The Oakland-Craig volleyball team opens its season on Thursday, August 31 taking part in the Northeast Nebraska Tournament hosted by Pender and Wisner-Pilger.
Head coach Chelsey Quigley says preparations for the year have gone well.
“Practices have been going pretty good. We have a very young team this year, so it’s been a lot of catching up and learning new skills and drills,” Quigley said. “They learn really fast and they’re coming quite a ways, so I’m really looking forward to see what they can do against an opponent.”
A key loss for Oakland-Craig will be standout Dacey Nelson, who suffered a torn ACL over the summer and will miss the entire season.
Notable returners for the Knights include Natalia McNeil in the middle and Kennedy Benne moves from the outside to setter.
Coach Quigley said that seniors Beth Moseman and Dani Meyer have stepped into leadership roles this year.
“They have just really taken on a leadership responsibility and they’ve done a fantastic job getting things done and making sure practices are always running at a high intensity,” Quigley said.
Quigley talks about what fans can expect to see from the Knights this season.
“I always like to say that Oakland-Craig is a team that hustles all the time. We never let a ball drop on the floor without making a move for it, so I expect for everybody to hopefully see that this year as well,” Quigley said. “Defensively it’s always kind of the goal for the season to get balls up. But I’m hoping just to see more excitement. That’s been a goal this year, is to get more excited for each other after every play and to just be team focused and just get excited for each other and have some fun.”
Oakland-Craig faces Lutheran High Northeast in Pender on Thursday, August 31 as part of the Northeast Nebraska Tournament.