Volleyball plans to build on 2010 with returning core
Photo: Katy Dudzinski brings experience, size and force to the Lady Knights volleyball squad looking to elevate a 19-win total from 2010. File Photo
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Could this be a lucky seventh for KHS volleyball coach Todd Weimer?
After a 2010 season that featured a record of 19-14, wins over Geneva (first time since 1991) and Sycamore (road win for the first time since 1999) for the first time in a long time, Weimer’s raring to get his girls on the court once again.
“There were a ton of firsts for us last year,” Weimer said. “I’m feeling great. We’re pumped up every morning. I love investing even more into the program, and we’re very excited.”
The Lady Knights flourished last year, but will have to deal with the sting of a regional opener loss to Hampshire, and the graduation of four seniors led by NIU freshman Jessica Lubic.
“Team chemistry is extremely strong and the personalities are great and attitude has been awesome,” Weimer said. “Last year was great and we think this will be a fun season.”
Seniors returning to the Lady Knights include libero Kylie Siebert.
“This is Kylie’s third year on varsity, and it goes through her on our side. She’s the first contact or the first pass, and she’s the best at it,” Weimer said.
Six-foot-two Katy Dudzinski, committed to Wichita State University, also lends skills up front as RS.
“Kylie, Katy and Malory Groen have kind of set the tone for the expectations,” Weimer said.
Additional seniors include OH Kourtni Bingley, MH Groen and OH Grace Fabrizius.
Juniors are marked by OH Lyndi Scholl, MH Keri Groen, S Ashley Prost, DS Rachael Clinton and MH Lauren Banbury.
Sophomores ready to make an impact on varsity are OH Maddie King and S Jenny Lubic.
The season’s first serve is set in Geneseo in a NIB-12 crossover on Monday, Aug. 22, while the first East Division match takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 13, against Morris.
“The setting is great, the defense is great, the passing is consistent. With this whole team, there are very few weaknesses,” Weimer said.