Coach, players getting to know each other
By Jay Davis
With 37 girls out, new coach Rose Henderson and the Lady Tigers are hard at work in preparation of the upcoming season.
As the players and coach gain familiarity, Henderson has the good fortune of having 13 players returning who were on last year’s 18-10 squad.
“There’s been the leadership on the team that we’ve needed,” said Henderson. “They’re showing that every day in practice.”
The hard part about taking over a team with so much depth is finding the right role for each player and her individual talents.
“Every day we’re getting closer to getting into the right positions,” said Henderson. “We should be able to play a lot of girls.”
While just who will get the starting nod on Tuesday in the season opener against Herreid-Selby Area is not set yet, the varsity is.
The 15-player varsity is: seniors Becca Martin, Maranda Wagner, Brandi Martian, Kayla Schneider, Alexis Frey, Chelsy Hoffman, Keely Moriarty, Aundrea Kramer and Miranda Eisemann; juniors Alexa Schaefbauer, Cassi Heumiller, Kylee Wagner, Madison Rau and Grace Jensen; and sophomore Lauren Henderson.
The rest of the team is: senior Cayla Hintz; junior Lacy Steiger; sophomores Grace Wollman, Autumn Schlomer, Sam Goodshield, Alexis Thompson, Callie Mickelson and Morgan Dienert; and freshmen Kaycee Redmond, Alex Steiger, Kassidy Moser, Molly Lahren, Jestice Talley, Brittny Keller, Madison Eisemann and Lily Miner.
That is a lot of faces (some familiar and some new) and assorted talents for Henderson and new assistant coach Kara Piatt to assimilate during the preseason.
“We’re still learning each other,” said Henderson.
Henderson shows her version of Lady Tiger volleyball on Tuesday at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium when cross-county rival Herreid-Selby Area comes to Mobridge.
I’m excited and a little nervous,” said Henderson. “Nothing like starting out with a bang.”
After the Herreid-Selby Area match, Chamberlain comes to the Bridge City on Sept. 6. The Lady Tigers host their annual tournament on Sept. 13. Other home matches include Groton Area, Ipswich, McLaughlin, Aberdeen Roncalli, Sully Buttes and Potter County. On the road the Lady Tigers will square off against Eureka-Bowdle, McIntosh, Lemmon, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, Timber Lake, Linton-HMB and Leola-Frederick. New to the schedule is a trip to the Chester Classic in early October. The Big Dakota Conference Tournament is inº Ft. Pierre, while the Central South Dakota Conference Tournament is in Gettysburg.
Volleyball starts early on Tuesday for the season-opener. Middle school games serve up the ball at 5:15 p.m., followed by freshman, junior varsity and varsity games.
The Lady Tigers hold a 4-2 lead over Herreid-Selby Area in a series that dates back to 2010, although playing against Selby dates all the way back to 1999. The Lady Tigers won a 3-1 match last season.