Coach: Tessa Tysver (12th season)

Last season: 13-17

Who's gone: Joeli Kelson and Allie Critchley.

Key returners: Maria Watt, Jr., MH; Peyton Wilson, Sr., MH; Hailey Wagner, Jr., L; Mariah Iwen, Jr., S; Kelsey Rheault, Sr., O; Kaylee Thune, Sr., O; Mallory Leithner, So., O.

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Coach's comments: "We return a lot of girls with one or two years of starting experience and hope to build off of how we ended last season."


Moorhead's Claire Howell      Michael Vosburg / Forum photo editor
Moorhead's Claire Howell Michael Vosburg / Forum photo editor

Coach: Char Lien (21st season)

Last season: 22-11, sixth at state tournament

Who's gone: Brook Carney, Brooke Walthall and Mallory Lee.

Key returners: Jalen Ennen, Sr., OH; Ayana Blythe, Sr., MH; Claire Howell, Sr., S/H; Megan Haugo, Sr., O; Sam Zimmerman, Jr., MH.

Coach's comments: "The Spuds are excited to return some key players at vital roles which should help make a statement in the section. But we know we can't rest on what we have accomplished in the past. Early on the focus will be on serve receive in order to make our offense productive. Considering we open up the season with some tough competition, playing No. 2 North Branch and No. 4 Champlin Park in the first few weeks, the bar is set high once again. This should help us find out exactly how we stack up in the state right away."

Moorhead Park Christian

Coach: Chrystal Deringer (sixth season)

Last season: 16-9

Who's gone: Molly Metzger, Grace Heinen and Amanda Strom.

Key returners: Karley Motschenbacher, Sr., OH; Madi Wagendorf, Jr., MH; Allison Lien, Sr., L.

Coach's comments: "The level of competition in our gym is at a very high level right now. It will be exciting to see our athlete’s hard work pay off on the court this season."

Fargo Davies

Coach: Carolyn Olson (first season)

Last season: 32-9, third place at state tournament

Who's gone: Averi Beyer.

Key returners: Kenzee Langlie, Sr., S; Madison Langlie, Sr., OH; Grace Solberg, Jr., OH; Taylor Wills, Sr., DS; Ava Wild, So., MH; Maddie Cooper, Sr., MH; Natalie Hallstrom, Sr., OH; Justice Thilges, Jr., DS; Morgan Hall, Sr., OH.

Coach's comments: "We're returning a very experienced squad. They experienced quite a bit of success last year. Hoping to continue to build on the success and improve every day in practice."

Fargo North

Coach: Craig Pool (first season)

Last season: 12-19

Who's gone: Rose Soori, Braylee Hansen and Kaylee Leabo.

Key returners: Karlie Goshen, Sr., L; Emily Skalicky, So., S; Grace Miller, So., MH; Anachelle Luz, Jr., DS.

Coach's comments: "We are young, but filled with a lot of potential. I have had limited opportunities to really watch them play and compete, but I like what I've seen. This year, we will only have two seniors on the roster, but a lot of very athletic and competitive juniors and sophomores. Our biggest challenged will be in the serve and pass aspect, but they have a great desire to improve. Because of our quickness, we need to focus on an up-tempo style. For us to be competitive in the upper echelon of the EDC, we need to push ourselves every day in practice. It's not how we start, it's how we finish."

Fargo Oak Grove

Fargo Oak Grove's Kara Berg     Michael Vosburg / Forum photo editor
Fargo Oak Grove's Kara Berg Michael Vosburg / Forum photo editor

Coach: Julie Vancura (sixth season)

Last season: 29-9, third in region tournament

Who's gone: Amanda Roller, Kelyn Johnson, Madeline Nelsen, Lauren Forness, Jaycie Gunderon, Sydney Iwerks and Viktoria Hustova.

Key returners: Julia Bogart, Sr., OH; Kara Berg, Sr., S; Morgan Niemiller, Sr., S; Natalia Kellerman, Sr., DS; Emily Stover, Sr., DS.

Coach's comments: "This upcoming year is full of opportunities. We have a strong group of athletes up and coming to fulfill many roles. These athletes are willing to put in the time and work to achieve the goals they set for each other. I am excited to see how far our potential will take us as we graduated an outstanding group. This year we will have the chance to create something special."

Fargo Shanley

Fargo Shanley's Reile Payne (far right)     Michael Vosburg / Forum photo editor
Fargo Shanley's Reile Payne (far right) Michael Vosburg / Forum photo editor

Coach: Curtis Johnson (10th season)

Last season: 23-14, finished sixth at state tournament

Who's gone: Natalie Heinrich, Grace Meier and Jordyn Stroup.

Key returners: Reile Payne, Sr., OH; Lander Friederichs, Jr., MH; Olivia Manuel, Sr., DS.

Coach's comments: "We have a lot of underclassmen and seniors really working hard to obviously make state. Our goal this year is to make the state tournament and do better than last year like always. Without throwing a lot of cliches, we're just trying to get better every match, and we're going to be even younger than we have been in the past, and we'll have some growing pains, but we'll be ready by tournament time."

Fargo South

Coach: Peyton Wegleitner (second season)

Last season: 12-23

Who's gone: Mackenzie Walz, Emily Jackson, Ceely Fritz, Naiya Karl, Ally Rheault and Alyssa Henry.

Key returners: Christina Henry, So., M/RS; Ashley Sather, Sr., DS; Maya Krause, Jr., O/RS/S; Parker Seelig, Sr., DS/L.

Coach's comments: "We are eager to get the season started. With a lot of new faces, this team is young and ready to give Bruin volleyball a refresh. This group has a lot of heart and determination that they will bring to the court this season. They're ready to compete every single game against every single opponent."

West Fargo

Coach: Kelsey Gibbons (fifth season)

Last season: 23-15, East Region champions, fourth at state

Who's gone: Kazira Larson, Brooklyn Myrvik and Mariah Schatz.

Key returners: Halle Erickson, Jr.; Erin Binstock, Jr.; Maddie MCKinnon, Jr.; Maddie Waldera, Jr.; Lucie Holaday, Jr.; Nadia Chwialkowski, So.; McKenna Becher, Sr.; Kate Tveito, Sr.

Coach's comments: "The girls have high expectations on the season, but we have a lot of work to do to achieve our goals. Goal of the season is to be at the top of the EDC, and the only way we'll get there is by showing up every day and improve every day. Each day is an opportunity to move the needle on our measurable goals."

West Fargo Sheyenne

Coach: Leah Newton (seventh season)

Last season: 25-12, fifth at state)

Who's gone: Olivia Dobrinz, Alexis Hoffner, Mya Lambert, Brooke Prochaska, Katelyn Galde and Cady Borchardt.

Key returners: McKenzie Newton, Sr.; Ellie Such, Sr.; Nadia Kranz, Sr.; Jadyn Feist, Jr.

Coach's comments: "We have a great group of players that work hard and have a team-first attitude. We expect a variety of players to contribute and look for new leaders to help us build off of last year’s state appearance."