Colors: Red, Blue, and Gray
Head Coach: Becky Schneider (7th season) (76-115 career record)
2017 record: 25-10 (Lost to BDS in the first round of state)
Returning Starters: 5
The Clarkson/Leigh Patriots return 5 starters from last year’s state qualifying team.
Returners include Kaegan Held (5’4, SR S), Ashlynn Novotny (5’10, JR M), Holly Kuhr (5’3, SR DS), Sara McEvoy (5’8, SR RS), Paige Moore (5’9, SR OS), Halee Steffensmeier (5’4, SR L), and Beth Wiese (5’9, SR OS).
Other returning letterwinners/newcomers include Hannah Kasik (5’10, SR M), Kim Stodola (5’10, JR M), Brittney Urbanek (5’8, JR DS), Cassidy Hoffman (6’0, SO M/RS), Alissa Kasik (5’3, SO DS), and Kayden Schumacher (5’8, SO OS).
Hannah Kasik returns this year after missing all of last year with an injury.
The only senior lost from last year was Sydney Folken.
7th year Head Coach Becky Schneider says the Patriots are loaded this year. “We return 5 starters and have a solid senior class, backed up with some returning juniors and sophomores. We bring lots of varsity experience and a lot of depth. We look to continue to be successful as our girls have been working hard and they know what it takes to come out on top!”
The Patriots were in D-1 last year, and are now in C-2. Schneider says there’s not much room for error if the team hopes to make a second straight trip to Lincoln. “We’ve got a lot of girls that know and want to get back to state. And we’ve preached that we can’t take any sets off. Every set is going to matter. Actually even in practice we have the motto like every rep counts. So we go hard in practice, they know what’s expected of them, and they just know that they can’t take any points off, and that it’s going to count all the way to the end.”
Schneider says the team is looking pretty fierce.
She adds the team took part in the Northeast Nebraska Winter League, Nebraska Wesleyan Team Camp, and the Top 10 camp in Kearney over the offseason.
Clarkson/Leigh hosts arch rival Howells-Dodge in the season opener Tuesday night in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.
Schneider says the Jaguars got the best of her team in Kearney. “We faced them down in Kearney, and they’ve actually stepped up. They have a few players that kind of got to us, and we actually lost both sets.”
Tuesday night’s match is set to start at 6:30 p.m. on the Bull.
Clarkson/Leigh is in Sub-District C2-6 with Stanton, Battle Creek, Norfolk Catholic, and Madison.
Schneider says she likes the new sub-state format. “I’m kind of hit and miss on the power points. I think it’s a great system that they’ve put in. I feel that they went about it all wrong previously. But this way I feel that it’s the best shot that you have to definitely earn your way to state, and not be a shoe in, or a lack thereof. But I like it, I like the idea of it, and I hope it plays well in our favor.”
Schneider hopes her team is one of the top dogs in the East Husker Conference this season as well.
2018 Clarkson/Leigh Patriots Volleyball Schedule:
08/30/18 Madison Triangular (host: Madison)
08/30/18 Stanton Triangular (host: Madison)
09/04/18 @ BRLD
09/13/18 High Plains Community Triangular (host: High Plains Community)
09/13/18 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Triangular (host: High Plains Community)
09/15-09/15 (To Be Determined) Stanton (1-Day Tournament, >4 Teams) Stanton
09/18/18 @ Twin River
09/22-09/22 (To Be Determined) Hampton Tournament (1-Day Tournament, >4 Teams) Hampton
09/25/18 @ Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS)
09/29-09/29 (To Be Determined) Clarkson-Leigh (1-Day Tournament, >4 Teams) Clarkson
10/02/18 Shelby/Rising City Triangular (host: Clarkson/Leigh)
10/02/18 Lutheran High Northeast Triangular (host: Clarkson/Leigh)
10/04/18 Humphrey St. Francis
10/06 (To Be Determined) Humphrey-Lindsay Holy Family Quad (4-Team Round Robin) Humphrey
10/11-10/13 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament (2/3-Day Tournament) TBA
10/16/18 @ Oakland-Craig
10/22/18 @ Pender