Although the Canton-Galva volleyball team returns a number of upperclassmen this season, third-year coach Kaitlyn Bressie said the Eagles will experience a learning curve as players adapt to new roles.
The Eagles went 7-2 in Wheat State League play last year and 17-14 overall.
Canton-Galva lost four senior starters to graduation: Autumn Colgin, Brittany Nordstrom, Emily Ballantyne and Kelli Nightingale. The returners Bressie has may be asked to fill new roles this year.
Four returning starters grace the Eagles’ 22-person roster: seniors Ashley Nightingale (libero), Alex Koehn (defensive specialist) and Grace Klinkerman (middle hitter); and sophomore Tia Moddelmog (middle hitter).
Junior setter Kaysha Unruh also returns as a letter-winner.
Top newcomers include junior outside hitter Nicole Casebeer and sophomore setter Jaycie Mastre.
“We have a lot of upperclassmen on our team, but I still feel as though we are a young team,” Bressie said. “Several of the upperclassmen will be taking on a different role for our team this year, so we are still experiencing a learning curve, even with experience on the team.
“We have several girls that worked hard in the weight room and gym this summer, and that has already shown in the first few days of practice. We are stronger and quicker, and that could be a strength for us this year. We are continuing to build a solid Canton-Galva volleyball program, and these girls are invested in that idea.”
The Eagles opened the season at the Inman Triangular Tuesday and will travel to the Herington Triangular Sept. 5. Varsity action is scheduled to begin at 6:10 p.m.