Head coach: Johnathon Cress, second season
2016 record: 8-16 (3-5 Northeast, fourth)
Returning lettermen (starters): Five (four)
Top players: S Hugo Hernandez (Sr.), OPP Lucas Husli (Sr.), MB Kenyon Oblad (Jr.), MB Troy Fautanu (So.), OH Jamen Debina (Sr.)
Outlook: The Patriots qualified for the postseason last year and are hoping to show more improvement this year.
“Liberty is in its second year of rebuilding,” Cress said. “The Patriots feature a large and athletic two-deep middle position. Outside hitters will benefit from the experience of a senior setter in Hernandez.
“The defense will be solidified with upgrades at libero and hitter. This team has been infused with young talent and senior leadership that may just be the right combination to push the status quo in the Sunrise and beyond.”