By Amber Hayden
BOYCEVILLE — With a motto of “Unleash Greatness” volleyball coach Keri Peterson, in her 2nd season, believes it is the Bulldogs’ time to step up and perform at a high level.
“Last season, we were building a foundation after losing every starter. This year, we are more experienced and confident,” according to Peterson.
Finishing last in the conference with a 2-6 record and a 6-18 record overall, Peterson believes the girls are hungry for more success in the 2018 season.
“We weren’t happy finishing in the bottom of the conference,” explained the Bulldog’s Coach.
The void of Mariah Drury will be felt at setter, as she contributed 216 assists, 22 blocks and 69 kills to the team.
Haley Wold graduated in May with Drury, Wold put down 62 kills and 22 total blocks on the front row.
The Bulldogs welcome back eight returning letter winners to the team.
Jaida Peterson and Hannah Johnson will return to the defense and back row for the 2018 season. Peterson in her 64 sets played had 271 digs and 202 total attempts on attack. “I expect her (Peterson) to be strong on the net for us this season,” Coach Peterson said. Johnson was solid in the 2017 season with 120 serves 11 of which were aces.
Senior setter Amber Retzloff returns to the team with 154 assists last season. “Retzloff, along with Jaida Peterson and Alyx Bloom will provide great senior leadership to this year’s team.”
Sophomore Chrissa Kersten had limited time last season, but according to Coach Peterson, Kersten has gained confidence and skill that should help her defensively.
The squad’s competitive spirit and willingness to work hard to be successful has helped with their volleyball IQ and skills. “We have improved a lot with another year behind us so we expect great things out of this team,” said Peterson.
But as with any upcoming season there are teams that the Bulldog’s coach feels the team will need to watch out for.
“We expect Colfax to be a strong team again this season as they return many all-conference players, and Elk Mound always puts together a solid team so we expect them to be tough as well,” commented Peterson.
Boyceville will start their season with games against South Shore, Lake Holcombe, and Spring Valley on August 23 at home. The next two games will be away and they face Somerset on August 28 and Fall Creek on August 30.
Seniors: Alyx Bloom, Jaida Peterson and Amber Retzloff.
Juniors: Emma Bygd, Ana Evenson, Taylor Grambow, Megan Hintzman, Tyra Kostman, Hannah Johnson and Emma Ouellette.
Sophomores: Jensine Boesl, Kady Grambow, Faith Harnisch, Chrissa Kersten, Mya Lagerstrom, Chesney Leslie, Ava Olson and Bailey Schlough.
Freshmen: Madison Andrews, Kayden Benson, Lacota Brown, Libby Bygd, Ella Holden, Harper Olson and Shiloh Wheeldon.