WAYNE – Following a trip to the Class C1 state tournament last year, the Wayne High volleyball team is gearing up for another run in 2019.
Along with summer camps and conditioning, the team officially began their practice Monday getting back into their routine.
Head coach Traci Krusemark will enter her eighth year at head coach and said even with the smaller group they did a good job over the summer attending weight room, opens gyms and camp.
“I feel like we’ve already played a lot together and I feel like they’re already coming together as a team on the court,” said Krusemark. “I just like their work ethic so far.”
A total of 19 girls will make up the Wayne High volleyball team with four seniors. Assisting coach Krusemark will be Dale Hochstein and Peyton Roach.
Last season, WHS finished 25-10 with a first-round defeat to the eventual C1 state champions of Wahoo in straight sets.
Top returners will be libero senior Hailey Backer, both outsides of seniors Emily Armstrong and Frankie Klausen, middle being junior Lauren Pick, one of the setters sophomore Kira Krusemark and senior Erin O’Reilly as the serving specialist and back-up setter.
Coach Krusemark said early on the team is stressing what they can do to improve on their side of the court.
“That means first contact, let’s make a good pass; second contact, let’s better that first contact, Krusemark added. “Then, obviously third contact if it’s a hit let’s also better that.”
The 2019 campaign will begin with a top C2 opponent at Ponca on Thursday, August 29 along with a pair of two-set jamboree matches against teams to be determined in Wisner on Thursday, August 22.