BOYCEVILLE — The Bulldogs were in the chase for a conference volleyball title last season only to finish third with a 7-2 record in the Dunn-St. Croix and 15-6 overall.
If this year’s squad has the same aspirations it will have to find suitable replacements for all-conference players and four-year starters Abbey Bird and Alexa Peterson, who along with McKenzie Schultz and Brittany Tetzloff were lost to graduation.
“Those four had a lot of experience,” noted second-year head coach Corrie Roemhild.
Boyceville, however, does have a solid nucleus of returning letterwinners with which to restock including seniors Abby Lorenz, Marki Lagerstrom and Jenna Beyrer and juniors Cassie Malean, Madysn Riek, Hannah Guy and Erica Sempf.
“We have a group of girls who have played together for many years now,” said Roemhild of the group. “They are hard workers and very competitive.”
Juniors Morgan Kuhn, Nicole Herdahl and Brooklyn Hellmann should give a boost to the varsity squad as well.
Roemhild also has several underclassmen which include ten sophomores and six freshmen, bringing the high school tally to 26 members.
Sophomores are: Haley Wold, Mariah Schlottman, Mariah Drury, Kailynn Bird, Satina Chilson, Shania Dunn, Jaslyn Krueger, Samantha Sorenson, McKenna Weber and Paulina Wienke. Freshmen players are: Alyx Bloom, Jaida Peterson, Hunter Hitz, Amber Retzloff, Betty Swanepoel and Shawna Gove.
“The lower classmen are really working hard and are focused on being successful,” Roemhild said.
“I want the girls to play as a team and not as individuals,” added the coach. “If we can do that and play with heart, hopefully the rest will begin to fall into place.”
“We will have to come prepared and ready to play our best every night,” said Roemhild of the conference outlook. “We cannot afford to overlook anyone.”
Roemhild will be assisted by Angela Hellmann and Diana Robinson.
Boyceville opens the 2015 season this Thursday with a home quad.