Moundridge loses a lot of talent from last year, but still has Chelsey Knight.
MOUNDRIDGE — The Moundridge High School volleyball team loses five all league players from a 14-23 team last season. Fortunately, the Wildcats still have senior Chelsey Knight to lead the team.
Knight, a four year starter, has 169 digs for her career, and is one of four seniors that expect to see playing time.
“Chelsey brings the most experience to this varsity group,” head coach Kelsi Chisholm said. “She is an extremely hard worker and is a threat on defense. She will play libro for us this year, and will be a leader for our back row.”
Fellow senior Natalie Kaufman and junior Bethany Stucky are the only other players who have seen significant varsity time. Kaufman and Stucky have 64 kills a piece for their careers, and both play middle or outside hitter.
“I’ve been proud of (Natalie’s) leadership and commitment in the off-season,” Chisholm said.
“She seems more relaxed within her role, and we hope to make her one of our top hitters this season. (Bethany) does a good job of blocking, and hits a heavy ball.”
Chisholm also notes that Kaufman’s younger sister, Kassidy, will step into a larger role, after being used strictly as a sub last year. Kassidy will be competing with fellow sophomore Ellen Durst for the starting setter position, although Chisholm did note that she may use them both in the offense.
“Our team has a mix of veterans and younger talent; finding the right offensive combinations and using our athleticism to our advantage will help us compete with the bigger and more experienced teams,” Chisholm said. “We will have a new look and feel this year, but winning is still part of our tradition we hope to carry on.”
Seniors Lexi Lorimor and Zaelynn Foth battled injuries that kept them off the court in 2015, and will compete for starting positions this year.
“Zaelynn is looking to hit for us, while Lexi is focused on earning a defensive specialist position,” Chisholm said. “Both athletes have great serves that the team hopes to utilize.”
Two other players to note are sophomores Kaela Helms and Jamya O’Quinn.
“Jamya is a state track winner and provides us with lots of athleticism and speed; even though she is 5-foot-5, she will most likely find some time on the front row,” Chisholm said. “Kaela move up to varsity to compete our post season roster. She is hoping to earn a spot in the back row.”
The Wildcats open up play on Aug. 27 in Inman.
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