Bressie sees talent in her first year

These seniors and returning letter-winners will anchor the Canton-Galva volleyball team this season: front row (from left) Sierrah Nord?strom, Autumn Colgin, Ashley Nightingale, Kelli Nightingale; (back row) Zoe Unruh, Cassidy Enns, Emily Ballantyne, Brittany Nord?strom, Grace Klinkerman. Janae Rempel / Free Press

A new, yet familiar, face is at the helm for the Canton-Galva volleyball team this season. Kaitlyn Bressie, a 2009 graduate of Canton-Galva, has filled the head coaching position at her alma mater.

During her high school career, Bressie was a multi-sport athlete. She attended Kansas Wesleyan Univer?sity, graduating in Decem?ber 2011.

Prior to becoming head coach of the Eagles, Bressie served two years as a high school assistant and one year as a middle school assistant at Canton-Galva.

Twenty-two athletes, including eight with starting varsity experience, grace the Eagles? roster this year, as Canton-Galva seeks to improve upon last season?s 6-24 record.

Three seniors return for the Eagles this season, including second-team all-league setter Zoe Unruh, outside hitter Sierrah Nord?strom and middle hitter Cassidy Enns.

Four juniors return: outside hitter Autumn Colgin, right-side hitter Brittany Nordstrom, setter Kelli Nightingale and middle hitter Emily Ballantyne.

Two sophomores complete the arsenal of returners: back row specialist Ashley Nightingale and outside hitter Grace Klinker?man.

?This is my first year as a head coach, and I have a great group of girls to work with,? Bressie said.

?We have lots of talent as individual players and as a team, and now a lot of those girls have varsity experience to go along with the talent. With the two put together?talent and varsity experience?I expect them to have individual and team success this season.?

The Eagles were scheduled to kick off the season at Inman Tuesday. Canton-Galva will host Marion Sept. 8 in the Eagles? home opener.


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