Coming off two consecutive state tournament appearances, the New Berlin United boys volleyball team will feature many new faces this season, including a new coach roaming the sidelines.
Nick Maske has replaced Jay Szatkowski, who resigned last fall.
New Berlin United went 29-6 overall and 6-0 in the Woodland last season to win its third straight conference title. The co-op between Eisenhower and West defeated Middleton in the state quarterfinals before falling to Kettle Moraine in a five-set thriller in the semifinals.
United must replace eight key seniors from last year's team. First-team all-conference players in Adam Campbell, Quinn Farrell, Stephen Kraninger and Matt Zeske graduated, as did honorable mention all-conference player Ryan Potts.
Ray LaMora, Matt Obradovich and Ben Laurent will be the three seniors on United this season. Also returning are juniors Zach Just, Kyle Kraninger (second-team all-conference) and Kyle Olson and sophomore Brian Voight.
Maske feels sophomores Jack Carnahan, Josh Kurpiel, Nathan Lawton, Eli Oldenburg and Sam Streicher are candidates to challenge for playing time.
United, ranked No. 10 in the preseason coaches poll, began its season with a five-set loss at No. 4 Brookfield East on Sept. 1.
New Berlin then finished tied for fifth at the Kettle Moraine Invitational on Sept. 3. United won its pool with 2-0 wins over Kettle Moraine and Kimberly and a 1-1 split with Burlington. With a first-round bye in the championship bracket, United fell, 2-1, to defending state champion Kaukauna in the quarterfinals.