Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta opened the 2012 volleyball season with a 3-0 loss to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Thursday at home.
The Tigers lost five seniors from last season's roster, but have seven returning players with varsity experience. They are seniors Sadie Fischer, Katie Holzheimer, and Mikaela Henrichs, and juniors Nicole Strobel, Paige Schieler, Sydney Engebretson, and Brooke Johnson.
The nonconference loss to the Jaguars, a team that played in the section final last season, broke in the rest of the Tigers' varsity roster.
Coach Caleb Greene returns for his fourth season. B-squad coach Heather Montonye will again assist Greene, with new comer Katie Van Kempen as C-squad coach.
Taylor Braegelman had 12 kills to help the Jaguars sweep the Tigers.
Sydney Engebretson led the Tigers with eight kills.
B-B-E 25 25 25
Morris/CA 19 21 19
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta - Serving: Beth Holland 3-4-0, Sadie Fischer 6-8-1, Mikaela Henrichs 8-9-1, Katie Holzheimer 8-10-4, Sydney Engebretson 8-8-0, Kayla Pring 6-8-0; Setting: Holzheimer 41-41-12, Chelsey Ehleringer 30-33-2; Hitting: Engebretson 19-30-8, Nicole Strobel 13-17-3, Paige Schieler 16-19-2, Mickenley Nagel 5-10-3, Holzheimer 11-14-2, Pring 4-8-2; Blocking (aces): Strobel 1, Schieler 1, Engebretson 1; Digs: Holland 5, Henrichs 21, Holzheimer 7, Engebretson 6, Ehleringer 5
Brooten-Belgrade-Elrosa - Serving: Brittany Roelike 12-12-2, Taylor Braegelman 7-7-0, Becca Gruber 15-16-5, Miriah Dekok 9-10-1, Mariah Rach 11-13-1, Hailey Braegelman 10-12-2; Setting: Rach 46-47-15, Hailey Braegelman 36-38-16; Hitting: Roelike 19-23-11, Taylor Braegelman 23-26-12, Gruber 12-14-4, Dekok 11-12-6, Tia Halvorson 9-11-4, Megan Weller 3-10-3; Blocking (aces): Taylor Braegelman 1; Digs: Roelike 5, Courtney Kern 5