The J.H. Rose Rampant Volleyball team has captured the attention of volleyball followers across the country. August 20th the Greenville team earned a pre-season ranking of #10 nationally by CalPreps.com after a survey of high school coaches across the country inquired about their 2008 record, returning players, and strength of schedule, and then used a formula to tabulate the rankings.
Rose is ranked first of all North Carolina teams by both CalPreps and PrepVolleyball.com, a recognized leader in youth volleyball coverage.
In their pre-season coverage of North Carolina High School volleyball, PrepVolleyball recognized several players on the Rose squad for their achievements earned with the East Carolina Jr. Volleyball Club. Sportswriter James Freeman wrote:
J.H. Rose, (27-1) returns nearly every starter from last year’s state championship squad and they have every reason to feel good about themselves again in 2009. Coach Norm Cabacar’s veteran-laden team features a top-notch pair of middle hitters in Emily Neideffer (5-11 Sr., committed to College of Charleston) and Caroline Douglas (5-11 Jr.). Emily Mannie (5-11 Sr. RS/S, Western Carolina) and Pammy Craigle (5-10 Sr. S, Savannah College of Art & Design) run a versatile offense that features strong attackers in every position. Craigle was named the MVP of last year’s finals after recording 31 assists and seven digs. Aubrey Rushing (5-8 Sr. 0H) is an experienced shot-maker on the left side and sweet-swinging Jamie DeRatt (5-10 Jr. OH) will score plenty of points for Rose as they attempt to repeat their 2008 success this fall.
The ECJVC team including Douglas, Neideffer, Craigle, Rushing, and DeRatt, played in the 17 & Under Open Division of the 2008 USA-V Junior Olympic National Championships, where the team finished in the top 25. Post season rankings placed the ECJVC 17 team as 23rd in the nation. ECJVC players Kaitlyn Anderson, Taylor Hardee, and Brittany Adams play for D.H. Conley, and Caroline Wainright plays for S.Central.
Pre-season scrimmages have shown Rose to live up to expectations. The team made a strong showing in the Capital City scrimmage at Broughton High School August 12th. The six-team scrimmage featured powerhouse teams Broughton, Cardinal Gibbons, Middle Creek, Enloe, East Chapel Hill, and Rose.
Rose has added several non-conference games with Triangle-area schools this year including Apex, Broughton, and Western Guilford, to help prepare for post-season play.