nobody had an answer for her power swings when she unleashed. She clearly has upped her leadership skills as well. Junior Sophia Treder also played well in the front and back rows, giving the Mustangs a lot of consistency in both areas.

Sarah Sylvester is a junior middle with a very high ceiling and the Mustangs like the potential in Mckenzie Swanson, a freshman middle that stands 6’3”. She’s going to improve a lot throughout the fall.

Sophomore setter Ava Sarafa and sophomore libero Lauren Heming played with a lot of poise on Wednesday. Both are coming of strong freshmen seasons and have a lot of potential to make a name for themselves at the D1 level.

“Just having that year under their belt, they are so much more calm this year. Even though they couldn’t play, they were putting in a lot of work through virtual training or just working out on their own. Each of them has tremendously improved,” Marian coach Mayssa Cook said of her sophomore talent.

Another standout sophomore on Wednesday was Ella Schomer. Schomer didn’t see the court much as a freshman, but looked solid last night. The OPP was finishing points and had great chemistry with Sarafa. She provided a nice compliment to Brizard at the net.