Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Freeman Girls Volleyball Preview - CMH
from today's Waukesha Freeman -
VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW: Catholic Memorial
Crusaders a year older
New focus for Memorial
WAUKESHA — Ted Schulte knew last year would be difficult.
The Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball coach entered 2013 with a lot of question marks and young players. Most of the roster is still young, but things will be different this fall.
“Last year the team was very young and inexperienced,” said Schulte, who is in his 23rd season at CMH. “This season, while we are still quite young, we are much more experienced.”
Memorial has just three seniors on his 13-player roster that also includes six sophomores.
“But nine of the 13 are letterwinners, to which we add three talented players from our J.V. and a transfer from South Carolina,” Schulte said.
Senior leftside hitter Lexie Calloway and senior setter Hayley Levenhagen are two year letter winners, and senior right side hitter Bethanie Krause, junior defensive specialist Maddie Miller and sophomores Alexis Alden (leftside), Maddy Rondeau (setter/outside hitter), Ivey Whalen (middle), Alyssa Miklosy (outside hitter) and Kathryn Christian (defensive specialist) were varsity players last season.
“We will be able to score in all rotations and ultimately should have a very balanced attack,” Schulte said. “Lexie Calloway will lead the left side attack but will be well supported by Lexi Alden and Tori North. In the middle, Ivey Whalen is joined by junior Alexandra Morrison, who transferred from Fort Mill, S.C., and Kaitlyn Zingsheim. On the right side, senior Bethanie Krause is primed for a breakout season, while Alyssa Miklosy is a great competitor who just keeps improving every day.
“Setting duties will be handled by Haley Levenhagen, Maddy Rondeau and junior Jenna Spearl. Anchoring the defense will be Maddie Miller and Kathryn Christian.”
CMH went 7-0 in Classic 8 Conference duals last season, and the Crusaders finished second to Muskego in the league tournament. CMH was 26-20 overall and lost a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal to East Troy.
Schulte sees Muskego as the frontrunner once again.
“As usual, Muskego has some outstanding players,” Schulte said. “They will be led by a fabulous setter in senior Morgan Kath, a very talented outside hitter in sophomore Brooke Gostomski and a dominant middle blocker in junior Sandra Mohr.
“Other contenders include Arrowhead, which has a trio of talented hitters in Alyssa Kelling, Jenna Stefan and Niki Economou leading their attack. Also contending should be Mukwonago, which features Kelly Murphy. We have the most depth and should also challenge for the title.”
At a glance
What: Catholic Memorial High School girls volleyball team
Coach: Ted Schulte, 23rd season
2013: 26-20 overall, 7-0 in Classic 8, second in league tournament, sectional semifinalist
Athletes to watch: senior setter Hayley Levenhagen (555 assists), senior leftside hitter Lexie Calloway (301 kills, 386 digs), sophomore defensive specialist Kathryn Christian (421 digs), sophomore setter/outside hitter Maddy Rondeau (140 kills, 368 assists)
Other returning letterwinners: senior rightside hitter Bethanie Krause, junior defensive specialist Maddie Miller, sophomore leftside hitter Alexis Alden, sophomore middle Ivey Whalen, sophomore outside hitter AlyssaMiklosy
Promising newcomers: junior middle Alexandra Morrison, junior leftside Tori North, junior setter Jenna Sperl and sophomore middle/ outside Kaitlyn Zingsheim
Coach Schulte’s conference favorites: Muskego,Arrowhead, Mukwonago, Catholic Memorial
Photo credit: Catholic Memorial’s Lexie Calloway had 301 kills and 386 digs last year. Freeman file photo