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Lady Toppers look for fresh start on the volleyball court in 2014

By Kelsie Hoitomt

GLENWOOD CITY – The Glenwood City Volleyball team looks to make a significant improvement on the volleyball court this year after finishing with just two conference wins in 2013 and one in 2012.

The girls look to be led by a core group of experienced seniors with Megan Samens, Mikaela Voeltz, Hannah and Leslie Ludtke, Nikki Gabbert and Kristie Knops on the team.

These six seniors fill in the shoes of Kenzie Kruse, Kayla Bloss, Kelly Perkins and Katelyn Meyers who are gone to graduation this season.

“They are a great core group for this team, mentally and physically. They all have heart for the game and their team and I have no doubt they will be great leaders,” shared coach Christa Blaser.

Blaser works in the High School Library and will be the new head coach this year. She will work along side new junior varsity coach, Kristen Curvello.

“The program has seen its fair share of different coaches over the past years, but I believe we have a good fit this year and have two coaches who are dedicated to the program and want to see it succeed,” said Blaser.

On varsity along side the seniors, is Carlee Strong, Marne Lewis, McKenzie Kuehl, Becca Moll and Jenesa Klinger.

Rounding out the rest of the roster on JV right now is Allison Curvello, Sam Holldorf, Morgan Gedatus, Ashley Holmquist, Abby Holmquist, Alyssa Jones, Bridgitte Weyer, Briana Barstad, Brooke Wickman, Emily Hill, Courtney Lawson, Biridiana Leandro-Mendez, Melina Schultz, Mariah Voeltz, Megan Speiser and Kailey Brandt.

The Hilltoppers had their first night of play on Tuesday (Aug. 26) with a triangular at the New Auburn High School.

They will have a break in play until after the Labor Day weekend and then they will be in Ellsworth for another triangular on Thursday, September 4 starting at 5:30 p.m.

They will then play on Saturday (Sept. 6) in Spring Valley at 11:00 a.m. for a tournament.