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(AUDIO) Howells-Dodge Volleyball hoping experience results in big season | KTIC Radio

(AUDIO) Howells-Dodge Volleyball hoping experience results in big season

(AUDIO) Howells-Dodge Volleyball hoping experience results in big season

Team: Howells-Dodge

Mascot: Jaguars

Colors: Green, Black, and Silver

Class: D-1

Head Coach: Neil VanLengen (347-203 career record)

2017 record: 15-16

Returning Starters: N/A

Overview:

The Howells-Dodge Volleyball Team looks to be better than they were last year given all the experience that is back for the Jaguars this season.

The Jaguars lost just one senior in Macey Kulhanek.

Howells-Dodge welcomes back seniors Erin Prusa (6’0, OPP), Jessi Brester (5’9, OH), Grace Dvorak (5’8, MB) and Tonya Brester (5’7 OPP/OH), as well as juniors Madyson Cech (5’9 OPP/MB)  and  Grace Kreikemeier (5’7, OH). Alyssa Coufal (5’5, JR S) is expected to be the team’s starting setter while Taya VanLengen (5’9, JR OH) is likely to start at Libero.

Head Coach Neil VanLengen says the Jaguars went to a summer camp in Columbus, a camp in Wayne, and the Top 10 camp in Kearney with varsity only.

He adds passing and serving has to be better in order for the Jaguars to have a chance to make state this year.

Season Outlook:

The Howells-Dodge Volleyball Team looks to kick off the season the right way on Thursday when they take on Oakland-Craig on the road in the season opener.

VanLengen says the Knights should be a little different team than last year with a few players returning from injury.

One of those players back is Dacey Nelson.

VanLengen says the East Husker Conference figures to be tough once again. “Obviously North Bend graduated a few pretty good seniors. But other than that out of the top teams have a lot of their top players coming back.”

VanLengen says the team finished 8th in last year’s conference tournament, and he hopes his team can move up maybe 3 or 4 spots this year.

The Jaguars are in Sub-District D1-5 with Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, High Plains, Fullerton, and Nebraska Christian.

VanLengen says sub-districts are almost irrelevant with the new sub-state format. “Even before it came out I said every game is important. It doesn’t matter really anymore what your sub-district is, if we can get in the top 10 or 12 in the power points we’re going to have a chance to make into the sub-state. We did get in a sub-district with Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, whose got one of the best players in the state in Taya Beller. And Nebraska Christian, who finished 31-0 in the regular season last year.”

2018 Howells-Dodge Jaguars Volleyball Schedule:

08/23/18 @ Oakland-Craig
08/25 (To Be Determined) Randolph Quad (4-Team Round Robin) Randolph
08/28/18 @ Clarkson/Leigh
09/04/18 Pender Triangular (host: Emerson-Hubbard)
09/04/18 Emerson-Hubbard Triangular (host: Emerson-Hubbard)
09/08 (To Be Determined) Howells-Dodge Tourn. (4-Team Round Robin) Dodge
09/11/18 Wakefield
09/13/18 @ Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS)
09/18/18 Lutheran High Northeast
09/25/18 BRLD Double Triangular (host: Wisner-Pilger)
09/25/18 Madison Double Triangular (host: Wisner-Pilger)
09/29-09/29 Clarkson-Leigh (1-Day Tournament, >4 Teams) Clarkson
10/02/18 Stanton
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 @ North Bend Central
10/18/18 @ Tekamah-Herman
10/23/18 Pender Triangular (host: Howells-Dodge)
10/23/18 West Point-Beemer Triangular (host: Howells-Dodge)

Click here to listen to Interview with Coach VanLengen

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