Five of first team return to court
Looking back at last year, the I-70 Conference volleyball season was dominated by upperclassmen, six of the all-conference, first-team members being seniors and the other six being juniors.
The first-team members who played their last high-school volleyball match included Concordia's Tori Kopp, Saint Paul's Taylor Vogelsmeier and Madison Krause, Santa Fe's Lauren Aversman and Crest Ridge's Ashton Doak and Ashley McFarland.
The juniors off of last year's first team who will be playing this year include Concordia's Laura Blankenship, Saint Paul's Dana Peters and Audrey Mehl, Santa Fe's Molly Sander and Orrick's Amanda Rodenberg. The other first-team member was junior Lindsay Sheffield of Windsor, which is no longer in the I-70 and now a member school of the Kaysinger Conference.
Two seniors, Kim Rennison and Kathleen Tyler of Sweet Springs, on the honorable-mention list are not back for 2010. But the other three members, sophomores Halli Brackman of Concordia, Amy Isenhour of Orrick and Megan Beckemeyer of Wellington, are eligible to return.
The teams open up their seasons as early as Aug. 30, while others will begin Aug. 31 and one starts Sept. 2.
The Lady Orioles, under the direction of Leslie Basye, opens their year at home versus Smithton on Aug. 30.
Aaron Marsh makes his debut as the Lady Saints' head coach Aug. 30 at Knob Noster. Also seniors on SPLHS's 2009 roster were Sara Riesterer and Samantha Mueller.
The Santa Fe Lady Chiefs begin their season at Carrollton on Aug. 31. Kinsey Boland and Cassie Prior also graduated off the Lady Chiefs' roster.
Kristen Niemeyer's Sweet Springs Lady Greyhounds begin their season Aug. 30 at Braymer. Kristen Jones, Jodie Harris and Rachel Thornton also were seniors for the Lady Greyhounds last year.
The Crest Ridge Lady Cougars are under the direction of Katie Woolsey again and start their campaign Aug. 31 at Smithton. Erin Welhoff, Amanda Locke and Ariel McGirl also were seniors for the Lady Cougars in 2009.
Jerry MacLean is the head coach of the Lone Jack Lady Mules, and they start their season Aug. 31 at home versus Cass-Midway.
Susan Rodenberg returns as head coach of the Orrick Lady Bearcats, and they open their season Sept. 2 at home versus Van Horn. Chelsie Meyer and Rachel Rodenberg also were listed as seniors on the Lady Bearcats' roster in 2009.
Opening their season Aug. 30 at home against Richmond will be Ryan True's Wellington Lady Tigers, who also lost Amanda Edwards off of last year's team.