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Metro High School Volleyball Preview Capsules


Coach: Char Lien (16th year)

2013 record: 19-13 (sixth place in Class 3A)

Who’s gone: Bailey Lund, Amber Gunkel, CeCe Borgen, April Johnson, Maddie Swanson, Emily Tollefson, Olivia Ostlie, Alyssa LaFlamme, Kayla Dalquist.

Key returners: Emily Uglem, Sr., outside hitter; Brianna Carney, Jr., middle hitter; Bailee Gulseth, Sr., libero; Britta Holland, Sr., right hitter.

Coach’s comments: “Even though we graduated nine seniors, the cupboard is not bare for the Spuds. Three-year letter winners Emily Uglem and Bailee Gulseth lead the charge to reclaim their Section 8AAA title. We again have some height along with some improved vertical jumping ability that will strengthen our hitting percentage. In addition, we have added some new underclassmen that have caught on quickly despite the huge learning curve. Consistency will be the motto for the season, as they learn to play with each other at a quicker pace.”

Moorhead Park Christian

Coach: Chrystal Deringer (first year)

2013 record: 4-20

Who’s gone: Allison Jorgensen.

Key returners: Sydney Larson, Sr., libero.

Coach’s comments: “I’m looking forward to working with the players and am excited to see their potential.”


Coach: Tessa Tysver (seventh year)

2013 record: 14-14

Who’s gone: Amy Bentow, Caitlin Ash, Liz Driscoll, Kelsey Baker.

Key returners: Ally Reno, Jr., setter; Faith Anderson, So., outside hitter; Maggie Stickney, Sr., outside hitter; Frannie Mercil, Jr., right hitter; Anna Smith, Jr., middle hitter; Sydney Honek, Sr., right hitter; Abby Frink, Sr., libero.

Coach’s comments: “We return most of our starting lineup from last season and they have worked hard during the offseason at becoming more consistent. Two areas of focus for us were speeding up the offense and cutting down on serve-receive runs. I think the girls will be competitive with the top teams in the conference and section.”

Fargo Davies

Coach: Missy Wilson (second year)

Last year’s record: 26-9, 14-4 Eastern Dakota Conference (East Region runner up, 5th place at state tournament)

Who’s gone: Katelyn Olson (All-state first team, All-EDC), Kinsey Papachek (All-state second team, All-EDC), Amanda Kringlie.

Key returners: Jaiden Langlie, Jr., S/Libero (All-EDC); Carla Binde, Jr., RS/OH; Natalie Tomhave, Jr., MH; Alayan Haugen, Sr., MH; Tori Helland, Sr., RS; McKenna Mikkelsen, Soph., DS; Arlana Prost, Sr., OH; Hunter Hendrickson, Sr., S

Coach’s comments: “The girls are excited for the 2014 season and are working hard to maintain and improve upon last year’s performance. We have some big roles to fill – both regarding court skills and leadership. We are looking forward to seeing some of our girls mature into those positions over the course of the season.”

Fargo North

Coach: Brooks Dockter (second year)

Last year’s record: 14-17, 9-9 EDC

Who’s gone: Emma Bergeron (All-state first team, All-EDC), Kelsie Schmiess, Kim Muellenberg

Key returners: Lindsey Markel, Sr., OH; Beth Podall, Sr., RS/S; Tori Reinholz, Sr., OH; Olivia Hammerschmidt, Jr., MH; Claire Vangerud, Jr., MH; Lacie Johnson, Jr., OH; Dana Thorvilson, Jr., DS; Kalli Baarstad, Jr., DS; Alexis Bachmeier, Soph., OH/S

Coach’s comments: “We return nine girls that either started or played a big role on our team at one point during the season a year ago. We will be young, but our kids are hungry to be successful. This group did a nice job of getting after it during offseason both on the court and in the weight room. Our goal is to continually improve and give ourselves a shot at making the state tournament in November.”

Fargo South

Coach: Andrea Hummel (second year)

Last year’s record: 20-16, 11-7 EDC (8th place at state tournament)

Who’s gone: Madi McConn, Kaitlyn Anderson

Key returners: Emily Stroup, Jr., S/RS (All-state first team, All-EDC); Maddie Erickson, Jr., OH (All-EDC); Anna Lawley, Sr., MB; Ellen Aas, Sr., L; Carly Melander, Jr., RS; Abby Rokke, Sr., OH; Lyndie Wicklund, Jr., DS

Coach’s comments: “We have many returning athletes from last year’s varsity team which will give us a strong base to build off of for this season.”

Fargo Shanley

Coach: Curtis Johnson (fourth year)

Last year’s record: 31-3, 17-1 EDC (East Region champions, 3rd place at state tournament)

Who’s gone: Hannah Krauter, S; Maddy Stark, MH; Olivia Corbid, DS

Key returners: Sommer Bucholz, Sr., OH (All-state second team, All-EDC); Alivia Fraase, Sr., MB (All-state first team, All-EDC); Ashley Hoganson, Sr., DS; Lauren Sandy, Sr., S (All-EDC); Sydney Weber, Sr., OH; Sarah Jacobson, Jr., OH; Andrea Vetter, Jr., S

Coach’s comments: “The EDC is always a tough conference and we hope to improve every match and be playing well in November. We return players that have varsity experience and have a lot of competition for playing time. Our strength would be our strong senior leadership.”

West Fargo

Coach: Paula Pierson (eighth year)

Last year’s record: 18-17, 9-9 EDC

Who’s gone: Courtney Suppa (All-state first team, All-EDC), Amanda Levin, Shelby Gustafson (All-state first team, All-EDC), Kaitlin Langerud, Maggie McIntosh

Key returners: Izzy Waite, Sr., MH; Tabitha Miller, Sr., OH; Jadyn Cookman, Jr., S; Kennedi Sand, Jr., RS

Coach’s comments: “We will need time to develop this group of players. Only a few players had varsity playing time last season. Our strength will be returning our setter from the 2013 season. Jadyn did a nice job for us last season and it is always nice to start a season with a returning setter.”

West Fargo Sheyenne

Coach: Leah Newton (first year)

Last year’s record: NA (2014 is first year as a varsity program)

Who’s gone: None

Key returners: Kalli Hegerle, Fr., MH; Jasmine Bruer, Jr., MH; Bailey Hoffner, Jr., OH

Coach’s comments: “It is our first season of competing at all levels and we are excited for the opportunity. We have a group of athletes that are committed to working hard and are excited for the challenges that will come playing at the varsity level. We recognize we are a young team and look forward to gaining experience while improving throughout the season.”

Fargo Oak Grove

Coach: Julie Vancura (first year)

Last year’s record: 29-9

Who’s gone: Jenna Zaeske (All-Region 1), Hannah Kelley (All-Region 1), Samantha Kounovsky, Rachel Osmundson, Taylor Lang, Jordyn Dixon, Symone Jacobs

Key returners: Kirsten Bokinskie, Sr., S; Abby Sharpe, Sr., OH

Coach’s comments: “Over the summer and the start of our season I have noticed we have a strong core group of athletes that work well together. We will be able to spread our offense around to many individuals and rely on our defensive specialist to keep the ball off the ground. There will be a lot of opportunities for athletes to fill different roles.”