A season preview for the 2015 Knights volleyball season.

Head Coach
Jen Walter

Assistant Coaches
Angie Novotny
Cassie Schwartz

Last Year’s Record
14-13, 3-5 in conference.

Last Year’s Recap
Lost in Class A Section 2 second round to Nicollet 3-2.

Players Lost to
Graduation
Tori Anderson, Becca Schmitz, Kammie Tresbesch, Laura Pelzel, Jennifer Sellner, Becca Zinniel, Emily Rutscher and Natalie Schroepfer.

Seniors
Taylor Pelzel, Emily Reinarts, Kaitlyn Krzmarzick and Brianna Bertrand.

Juniors
Kayci Kuebler, Megan Sellner, Sarah Berkner, Lydia Goblirsch, Anna Lux, Megan Labat and Megan Ziegler.

Sophomores
Ali Beltz and Jody Hansen.

Key Players
Anna Lux - Junior outside hitter:
“Anna packs a lot of power and intimidation in her spike. She will continue to be our left side hitter and one of our toughest servers on the team. Anna has also improved a lot on her defense and is willing to hit the floor to keep a ball in play.”
Jody Hansen - Sophomore setter:
“Jody is very athletic and quick. She plays the game with a lot of passion and determination to make herself and her teammates better. She started last year as a freshman and learned quickly the pace of varsity volleyball. I think this year she will be more settled into her role as a leader on the team.”

Taylor Pelzel - Senior setter:
“Taylor has many different assets she brings to the team. She is a great setter and really sets a nice ball to the outside. She makes good decisions with the ball and distributes it around well.”

Brianna Bertrand - Senior middle hitter:
“Brianna got moved around last year into various hitting positions, but she is ready to be a strong middle for us. She has become a more rounded hit by being able to see the court better and placing the ball to openings on the floor.”

Lydia Goblirsch - Junior middle hitter:
“Just like Brianna, Lydia played a lot of different hitting positions last year. She lovess to be in the middle of the floor and be involved in a lot of the action. She can run a fast slide and put the ball away, too.”

Teams to Beat
“Wabasso, Springfield and Cathedral. I think conference overall will be tough. We played very competitive games with most of the conference teams.”

Coach’s Comment
“It has been a struggle losing an entire week of pre-season practice this year and we feel as though we have had to speed things along faster than we are used to doing. We got the girls in squads earlier and we are working on more team defense/offense earlier, too. I think the girls know that too because they are very focused and are working very hard at adapting to changes in the program. We have had an above .500 record the last two years and I expect us to stay that way this year, too. We will face some tough teams this year and last year we had a tough time finishing in game five. We hope we can fix that this year by being better conditioned and mentally tougher in the last game.”