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Waterloo volleyball has new faces but high hopes this fall

By on August 23, 2012 at 2:24 am

By MARK HODAPP – Sports Editor 

“Rebuilding” is a word you don’t find too often in the vocabulary of the Waterloo High School girls volleyball coach Angie Crawford.

“I don’t like to say that word too much,” she said.

The Bulldogs, however, will be having a rebuilding year in 2012.

Crawford is returning only four seniors this fall who have been in the volleyball program since their freshmen year.

“But we will be getting some strong leadership from these players,” she said.

The four seniors returning are Bryce Latchem, Marissa Modglin, Lisa Liefer and Rockie Kelly.

Latchem will play libero and  is a vocal leader on the court.

“She brings true confidence to the court,” Crawford added.

The coach is counting on Liefer to be one of her middle hitters.

“We will enjoy success and experience some challenges this season,
Crawford added.

“But they are a true, united team.”

The Bulldog’s remaining lineup is filled with question marks and has a meager amount of varsity experience.

Crawford is confident that her new leaders and younger players can return the program to top contender status.

“You can’t deny we’ll be short on experience but we’ll have a group with strong physical gifts and we’ll have extraordinary leadership within the team,” she said.

That leadership will be generated from the Bulldogs’ four seniors.

“They’re a passionate group,” Crawford said.

But unlike recent years, Waterloo will field a small team this fall. The Bulldogs tallest player might be Liefer, who is listed at 5-8.

“Our defense will be the key as it was last season,” Crawford said. “But I  have always believed a good defense is important in volleyball. We have been adjusting our defense and working on our offense.”

Sophomore Kelsey Hammond will be the Bulldogs setter this fall.

Waterloo will have five juniors who play varsity this year as well, including Sammie Ratz, Sarah Jones, Katherine Pate, Kelli Kosydor and Gina Kowalczyk.

Emila Modglin, Mia Reed and Kylie Albrecht will also see a lof of action this fall.

“We are going to focus a lot this year on team goals,” Crawford said. “I would be lying if I didn’t say this would be a challenging year. But these girls are up for the challenge.”

To view the Waterloo volleyball 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.