Although the Colfax volleyball team is starting the 2014 season as the reigning Dunn-St. Croix Conference champions, eighth year head coach Pam Meredith realizes repeating that feat will not be an easy task this year. After finishing conference play at 8-1 by defeating Spring Valley in the final regular season game last year, the Vikings will need to replace Second team All Conference player Braanna Steen along with Taylor Shipman, Emily Halpin, Emily Tuschl and Georgette Wendt.
But Colfax has some talented players back who have plenty of varsity experience, including the first ever D-SC Player of the year and First Team AC player senior Kori Buchanan. And with five other seniors back including another First Team AC pick Chey Olson and Second Team selection Dannielle Dachel along with Courtney Ottinger, Alexis Rudi and Katie Christoffel, and junior Lakken Meredith who has also seen varsity time, the Vikings will have a strong core to work with. Filling out the varsity roster are juniors Marianne Scharlau and Serena Secraw, sophomores Bryana Buchanan, Megan Schleusner and freshman Makayla Mattson.
“It should be a battle among several teams for the conference title this year,” coach Meredith said. “Spring Valley and Elk Mound have some talented players back and both teams are well coached. We hope to be in contention and with the players we have we definitely are capable of doing it. We will need to get the right combination working together quickly on the court since we don’t have as much depth as we had last year. But this group of experienced seniors is certainly our strength. Our regional will be very strong again with Cameron one of the favorites so we hope to be playing our best late in the season,” she added.
Meredith is assisted by Linda Bilodeau and Lori Halpin and after competing in the Menomonie Sprawl this weekend, the Vikings will begin match play Tuesday, Sept. 2 at home against Bloomer.