Metro high school volleyball preview capsules
Coach: Tessa Tysver (11th season)
Last year's finish: 18-12
Who's gone: Sofia Reno, Paige Fabre, Grace Steichen, Rae Critchley and Jocelyn Dubbels.
Key returners: Joeli Kelso, Sr., OH; Allie Critchley, Sr., DS; Peyton Wilson, Jr., MH; Mariah Watt, So., MH.
Coach's comments: "We're a little bit inexperienced, so we'll look to kind of improve as the season goes along. We have a lot more height than we have had in our past few seasons, so we'll look to improve in our blocking area of our game."
Coach: Char Lien (20th season)
Last year's finish: 22-11, section champions, fourth at state
Who's gone: Lexi Gilbertson, Kortney Carney, Callie Ahlgren and Alyssa Knain.
Key returners: Brook Carney, Sr., MH; Brooke Walthall, Sr., OH; Jalen Ennen, Jr., OH; Sam Zimmerman, So., MH.
Coach's comments: "Considering we graduated our libero, setter and leading attacker, most would think that the Spuds won't have what it takes to defend their section title, but that just seems to fuel the fire for the returning players. Silencing the critics with their attention to detail and hard work ethic will be put to the test early in the season, as our first few games are against top 10 teams in the state. However, having the bar set high is what the program is used to as they know that is what will make them better in order to compete when postseason rolls around."
Moorhead Park Christian
Coach: Chrystal Deringer (fifth season)
Last year's finish: 13-10
Who's gone: Natalie Roisum, Mackenzie Weinberger, Ingrid Swanson and Maleah Stromme.
Key returners: Karley Motschenbacher, Jr., OH; Madi Wagendorf, MH; Molly Metzger, S.
Coach's comments: "We have a talented group of athletes for us. I'm looking forward to seeing them build on their success from last season and step into new roles on the team."
Coach: Missy Wilson (sixth season)
Last year's finish: 25-11, seventh at state
Who's gone: Winnie Selekwa
Key returners: Averi Beyer, Sr., L; Keely Terry, Jr., MH; Kenzee Langlie, Jr., S; Madison Langlie, Jr., OH; Grace Solberg, Jr., OH; Taylor Wills, Jr., DS.
Coach's comments: "We have a strong group of kids returning from last year's team who are pushing each other every day to get better. The energy and enthusiasm in the gym has been very positive, and we look to see that transition into competition. We are trying to establish quality habits and find that competitive edge throughout the season."
Coach: Jenna Pieterick (third season)
Last year's finish: 15-18
Who's gone: Elise Bakke, Alexis Jemtrud, Maddi Holm, Kaia Hudson and Anna Goffe.
Key returners: Rose Soori, Sr., OH/DS; Braylee Hansen, Sr. L; Kaylee Leabo, Sr., MH/OH; Karlie Goschen, Jr., S; Katelyn Arman, Jr., MH.
Coach's comments: "It is going to be a great season. We are young, but the energy and effort put forth just in preseason, I believe, is an indication of what's to come. We will definitely continue to learn throughout the season, but I am confident in this group's future successes."
Fargo Oak Grove
Coach: Julie Vancura (fifth season)
Last year's finish: 20-15
Who's gone: Carly Benusa and Lauren Cain.
Key returners: Julia Bogart, Jr., OH; Amanda Roller, Sr., DS; Kelyn Johnson, Sr., OH; Madeline Nelsen, Sr., MH; Morgan Niemiller, Jr., S; Lauren Forness, Sr., OH/MH
Coach's comments: "We have all juniors and seniors, so we are finally one of the older teams, so I'm hoping we can use our knowledge to create some good play. We're going to be very strong defensively, and we're working on running different routes to become a more offensive team. The outlook is good."
Coach: Curtis Johnson (ninth season)
Last year's finish: 24-14
Who's gone: Julia Vetter and Caira Berg.
Key returners: Natali Heinrich, Sr., DS; Grace Meier, Sr., OH; Jordyn Stroup, Sr., S; Reile Payne, Jr., OH.
Coach's comments: "We will be a young team looking to improve every match."
Coach: Peyton Wegleitner (first season)
Last year's finish: 11-21
Who's gone: Abbie Serva, Mackenzie Korbel and Anna Brakke
Key returners: Emily Jackson, Sr., S; Naiya Karl, Sr., MB; Maya Krause, So., OH; Ceely Fritz, Sr., OH; Mackenzie Walz, Sr., OH; Allison Rheault, Sr., DS; Alyssa Henry, Sr., MB
Coach's comments: "This year, we will have a good foundation of experience on the court and our key returners are paving the way. There's a strong cohesiveness about this team, and they have put a lot of time in this past offseason. I think it will be an exciting year for the Bruins."
Coach: Kelsey Gibbons (fourth season)
Last year's finish: 36-2, Eastern Dakota Conference champions, fifth at state
Who's gone: Darian Chwialkowski, Kalli Hegerle, Taylor Morris, Tiana Morris and Kisney Erickson
Key returners: Maddie Waldera, So., DS; Erin Binstock, So., OH/MH; McKenna Becher, Jr., MH; Brooklyn Myrvik, Sr., DS
Coach's comments: "Packer volleyball is excited for the upcoming season. We've lost five seniors, many who were multi-year starters. The 2018 team is ready and excited to create their own story and get to work. Throughout preseason so far we've seen so many improvements around our fundamentals. This year, the team will need to really focus on their skills and create a strong foundation to find success. We're very excited to see where the weeks take us. This crew has a lot of potential."
West Fargo Sheyenne
Coach: Leah Newton (sixth season)
Last year's finish: 14-20
Who's gone: Shay Weber
Key returners: Brooke Prochaska, S; Olivia Dobrinz, Sr., MH/RH; Cady Borchardt, Sr., MH/RH; Lexi Hoffner, Sr., D; Mya Lambert, Sr., D; Katelyn Galde, Sr., RH; Kenzie Newton, Jr., OH/S; Jadyn Feist, So., OH/MH
Coach's comments: "We look forward to building off of this past season. Leadership and team play will be our focus this season. We expect to have several players contributing on the court, which is exciting for our team."