(Stanton) Thirty-one players are out for volleyball at Stanton. The Viqueens are coming off of an impressive 37-6 campaign in 2013.
With 31 girls out plus three managers, that leaves less than a handful of girls in the entire school that are not a part of the program. Head coach Jody Druivenga says the numbers are great (and sometimes overwhelming) She says the coaching staff is pleased with the hard work and effort so far in practice.
The squad will be led by seven seniors, four of which were major contributors last season, but Stanton must replace eight seniors from a year ago including all-stater Carmen Subbert who was 2nd in Class 1A in kills.
Heidi Vanderholm and Haley Weis are the top two returning hitters on the team. They tallied 136 and 83 kills last year, respectively.
Coach Druivenga says she leaves the team goals open to the players, but says getting back to state is in the back of everyones minds. She believes hard work can lead you to wherever you want to get.
Stanton will scrimmage several other area teams at Red Oak on Thursday before heading to the Atlantic clinic on Saturday. Their first match of the year is Tuesday, August 26th, at Nishnabotna.
Click for the interview with coach Jody Druivenga