Head coach: Emily Baracco, fifth season
2016 record: 27-5 (9-1 Southeast, first)
Returning lettermen (starters): Six (three)
Top players: OH James Reed (Sr.), S Brian Barkemeyer (Sr.), OPP Cooper Burgess (Sr.), MB Tanner Casto (Sr.), MB Michael Sosa (Sr.)
Outlook: After working hard for years, the Gators got to the top of the mountain last year, winning their first state title. Six players return from that squad.
Reed (357 kills, 190 digs, 43 aces, 39 blocks), Barkemeyer (110 assists, 86 digs, 21 aces), Burgess (94 kills, 63 blocks), Castro (93 kills, 55 blocks) and Soha (24 blocks) should be among the team’s leaders.
“After coming off the state championship win, the Gators graduated four starters,” Baracco said. “With returning senior leadership, this season’s team will be competitive.”