by Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — This season will be better for the Hilltoppers volleyball team according to head coach Christa Edin.
“I have high goals and have no doubt they can meet them, we have a solid group of coaches for the second year in a row and I’m very excited about that,” the 5th year coach said.
The team went 21-41 overall in the 2017 season, with a 3-5 conference record, falling just short of the goal Edin had for the team of a 4 win season.
“2005 was the last time Glenwood City had more than three conference wins … It was a great year for Glenwood City volleyball and a big step in the right direction,” Edin commented.
According to Edin the Hilltopper team fell just short of their four game goal for the season in a loss to the Durand Panthers, but the team kept it close with a 14-16 loss in the 5th set.
All-conference libero, Mariah Voletz who graduated in the spring, lead the defense last year with 264 digs and 78 service receptions in her 58 sets played.
Jenesa Klinger also left the Glenwood City team after dominating the attack with 141 attempts managing 94 kills and 181 digs landing herself right behind Voletz on the defense.
Two more departing seniors Emily Hill and Melina Schutz put up 21 attack and 28 serve attempts between the pair.
The varsity roster for the 2018 season is full of returning seniors, one returning sophomore and a new comer to varsity.
Senior Tressa Peskar will return to the Hilltopper team this year, with an impressive 64 kills and .890 percentage on serves, Peskar looks to make her presence known again on the court.
Delaney Quinn and Madelyn Oehlke return to defense after 223 digs in 50 sets played between the pair. Showing the rest of the Dunn-St. Croix conference they have what it takes to help the team.
Over the summer several of the players attended various camps, four of whom attended their second UW-Madison Badger camp. “We had several attend our hosted Pacesetter camp at the end of July,” commented Edin, “All around we should be a fairly solid team.”
Edin believes that Colfax and Elk Mound will be the teams to watch out for during the season. “They are always stellar schools and have a great volleyball program with very respectable coaching staff,” the Hilltopper coach commented.
Glenwood City will start their season off with away games against Menomonie on August 21 at 5 p.m., Chetek-Weyerhaeuser on August 23 at 7 p.m. and August 27 against Amery high school at 7 p.m.
The team will host their first home game against Northwestern on September 4 at 7 p.m.
Seniors: Alyssa Multhauf, Ashlee Peterson, Olivia Scalze, Maggie Wallin, Aubrey Curvello, Jatelyn Johnson, Abby Kremer, Tressa Peskar, Michaela Nyhus, Delaney Quinn and Alexis Curvello.
Juniors: Skye Nauer, Mae Buttles, Kassidi Thompson, Hailey Rutske, Brandi Standaert, Leah Magsam and Makiah Schutz.
Sophomores: Alexis Albrect, Hailey Schmidt, Isabel Draxler, Hallie Dopkins, Kinzie Strong, Yasmin Mendez, Kristin Dayton, Madelyn Oehlke and Bella Rassbach.
Freshmen: Mackenzi Anderson, Alyssa Fouks, Morgan Johnson, Emma Lamb, Emily Rutske and Kallie Benson.