Centennial volleyball dressed to the nines
Centennial is headed to state for the first time, due in part to a talented and tenacious senior class. Here’s more on the Chargers, courtesy prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner:
Where Centennial senior Lindsay Rogan ranks for season digs (with 315) among the four schools competing in the Class 3A Final Four.
Wins 14-year Chargers coach Stan Bergman is from No. 400 for his career at the school.
Centennial’s record this season in three-set matches, one of which (a win) was against semifinal foe Wheaton St. Francis.
The tallest players on rosters of the 3A state qualifiers are Centennial junior Jasmine Kyler (6-foot-4) and Chargers sophomore Kelly Braghini (6-3).
Seniors on the state semifinalist team, and the number in the regular rotation.
Varsity letters won in volleyball (including this year) by the 15 squad members. Seven are at least three-year letter winners.
In Centennial’s athletic history, there have been five team state trophies. Four have been for title seasons, including the only two thus far by girls (tennis 1995 and 1996).
Varsity wins by members of the current senior class, three of whom lettered as freshmen. It’s the school’s best four-year run ever.
School-record career ace total for senior Kara Johnson, four more than previous record-holder Melanie Moore.
Unity’s 2A runner-up Rockets were the last area school to earn a volleyball state trophy.
Volleyball matches won by the coach of Centennial’s semifinal opponent Friday at 4:30 p.m., Wheaton St. Francis’ Peg Kopec, in 38 years.