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Volleyball Preview: Young but determined athletes

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The volleyball team sets up the season with two wins and a loss.

Beth Modaff is the head coach and she’s joined by coaches Joy White, Jen Lemke, Bria Anderson, Jordan Geraets, Sam Nordlie and team managers Avery Haag and Jazmine Markling.

The team had an overall record of 11-18 and a conference record of 4-5.

They have a great group of girls and returning letter winners: Sydney Lemke, Sam Cotter, Hally Pearson-Holker as captains, Maddy Huschka, Mya Brion, Megan Wetter, Natalie Emmerich, Brooke Bauer, Peyton Konz and Chloe Hinz.

The lost a few good players, but coach Modaff is excited to grow into a more experienced team with only one single senior, Sydney Lemke.

They lost players Rylie Kagel, Marin Thornton, Abi Bartlett and Alyssa Johnson.

“We will miss the enthusiasm and positivity that our seniors had last year,” Modaff said. “Play wise, Abi was one of our main outside attackers, Marin was a formidable right-side attacker, Rylie played multiple positions for us over the year, and Alyssa was one of our varsity serving specialists.”

Modaff is most looking forward to growing this season. With so many young players it shows great potential for years to come.

“We have multiple players who will be able to step into the roles that our seniors filled last year,” she said. “Lemke (senior) and Pearson-Holker (sophomore) on the right side, Emmerich (junior) on the left side, Cotter (junior) on the outside, Wetter (sophomore) in the middle, and our defensive specialists Huschka (junior) and Brion (junior), Our junior varsity squad is very strong as well.”

Along with being young comes a need to hone skills and work as a team.

“We are very young, so we will really need to focus on being disciplined, aggressive and relentless – performing skills and tasks the right way over and over again, being brave and going for it whenever we have the opportunity and never giving up,” Modaff said.

Tough challenges that the team will face include opponents North Branch – last years class 2A champions – Becker, and Big Lake.

In their section, the team will keep an eye on Moorhead.

“Moorhead is always the top competition,” coach said. “They consistently play a very difficult schedule, continue getting stronger throughout the season, and are always playing at the top of their game when sections begin.”

The Magic team has a lot to look forward to and the season is off to a great start.

Reach Jessie Meyen at jessie.meyen@ecm-inc.com

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