Vikings look to reload in 2017

Evergreen volleyball returns some players from last year’s squad that finished 14-10 overall and 4-3 in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League, but most of the key athletes have graduated.

“My team is determined this year,” said veteran head coach Kelsey Wulf. “Determined to do better and use our experience to our advantage. Last year, we were plagued with serious injuries, 3 ACL tears, and caused many different line-ups and inconsistencies.”

Returning letter winners for the Vikings are Kori Kreuz, Hannah Herr, Courtney Krieger, Jamie VanLoocke, Lexie Truckor, Bailie Sutter, and Cecilia Silvestri.

Wulf feels the experience of her team is a strength for the upcoming season. She also says the players are good communicators and gel well together as a team.

“They have been very committed to volleyball this summer, and improving their skills,” explained Wulf.

However, the Vikings will have to replace four letter winners who received all-league honors in 2016.

Those players are Alyssa Noe (first team All-NWOAL, first team District 7), Lindsay Carr (first team All-NWOAL, second team District 7), Lauren Overfield (honorable mention All-NWOAL, honorable mention District 7), and Lexie Shipman (honorable mention All-NWOAL). The team also lost Megan Floyd.

Newcomers to the squad are Mckenna Babcock, Kelsie Komisarek, Myra Kuszmaul, and Sierra Tack.

A weakness for the team is that of the players on the roster; the tallest is Babcock, at 5-feet, nine inches.

In the NWOAL, the Vikings will be a tough out, according to their coach.

“Our league is going to be competitive, as it always is. I expect us to compete amongst the top teams,” said Wulf.

Evergreen begins the season on the road at Maumee Tuesday.

By Max Householder

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010