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Lady E-Hawks Open Season At Humboldt This Saturday

By Staff | Aug 27, 2015

PASS?IT?ON - Natalie Kliegl passes the ball back to the front court during scrimmage action last Friday. The Lady E-Hawks will play in the Humboldt invitational this Saturday morning. -- Dan Voigt photo.

The upcoming volleyball season for the Emmetsburg Lady E-Hawks should be an interesting one. A total of eight returning letterwinners provide Head Coach Tim Rodemeyer with a great foundation to build on for the coming season. After finishing the 2014 campaign with a Lakes Conference mark of 1-6 and seventh place finish in the league and an overall mark of 8-25, the Lady E-Hawks have their sights set on bigger and better things this season.

Emmetsburg will be in good shape with eight returning letterwinners vying for playing time on the varsity squad.

“This season looks to be promising,”?noted Rodemeyer, who is in his second season as the head coach of the Lady E-Hawks. “We have a lot of returning players this year. We bring back a core group of girls that have a lot of experience, but we will still be young, with only one senior and the rest juniors and a sophomore that will have a big impact on our team.”

Leading this core group is the lone senior, Cierra McAllister, a defensive specialist. She is joined by junior Allison Freeman, a defensive specialist, along with fellow junior Sarah Simington, a setter and Libero player. Junior Sara Pugh will return as a setter and hitter, while junior Bailey Naig will play as a middle and outside hitter.

Junior Kayla Joyce will play as a middle and right-side hitter, while junior Kate Jackson will play as an outside and right-side hitter. Rounding out the returning letterwinners for Coach Rodemeyer and the Lady E-Hawks will be sophomore Parker Traub as a middle hitter.

Also figuring heavily into the mix for the coming season will be juniors Helena Fantz and Morgan Fischer as outside hitters, along with sophomores Natalie Kliegl, Emma Anderson, and Rachel Berkland.

Joining the program this season will be freshmen players Ali Laubenthal, Molly McCain, Jordan Miller, Kinsey Kogel, BettySue Strohman and Kali Anderson. Once again, Coach Anne Fiene will guide the Freshmen through the season.

“I’m seeing a lot of hustle on the court so far and some people are stepping up their level of play,”?noted Rodemeyer. “I feel the girls are looking forward to the season to see what they can accomplish as a team.”