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Volleyball Bucs ready for 2010 season

By Staff | Aug 29, 2010

The 2010 Blue Earth Area Buccaneer volleyball team includes, front row (left to right); Carly Hyland, Sydney Ristau, Ashley Olson, Jenny Smith, Maddie McDonald. Back row (left to right); Allie Curtis, Charlotte Haugh, Katie Krieger, Krista Hassing, Anne Marie Hoyt, Janessa Jahnke, Sara Warmka. The team opens the season with two matches this week.

There are no lack of numbers for the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer volleyball team this season.

In fact, with 46 girls out for the sport in grades 9-12, Coach Donna Nawrocki decided to have four squads this year.

“We added a true junior varsity team,” she explains. “Besides our varsity, B-squad and C-squad.”

The junior varsity team is composed of all juniors, and will be coached by Nawrocki and new coach and BEA teacher, Jodee Dittbenner. Brenda Smith continues her coaching duties with the B-squad, and Sara Albright with the C-team.

“It was difficult to decide who we would put on varsity, and who would be on junior varsity,” Nawrocki says. “I have a pretty deep roster, with a lot of talent available.”

That means the coach will be able to put a lot of player combinations out on the floor this season.

After losing such talented players as Kate Hassing, Morgan Dickman, Hayley Pirsig and Mariah Cooke to graduation last year, Nawrocki had some slots to fill in. She thinks it won’t be a problem.

Three All-Conference players return to anchor the team; seniors Ashley Olson and Sydney Ristau, and junior Jenny Smith. Olson is the setter and will run the offense.

Plus, seniors Carly Hyland and Maddie McDonald saw a lot of playing time last year. The other seniors, Katie Krieger and Charlotte Haugh, are sure to make a big impact as well.

“We will have kids vying for positions,” Nawrocki says, “and we will use a lot of players this year. They will all see playing time, and all will be on the court at some time or other.”

Juniors on the varsity include Anne Marie Hoyt, Allie Curtis and Sara Warmka. There are also two sophomores, Krista Hassing and Janessa Jahnke.

Nawrocki says it is nice to be able to have a junior varsity team, and since they are all juniors, they could make an impact on the varsity next year. Plus, if needed, the coaches could pull some of them for varsity later in this season.

The Bucs won the South Central Conference last year, and Nawrocki says winning the conference is always a goal each season.

That might not be easy this year, as the Buc coach says all the conference teams look to be much improved this year.

“St. James was the conference runner-up last year, and they return about everybody,” Nawrocki says. “All the conference teams have their strengths, and I think it will be a very competitive year in the South Central Conference, with the playing level up.”

Last year the Bucs sported a 15-12 overall record, and were 8-2 in the conference.

To read more of this story, see this week’s Register.