Four starters back for CGHS spikers

These seniors and letter-winners will form a solid core for the Canton-Galva volleyball team this season: front row (from left), Lexi Howard, Autumn Colgin, Kelli Nightingale, Sierah Nordstrom, Brittany Nordstrom; (back row) Zoe Unruh, Cassidy Enns, Caley Johnson, Emily Ballantyne, Rachel Becker.
These seniors and letter-winners will form a solid core for the Canton-Galva volleyball team this season: front row (from left), Lexi Howard, Autumn Colgin, Kelli Nightingale, Sierah Nordstrom, Brittany Nordstrom; (back row) Zoe Unruh, Cassidy Enns, Caley Johnson, Emily Ballantyne, Rachel Becker.
Despite losing five seniors to graduation, the Canton-Galva volleyball team returns a solid core of starters this season and will look to improve upon last year?s 13-19 record under the direction of third-year coach Jenny Loyd.

The Eagles boast four returning starters this season: senior Caley Johnson, a 5-foot, 9-inch outside hitter; and juniors Cassidy Enns (6-1, middle blocker), Zoe Unruh (5-8, setter and hitter) and Sierah Nordstrom (5-7, outside hitter).

Five additional letter-winners return for the Eagles: sophomores Emily Ballan?tyne (5-9, middle blocker), Kelli Nightingale (5-5, setter), Brittany Nordstrom (5-8, opposite), Autumn Colgin (5-7, defensive specialist and hitter) and Lexi Howard (5-5, defensive specialist).

New this year is freshman Ashley Nightingale, a defensive specialist.

?We lost a strong class of seniors but are returning a core of very solid players, as well as gaining some impressive young talent,? Loyd said. ?This summer, we played some good off-season volleyball, working to strengthen both our physical skills and our mental toughness.

?As a team, we are very excited about the upcoming season and enthusiastic about raising our level of play.?

Members of the Heart of America league, the Eagles will strive to bring a competitive spirit and mental toughness to the court for every match.

?Knowing that the HOA league is filled with larger schools and stiff competition, this group of girls is determined to work extremely hard and battle for every point,? Loyd said. ?We know mental toughness begins in the head before we even step out on the court, and this team is passionate about being competitive and continually striving for a ?never die? attitude.

?We believe we can compete well and win matches.?

Canton-Galva was scheduled to open the season at Inman Tuesday and will travel to Marion Tuesday. The Eagles? home-opener will be Sept. 16 against Ell-Saline and Remington.