Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Crusader Girls Volleyball Expects Another Great Season

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

PREP PREVIEW: Catholic Memorial Volleyball
Top returnees boost hopes of Crusaders
Coach nearing milestone

WAUKESHA – Another season like the last one and Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball coach Ted Schulte could get close, or possibly reach, a milestone: 600 career victories.

Schulte enters his 18th season as coach with a 566-183 record – after last year’s team won the Classic 8 Conference tournament and was runnerup to Waupun in the WIAA Division 2 state tournament to finish with a 38-12 dualmeet record. Many of the athletes off that team return, including junior libero Patti Abshire (612 digs, 54 aces) and junior outside hitter Kate Acker (293 kills, 406 digs, 79 aces), who were first-team all-conference and second-team all-state last season. Other returning letterwinners are senior setter Colleen Hanley (213 digs, 34 aces), senior hitter Diane McLeod (83 digs), junior hitters Aly Kujawa (385 kills, 244 digs) and Kelli Browning (211 kills, 85 blocks); and sophomore hitters Greta Davis (49 kills, 14 blocks), Kaitlyn Hastings (134 digs, 40 aces) and Nicole Welsh (116 assists). Abshire, Acker, Browning, Hanley, Kujawa and McLeod are two-year letterwinners.

“Despite having only two seniors on the active roster, this is an experienced and mature team,” Shulte said. “We have six players on the roster who are starting their third season of varsity competition, and three other players starting their second season. Abshire and Acker should anchor one of the best defensive and passing teams in the state.” One player who will be missing is senior Julie Kolinske, who suffered a torn ACL during summer basketball and will miss the season. Junior hitters Katie Umhoefer and Rachel Kohli, sophomore hitter Amanda Hansen, sophomore setter Sara Connell and freshman hitter Alyssa Dawson are promising newcomers.

The Crusaders were runners-up to Pius in league dual meets last season after winning the dual-meet championship two straight years and three of the previous four seasons. The two schools are the only ones to have won league dualmeet championships in the 12 years of the league’s existence. Schulte figures more of the same this season, with Arrowhead also making a strong bid for the title. – Freeman Staff
Good Luck Crusader Volleyball!

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