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Thursday, 01 September 2011 19:57

Returning letterwinners for the Wauneta-Palisade Bronco volleyball team include, from left, sophomore Tailor Lee, and seniors Jonee Maris and Sheyla Christner. The Bronco jayvees will host Cheylin tonight (Thursday) while the Bronco varsity hosts St. Francis next week in their season opener on Sept. 8.

 

By Tina Kitt

The Wauneta Breeze

 

There’s no doubt about it — this is indeed a rebuilding year for Coach Michelle Harchelroad’s Wauneta-Palisade volleyball team.

This year’s squad will feature only three returning letterwinners — seniors Sheyla Christner and Jonee Maris and sophomore Tailor Lee.

The Broncos lost several key members from last year’s 8-16 squad to graduation including Bethany Riener, Laura Rundback, Jenae Bischoff, Rebecca Strand and Shelby Hamilton.

“Losing those seniors left us short on experience,” said Harchelroad who returns for her fourth year as the Broncos’ head volleyball coach. “We are a very young team this year but we have a lot of talent and some good height.”

Her players have exhibited great attitudes and are working hard, she noted.

“I feel that by the end of the season we will be able to compete with anybody we’ll play,” said Harchelroad.

She plans to run a 6-2 offense, with sophomore Emma Skelton and freshman Sydnee Harchelroad keying the attack as setters.

The Broncs will be looking to their taller players to dominate the net in hitting and blocking, players like seniors Maris and Christner, and sophomores Tailor Lee and Brooklyn Nordhausen.

Sophomore Abbie Fanning and junior Tayler Nordhausen will step up as defensive specialists at libero.

With several freshmen in the mix, the Bronco squad is working hard to find the right chemistry and mesh their skills and talents. Over the summer they saw a lot of court action at team camps in North Platte and Kearney as well as Y-League in McCook.

Right now it’s the team’s passing game that concerns Harchelroad most with one more week of preparation ahead of them before the varsity squad opens its season at home against St. Francis (Kansas).

She also noted that with only 14 girls on the team and only three of those 14 with significant varsity experience, injuries and illness could deal the Broncs a blow.

Harchelroad said they will face several tough teams on their schedule, Hitchcock County likely to be one of the toughest.

“Hitchcock County is extremely loaded this year,” said Harchelroad. She noted that she expects tough matches from Southwest and Dundy County among others.

Harchelroad put in extra training time herself over the summer, taking part in a University of Nebraska Coaches Clinic in Lincoln. “I learned a lot. There were some amazing coaches there,” said Harchelroad.

The Bronco jayvees will see early action as they host the Cheylin Cougars from McDonald, Kans., tonight (Thursday). But it should be a good test for her team overall as all of her players except for her two seniors will see playing time.

Next week the Bronco varsity will kick off its season with their home-opener with St. Francis scheduled for Sept. 8.

This year’s squad includes;

Seniors: Sheyla Christner and Jonee Maris.

Juniors: Tayler Nordhausen and Emma Skelton.

Sophomores: Abbie Fanning, Tailor Lee, Cassidy Rathe and Brooklyn Nordhausen.

Freshmen: Leiauna Alberts, Sydnee Harchelroad, Christi Christner, Hannah Nordhausen, Brianna Einspahr and Nicole Strand.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2011 20:00