CANTON — A new era of Canton-Galva volleyball is in the dawning stages, as second year head coach Kaitlyn Bressie has all the ingredients to improve off a 20-15 record from a season ago.

“We have a lot of talent returning, but we also have a few holes to fill with senior losses,” Bressie said. “I do feel like we should be able to go out and be competitive with whoever we are playing. As long as we do that, I think we will be able to put ourselves in a position to be successful.”

The Eagles return four seniors and one junior from last season, while their head coach gained a valuable year of experience coaching at the high school level.

“I’m learning more about running an offense and defense, that plays to the strengths of our team,” Bressie said. “We are trying to focus on putting girls in positions where they can be successful personally, but also where they will help us be the most successful as a team.”

Bressie is a graduate of Canton-Galva, and served as an assistant coach the past two seasons before being promoted to head coach in 2015.

In just her first year, Bressie turned the Eagles into competitors, after they went 6-24 the previous year.

If the Eagles improve as much this year as they did in Bressie’s first season, Canton Galva could make a run at state.

Seniors Autumn Colgin and Brittany Nordstrom will start at outside hitter, while junior Ashley Nightingale will play libro.

Senior Kelli Nightingale starts at setter, and senior Emily Ballantyne will lead at middle hitter.

“One of our biggest strengths is that we have a lot of girls returning,” Bressie said. “We have a great group of girls that have a lot of experience on the court, and we have several seniors that are ready to step up and lead this team. We have a large group of underclassmen, which is very exciting not only for this season, but for the future of Canton-Galva High School volleyball.”

Canton-Galva will be apart of the Wheat State League this season, instead of the Heart of America. The Wheat State League includes: Centre, Goessel, Herrington, Little River, Peabody-Burns, Rural Vista, Solomon and Wakefield.

All of 2A looks to be chasing defending champion Central Plains, but the first preseason rankings do not come out until Aug. 24

The Eagles begin their season on Aug. 30 at home.

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