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Columbia volleyball could contend for state title

By on August 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm

By MARK HODAPP – Sports Editor 

The Columbia High School volleyball team will be very competitive in 2012.

They Eagles could even contend for a state title.

That’s at least what Kelly Landgraf hopes.

Landgraf coached Columbia’s freshman team last year after taking a couple years off from coaching.

“We look very together and smooth right now,”
she said. “We are just trying to iron out a few things.

“They look like a very competitive team.”

Columbia is returning eight seniors from last year’s team, who lost in the super-sectional.

Columbia also has two sophomores returning.

“We are deep in every position,” Landgraf said.

“We have a lot of combinations and options which we can run on offense and on defense,” she said.

Returning seniors are outside hitter Alexis Royer, defensive specialist Rachel Ribolzi, libero Tessa Amsden, defensive specialists  Lynsey Wehrenberg, Kristine Martin, middle hitter Savannah Wittenbrink, setter Calli Germain, outside hitter Rachel Stone and middle hitter Erika Varel.

Sophomore rightside hitter Megan Huffman and middle hitter Kendall Roessler will also see varsity action playing the outside hitter.

Huffman is left-handed and can play any position on the court.

Columbia is a very tall team, who is also very quick.

“We have all the components of a great team,” Landgraf said.

“It’s just matter of putting all of the pieces together and get out the court playing.”

Columbia is also a very athletic team.

Most of the team is comprised of three-sport athletes, and a number of players who play volleyball throughout the year.

In the past, Columbia seemed to hit a “speed bump”
each time they played Breese Central.

But Landgraf believes Columbia will be able to play with Central this fall.

“We have matured mentally a lot,” she said. “They seem a lot stronger than they were last season. And they seem tougher. The girls want to be pushed and work hard this year.”

Landgraf said she doesn’t want her bunch to look at the postseason.

She said they have a tough regular reason to contend with first.

“If we don’t do good in the regular season, we are going to have even a harder job in the postseason,” Landgraf said.

“We can worry about the postseason later.”

To view the Columbia volleyball video preview, click here.

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.