West Central Area Volleyball (Season Preview)
By Craig Olson - Barrett, MN
The West Central Area volleyball team will have the tough task of replacing five seniors who filled instrumental roles for the Knights last season, Katie Merrick, Dawn Anderson, Taylin Schleicher, Morgan Sanstead, and Sierra Westrom. Head Coach Amy Linn begins her second season as head coach of the Knights with Naomi Moerke serving as JV Coach.
Returning letter winners include seniors Demara Bumgardner (middle hitter), Brianna Kreft (setter), Gabbi Beuckens (outside hitter) and Hannah Anderson(right side hitter), Juniors Morgan Woodle (outside hitter/middle hitter) and Kaitlyn Sanstead (libero), and sophomore Hailey Bennett (setter). Junior Victoria Valleramos (backrow) and sophomore Kayleigh Anderson (outside hitter/backrow) are expected to be varsity contributors this season.
"We are hoping to improve on last years record," said Coach Linn. "We have been working hard in the off season and hope improvements are noticed. Passing will continue to be a strength. A weakness that we are working hard to improve is putting the ball away, finishing!"
Linn expects Wheaton and Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley to be at the top of the Pheasant Conference again this year with Underwood at the top of Section 6A