The experience level at Verndale has flipped this season as Shelley Glenz and her Pirates have a young lineup ready to play volleyball.
"They're young but they've played a lot of JO ball together," Glenz said. The third-year head coach likes her team's quickness on the court.
Graduation broke up the old guard but fortunately for Glenz she has returning letterwinners in senior Jordanna Schuttner and junior Teresa Moenkedick.
Schluttner will fill a middle hitter spot while Moenkedick provides the team with some steady scoring punch as an outside hitter. Moenkedick moves over from libero where she has played for the last two years.
"She's quick and she can get to anything," Glenz said.
Sophomores Miranda Miller, Miranda Dougherty and Krista Dailey are also slated for playing time on the front row. Miller and Dougherty will be on the outside while Dailey lines up in the middle.
Glenz is looking at three setters. Freshmen setters include Elyssa Kern and Kylee Wright. The Pirates also have a setter in eighth-grader Sarah Moenkedick, who might prove the best of the trio despite the fact that she just started playing the position in April.
"She's smart and she's really done well," Glenz said. "She's really taken the role and run with it."
Glenz can call on freshman Jessica Wright and eighth-grader Sydney Weniger to handle back row duties.
Eighth-grader Jordyn Glenz will be filling a middle hitting spot.
"We have some young girls with a lot of playing experience, just not at the varsity level," Glenz said.
The Pirates will be seeking to improve on an overall record of 11-13. The club finished 2-4 in the Park Region Conference.
Glenz is looking to Henning, who is now led by former Bertha-Hewitt junior varsity coach Kristi Finck, and Sebeka to be the teams to beat in the PRC.