Sibley East’s volleyball team will tip off its 2010 season on Monday, August 30th at Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop. The non-conference Sibley County clash will be played in Winthrop. Varsity action will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Eight letterwinners return for Chip Wolverton’s Sibley East squad. Headlining the list of returning letterwinners are tri-captains and seniors Val Kloeckl, Shannon Bjorklund and Hailey Becker. Other returning letterwinners include: seniors Katie Bauer, Kelsey Sunvold and Paige Swenson; juniors Lauren Highland and Mackenzie Petzel.
“We’ve got a good group of girls returning, many of whom started for us at some point last season,” Wolverton said.
Wolverton said the trademarks of the Sibley East squad this season will again be defense, passing and serving.
Kloeckl will lead the defensive charge as she returns as Sibley East’s career dig leader. According to Wolverton, Kloeckl is on pace to reach 1,000 digs by the end of the 2010 campaign.
Someone will have to step up in the setting department, Wolverton explained. For the first time in a few seasons, Sibley East is without the services of Erin Evans who graduated as the school’s all-time leading setter.
After a week of conditioning drills, the Lady Wolverines got a taste of competition Friday in a scrimmage at Nicollet. They participated in a six team scrimmage this week.
Nearly 60 girls, in grades 7-12, have been participating in preseason drills. Aside from the returning letterwinners, the preseason rosters include:
Juniors – Sarah Tessmer, Whitney LeGare, Breanna Rau, Nicole Doering, Melissa Frey, Jenna White;
Sophomores – Courtney Schwirtz, Jordan Thomes, Brianna Montanye, Sara Borchert, Erin Mesker, Emily Kloeckl, Samantha Lane, Katherine Templin;
Ninth-graders – Megan Eckberg, Ashley Weber, Courtney Hildebrandt, Andi Geib, Sarah Shimota, Anna Woehler, Melissa Otto, Kim Kurtzweg, Jessica Garza, Libby Densmore;
Eighth-graders – Kelli Martens, Autumn Dose, Liz Thies, Shelby Voight, Karley Lind, Taylor Pfarr, Mikayla Perschau, Paige Nelson, Jordyn Polzin, Sophia Thoele;
Seventh-graders – Mckayla Stumm, Amber Frauendienst, Tabitha Wood, Kali Messner, Anna Ryan, Megan Krentz, Kaitlyn Tuchtenhagen, Sydney Fogarty Busch, Ashley Grack, Kaitlyn Bessel, Alyssa Weber, Natalie Mesker, Rachel Sorenson, Julia Schwartz, Cloey Anderson, Maddie Kjellesvig, Kailey Geib, Kayla Charter, Rachael Kamps.
Coach Wolverton will be assisted by Carrie Pioske. Other coaches in the volleyball program include Steph Schultz, Michelle Brueske and Sheila Knacke.