Team: West Point-Beemer
Colors: Red and White
Head Coach: Conley Straight (2nd season)
2017 record: 19-12
Returning Starters: 3
The West Point-Beemer Volleyball Team is expecting a lot this year with a lot of seniors on the roster, and a 19-12 season last year.
Returning starters for the Cadets include Brooke Haase (5’11, SR MH), Sidney Swanson (5’7, SO OH), and Brooklyn Weddle (5’4, SO DS).
This year’s seniors are Abby Kaup (5’8, OH), Kendra Paasch (6’0, RS), Andrea Hoffman (5’4, DS), Ashton Troyer (5’6, RS/DS), Rebecca Weddell (5’8, MH), and Conestoga transfer Sierra Kile (5’9, S).
7 seniors were lost from last year, and they are Katie Pilakowski, Lizbeth Inzunza, Leigh Jahnke, Brittney Hinkel, Nicole Mitzel, and Makenna Weddle.
Head Coach Conley Straight says he was pleased with offseason weightlifting and conditioning, saying it was a lot better than last year.
The team went to the Wayne State and Concordia Team Camps over the summer.
West Point-Beemer has high expectations heading into this season with all the talent and senior leadership they have.
The Cadets will be tested early though as they open up the season on Tuesday at Stanton.
Straight says the Mustangs will be a good test for his squad early on. “Uh definitely. They’re probably one of the favorites to win Class C-2 this year. And in building the schedule for this season I think it’s good to start with someone that is a state contender. It kind of shows us where we’re at as a team, where we need to go, those types of things. It’s great to be challenged at the beginning of the year. It really prepares us for the entire season.”
Straight says there are a lot of quality teams and players in the East Husker Conference. “You definitely have a lot of teams that have one or two players that can take over a match this year. It’s going to be tough competition every single night, we’re going to have to come with our A game every single night to be competitive in the East Husker Conference this year again.”
The Cadets are in Sub-District C1-6 with Arlington, North Bend Central, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, and Tekamah-Herman.
Straight says the Cadets will play everyone in their sub-district in the regular season.
He adds the team has some unfinished business to tend to. “We were one win away, one set away from making it to sub-state last year. And I know the girls coming back this year know that they can make it to sub-state.”
Straight says the goal is to make it to sub-state and win that match to make state.
2018 West Point-Beemer Cadets Volleyball Schedule:
08/28/18 @ Stanton
08/30-09/01 (To Be Determined) Northeast Volleyball Classic (2/3-Day Tournament) Wisner-Pilger/Pender
09/06/18 Schuyler Triangular (host: West Point-Beemer)
09/06/18 Twin River Triangular (host: West Point-Beemer)
09/11/18 @ Tekamah-Herman
09/15-09/15 (To Be Determined) Stanton (1-Day Tournament, >4 Teams) Stanton
09/18/18 Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS) Triangular (host: Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS))
09/18/18 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Triangular (host: Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS))
09/20/18 North Bend Central
09/25/18 Arlington Triangular (host: West Point-Beemer)
09/25/18 Wayne Triangular (host: West Point-Beemer)
09/27/18 @ Norfolk Catholic
10/02/18 Douglas County West Triangular (host: Douglas County West)
10/02/18 Oakland-Craig Triangular (host: Douglas County West)
10/11-10/13 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament (2/3-Day Tournament) TBA
10/16/18 @ Boone Central/Newman Grove
10/23/18 Pender Triangular (host: Howells-Dodge)
10/23/18 Howells-Dodge Triangular (host: Howells-Dodge)