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Valmeyer volleyball hopes to build on tradition

By on August 23, 2012 at 1:11 am

By MARK HODAPP – Sports Editor 

Valmeyer High School girls volleyball coach Jenny Kohnz always gets excited right around the start of a new season.

Considering the Pirates return this fall armed with the achievements of winning four straight conference titles and three regional titles, the coach once again carries that optimism into this season.

This year, Valmeyer will have only have two senior starters returning in  middle and outside hitter Andi Inman and middle hitter Paige Whipple.

“The rest of the seniors graduated,” Kohnz said. “So, I am kind of looking at a rebuilding year.”

Valmeyer will also have three juniors coming in and another senior that just came in that had taken two years off.

The Pirates will also have a large sophomore class, who will also be getting a lot of playing time as well.

Kohnz  said her bunch will need to pass and serve well this season.

“We’ve got some good hitters and setters, but our passers that we lost in our seniors is what we are going to be missing the most,” she said.

“We have two girls that started as passers for the last four years since they were freshman, so we are looking to replace them.”

Kohnz said while her team might be young, she likes their versatility.

“I’ve got a lot of versatile kids that can play outside, middle, left, and setter,” she said.

Kohnz is also excited about what the girls have done in the off season.

“A lot of them have worked really hard as far as putting in time at different camps, specialty camps to refine themselves,” she said.

To view the Valmeyer volleyball team preview video, 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.