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Lady E’Hawks Optimistic About Upcoming Volleyball Campaign

By Staff | Aug 26, 2009

LADY?E’HAWK?VARSITY?VOLLEYBALL - Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawk varsity squad has several big shoes to fill in the upcoming season, but are optimistic about the upcoming campaign. This year’s Lady E’Hawks are, in front, from left to right: Molli Schmeling, Hillary Pico and Halie Cody. Kneeling from left to right are Morgan Vlasman, Hannah Drost, Nicole Leuer, Jordan Kerber, Nikki Schany and Jordan Morris. In back, from left to right are Assistant Coach Tim Rodemeyer, Paige Naig, Head Coach Andrea Accola-Sabin, Chelsey Rouse and Assistant Coach Kari Mueller. -- Dan Voigt photo

With 23 players reporting at the start of the season and a loss of seven players to graduation, Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks are cautiously optimistic about their chances in the upcoming volleyball season.

For Head Coach Andrea Accola-Sabin and Assistants Kari Mueller and Tim Rodemeyer, there will be some balancing to be done at the freshman and junior varsity levels, but overall, the attitude of the team is good.

“We lost a great bunch of seniors from last year,” Accola-Sabin admitted. “So, we will be filling many spots with a group of juniors.”

Emmetsburg lost Jackie Barnes, Kayla Herbers, Bailee Moore, Mollie Smith, Bridget Rouse, Hannah Reichert and Katelyn Schany to graduation, and only return one letterwinner from last year’s squad in junior Morgan Vlasman, an outside/middle hitter.

However, a group of seven additional juniors will join Vlasman and senior Jordan Morris, a middle hitter, on the varsity squad, along with sophomore Paige Naig, a middle hitter.

That group of juniors included Hillary Pico as a defensive specialist, Chelsey Rouse as an outside and real hitter, Molli Schmeling as a rear hitter and defensive specialist, Hannah Drost as a setter, Nicole Leuer as an outside hitter, Jordan Kerber as a setter and Nikki Schany as a rear hitter and setter.

“The girls have worked hard in the offseason,”?Accola-Sabin noted. “They were involved in two Sunday leagues in the Spring, so the girls have been working hard at filling the vacancies due to graduation. And, some of the girls also worked hard this summer coming to skill building.”

After a seventh place finish in the rugged Lakes Conference last season and a 4-24 mark, the Lady E’Hawks have plenty of optimism about their upcoming season.

“Passing has been a big point of emphasis in practices and skill building,”?Accola-Sabin noted. “This will be a stronger part of our game this year. We are going to be young in the area of playing at the varsity level, which will hopefully lead into some strong years in the future.”

With the Lady E’Hawks officially opening their season tonight (Tuesday) by hosting Southern Cal, the team will have to grow quickly.

“Our goal is to finish in the middle of the conference,”?Accola-Sabin said realistically. “That will give us the confidence we need going into tournament play.”