The Magruder varsity volleyball team entered the season missing several pieces from last season's Maryland 4A state runner-up, but it is the opposition that has been left puzzled -- the No. 3 Colonels have yet to lose a game this year.
Coach Scott Zanni had to fill four vacancies in the starting lineup, but his maneuvering appears to be working. Magruder (6-0, 3-0 Montgomery Gold Division) continues to add to an impressive stretch of success, having lost only once in the regular season in the past three years. The Colonels will get a good test on Tuesday against division rival Wootton (6-0, 3-0).
Senior Cindy Goon has made probably the most drastic switch by moving from defensive specialist to setter; she leads the Colonels with 194 assists. Goon has put in extra work after practice with senior middle hitters Becca Russell and Taylor Herrgott and junior outside hitter Kim Musser, and it has paid dividends.
The 6-foot-1 Herrgott, who has a team-high 76 kills, set a new school career record with 356 during Magruder's victory over Walter Johnson two weeks ago. Russell, who is 6-1, has amassed 64 kills, and the 5-11 Musser has 37.
"I know Cindy is a lot more comfortable being a defensive specialist, but she knew that the coach and the girls wanted her to be our setter," Herrgott said. "She is the best setter we have. She's really good and quick."
Magruder has an equally strong defense anchored by junior libero Kelly George (team-high 60 digs) and junior outside hitter Annie Belott (42 digs). Herrgott and Russell provide front-line defense with 20 and 14 blocks, respectively.
"At the beginning of the season, it was a bit awkward with so many new players," Musser said. "We're really excited about playing our big games because we really want to see how well we can play together."