Tuesday, August 24, 2010

High hopes for Girls Volleyball

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Memorial ready to defend state girls volleyball crown
Many return from ’09 team

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball team had a terrific season in 2009, winning the Division 2 state championship after finishing first in the Classic 8 Conference.

There’s no reason to think Memorial might not repeat that success. Coach Ted Schulte has 10 returning letterwinners, all of whom, Schulte said, made significant contributions. Four of Memorial’s seniors were on varsity as freshmen, as were three of Memorial’s juniors. “We could conceivably have 22 years of varsity experience on the floor on any given rally,” said Schulte, who is 606-192 in 19 years as Memorial’s head coach.

“We have to replace our setter (Diane McLeod) from last season, something which always makes for an interesting start to the season as our hitters grow comfortable with the new setter,” Schulte said. “But if there was ever a year to train a new setter, this is it – as we have great passers, led by seniors Patti Abshire, Kate Acker and Aly Kujawa, and great finishers, including senior Kelli Browning, juniors Greta Davis, Amanda Hansen and Kaitlyn Hastings and sophomore Aly Dawson.”

Schulte said a trio of “capable” players – juniors Nikki Welch and Sara Connell and sophomore Rachel Murphy – are vying for the starting setter position. Promising newcomers besides Murphy are junior defensive specialist Lauren Krolikowski, junior outside hitter Lauren Landry and sophomore middle hitter Mary Kate Dougherty.

Schulte considers Memorial to be the favorite in the Classic 8, with Arrowhead, Mukwonago and Pius the top challengers. – Freeman Staff

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