Warriorettes ready for volleyball season by Lindsay Nelson The summer has come to an end and the Wakonda Warriorettes have pulled up their knee pads and have gotten back into the volleyball groove. South Dakota volleyball officially began Aug. 18 and the Warriorettes' first game is Sept. 9 at Irene.
The Warriorettes finished last season with an 18-13 record and as runners-up in Districts. They played in competitive tournaments with "AA" and "A" schools from South Dakota and Iowa. The Warriorettes will have a tough schedule again this year.
Head coach Casey Pollman says, "We have a strong, quick, and aggressive team. What we lack in height, we make up in other areas. The seniors really push the younger players to do their best. They are great leaders."
The returning letter winners for the Warriorettes are also their six seniors: Rachel Bentaas, Chelsa Bohlmann, Nikki Johnston, Emily Logue, Lindsay Nelson and Kim Henriksen.
Coach Pollman said, "The returning letter winners have worked together for years and work well as a team, pushing each other to do better."
Returning starter and MVP offensive player Nikki Johnston is a strong middle hitter and blocker. She also does very well in the back row with her height of 5'11".
Also a returning starter, Kim Henriksen, brings an aggressive left-handed attack to the Warriorettes' team. Nothing hits the floor around Henriksen and her spikes can be unstoppable.
Chelsa Bohlmann, Rachel Bentaas and Lindsay Nelson all bring quickness, intensity and attitude to the game. They are all small but can easily get under balls. They make up for their height in the back row.
Bohlmann is also the Warriorettes' returning setter, who shows tremendous team leadership and brings loads of experience to the team. Last year's most improved players, Emily Logue and Lindsay Nelson, bring positive attitudes along with last year's defensive specialist, Rachel Bentaas.
Juniors Kelli Morrison and Erin Spurell will be adding power to the team with their strong hitting and blocking abilities.
Coach Pollman said, "I'm very optimistic about the season. The girls put in a lot of time in the off-season staying fit. They attended numerous camps whether it be for basketball or volleyball."
Look for the Warriorettes to have a quick and aggressive style of play this year, along with teamwork. With that combination, the Warriorettes will be prepared and ripe for victory.