Coach: Darren Utterback (second year).
1995: 12-6 overall, 9-1 in the South Coast League; lost to Huntington Beach in the second round of the Southern Section Division I tournament.
Key returners: Mike Tully, 6-3, outside hitter, Sr.; Chris Seiffert, 6-3, setter, Sr.; Brad Leach, 6-5, middle blocker, Sr.; Ryan Thurlow, 6-2, outside hitter, Jr.; Timmy Hu, 6-0, opposite, Sr.; Steven Jones, 6-0, opposite, Sr.; Jeremy Sayo, 5-8, back-row specialist, Sr.
Key newcomers: Brian Sandlin, 6-2, middle blocker, Sr.; Matt Aronson, 6-3, opposite, Sr.; Aron Taylor, 6-0, outside hitter, Sr.; Trent Aronson, 6-3, middle blocker, Sr.; Anthony Parisi, 5-10, backrow specialist-outside hitter, Jr.; Jay Monson, 5-10, setter, Jr.; Beau Rawi, 6-5, middle blocker-opposite, So.
Outlook: The Cougars lost two first-team all-league selections, Omar Rawi and Scott Lister, to graduation. But defending league champion Capistrano Valley remains an experienced team with 10 seniors on its roster. Key players are Seiffert, Leach, Tully and Thurlow.