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Hopes are high for 2003 volleyball team

Thursday, August 14, 2003

Members of Northview's varsity volleyball squad are: (Front row l-r) Megan Love, Jade Girton, Heather Palmer, Erica Koehler and Brittney Spugnardi. (Back row l-r) Natalie Shoemaker, Laura McCrea, Christy Fulk, Lindsey Stearley, Casey Challandes and Coach Laura Rahn.

Northview volleyball coach Laura Rahn (formerly Peifer) would probably rather forget the end of last season and focus on beginning anew this year.

The Knights started the 2002 season with a solid effort, hitting the midway point with a 9-8 record after a victory over county rival Clay City. But after that win, the wheels certainly fell off the wagon as Northview capped a 2-11 finish with a three set loss to powerful Terre Haute South in their sectional opener. The final result was an 11-19 season that left a lot of questions about what direction the team would take this year.

Though there are some big questions for the Knights to answer, the pieces are available for an improvement over last season.

Northview will have to replace All-WIC hitter Millie Carr who graduated along with Jessica Reece and Ashley Pierce who all added toughness and attitude. Sarah Wetnight will also be hard to replace in the middle because of her size (5'11) and blocking ability.

The team will again have to make due without much height on the front line and rely on the passing ability of senior Erica Koehler who returns along with five other varsity starters.

Koehler is the catalyst to the Northview offense. Last year she provided double-digit assists, points and digs almost every game.

The team is going to expect big things from sophomore Heather Palmer whose athleticism will be key on the front line for the Knights. Several months after a stellar softball season, Natalie Shoemaker returns at setter to complement Koehler.

Christy Fulk makes the transition from JV to varsity and brings height (5'11) though her varsity experience is lacking.

Lindsey Stearley returns to the varsity team along with Jade Girton and Laura McCrea to add experience. Casey Challandes will move up to varsity and Megan Love fills out the squad with Brittney Spugnardi likely getting both JV and varsity time.

The Knights will need to get big numbers from Koehler and Palmer to help counteract the loss of their graduates, but the pieces are there. If Northview can get key contributions from their younger players this team should make some noise in the WIC.

The team is going to expect big things from sophomore Heather Palmer whose athleticism will be key on the front line for the Knights. Several months after a stellar softball season, Natalie Shoemaker returns at setter to complement Koehler.

Christy Fulk makes the transition from JV to varsity and brings height (5'11) though her varsity experience is lacking.

Lindsey Stearley returns to the varsity team along with Jade Girton and Laura McCrea to add experience. Casey Challandes will move up to varsity and Megan Love fills out the squad with Brittney Spugnardi likely getting both JV and varsity time.

The Knights will need to get big numbers from Koehler and Palmer to help counteract the loss of their graduates, but the pieces are there. If Northview can get key contributions from their younger players this team should make some noise in the WIC.



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