Coach Albers will start the 2007 season fresh off their 20 win season a year ago. The team lost two seniors but gained three new freshmen that should make an immediate impact. The Yellow Jackets volleyball team will start practice on August 11th.
Returning players from a year ago are sophomore middle hitter Kristen Engle who was All Conference and DAC Freshman of the Year. Also returning will be sophomore starting setter Mandy Brumfield, and three-year starting seniors Carly Benz on the right side and Mindi Mayer in the middle hitter position. Two others returning with experience as defensive specialists are senior Jennifer Weitzel and senior Chelsey Mort. Rounding out the Yellow Jacket’s roster returning from a year ago are Carina Sweet, Victoria Cross, Kayla Haines, Annie Grim, Lindsey Schloredt, and Melissa Hampton who will all add much needed experience.
All three newcomers joining the 2007 Yellow Jacket roster will be freshman. Maggie O’Neil from Bennett County High School in South Dakota and Tiffany Thomas from Laurel High School in Montana will both be competing for time at the outside hitter position. Kalin Engle will join her sister in the program from Newcastle High School in Wyoming to add depth at the Middle Hitter position.
Coach Albers had this to say looking at the upcoming 2007 season, “We have a strong nucleus of returning players that we can build on from last years season. The keys to this year’s success are to fill the outside hitter positions vacated by graduating seniors and establishing continuity with the new individuals on the floor. The result of this will lead to the goal of getting back to the Dakota Athletic Conference Championship and the step to the next level.”
The Yellow Jackets Women’s Volleyball team will start their season with a scrimmage at home on August 17th. They will then travel the next two weeks. They will then return for their first Dakota Athletic Conference match against rival South Dakota School of Mines on September 5th. You can get the 2007 schedule and additional information here on our website. Come support the Jackets Volleyball team as they start another great season!!