Posted: 11:40 am Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Volleyball: Boca ranked 10th in preseason national rankings 

By Jeff Greer

Here’s a good way to start a state-title defense: Begin the season in the national rankings.

Boca Raton volleyball, the 2012 Class 8A state champs, ranks 10th in the MaxPreps Top 50 that was released Wednesday. The Bobcats are the highest-rated Florida school and the only area program in the top 50.

The Bobcats return three key pieces of their state-title team from last season — setter Libby Vilmar, libero Sydney Kantor and hitter Charlotte Earnhart — and should have another state contender under coach Amanda Angermeier despite graduating standout Ruth Harrington and a nice group of seniors.