Graduation took away from the Vermillion High volleyball team a group of long-time Tanager standouts like Bri Brinkmann, Sara Kjose, Kayla Gale and others, but their departure has at least one bright side. Coach Lenni Billberg has been allowed to bring in the young talent of Lexi Regnerus, Kylie Fischbach and Lizzie Bye, three athletes who spent a lot of time working on their game over the summer.
Returners from 2008 are Sierra Allen, Jenny Bye, Molly LeCates, Elise Hughes-Berheim, Ashley Ouellette and Michelle Blythe.
"This season's team will sport a new offense and many new faces," Billberg said. "We look for good things on the defensive end for the Tanagers, and we will utilitize the scrappiness of our veterans and the athleticism of our younger players."
Stiff competition right from the start will face the Tanagers, beginning with the season opener at the VHS gym at 3 p.m. Saturday against Milbank. On Tuesday the Tanagers play Lennox and Todd County in a triangular at Lennox, and next Thursday they travel to South Sioux City.