Tiger Volleyball Wrap: Senior talent leads on court
Eight seniors led the Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta volleyball team to a 17-9 season that ended with a loss in the second round of the Section 3AA tournament.
Coach Caleb Greene was disappointed to see the season end.
It was the first season of a pairing between the two schools.
Greene said the pairing improved the Tigers' team with the extra competition in practice, as well as the added experience some C-A players brought to the court.
"We had a great season," said Greene. "I had a lot of fun with the girls."
The girls include seniors Dani Schultz, MacKenzie Weatherly, Kelsey Loew, Kelsey DeCamp, Haley Scheldorf, Shadow Olson, Erin Schieler, and Carrie Roske, juniors Emily Tonn and Courtney Ehleringer, sophomore Sadie Fischer, and freshmen Sydney Engebretson and Terianne Itzen.
Roske was the Tigers' libero. She broke the Tigers' season and career digs record.
"Carrie's an aggressive passer and always wanted the ball."
Schultz was a starting outside hitter for the Tigers.
"Dani's competitive attitude motivated her to win," said Greene. "If she couldn't get to the ball, no one could."
Weatherly broke the Tigers' season and career service aces record.
"She's a genius," said Greene. "Mac knows the game well and could get the ball to the right spot."
Loew was an outside hitter.
"She's our best example of a team player," said Greene. "Kelsey knew her role and did it with a smile on her face."
DeCamp was a defensie specialist from Chokio-Alberta.
"Kelsey brought over a lot of experience," said DeCamp. "She's a veteran in the back row."
Scheldorf was the other player with experience from Chokio-Alberta.
"Haley had the experience at setting," said Greene. "She did a good job of adjusting."
Olson was a starting outside hitter.
"Shadow will be missed for her personality and work ethic," said Greene. "She's an all-around player and I moved her a lot. She could play any position and her leadership was second to none."
Schieler was the team's middle hitter. She broke the Tigers' kill percentage record with 344 kills in nearly 900 attempts.
"Erin could take over a game," said Greene. "She's such a good player, but very humble."
Although Greene will miss these seniors, he is looking forward to next season.
The other five varsity players will return, along with several from this season's B-squad.
"We have some young talent coming up," he said. "Those juniors and sophomores got a lot of playing time on the B-squad."