GRISWOLD – The Griswold volleyball team will be looking to gain consistency this coming season and will call on a number of role players last year to help them get the job done.
The Tigers got their three best kill leaders and two of their top three blockers, so there’s quite a bit of experience.
The good news? The team’s top passer and a second-team Corner Conference libero are back.
Senior Lydia Greiman finished second in the corner with 382 assists in 59 sets and was also a strong defender with 75 digs and 14 assisted blocks. Anna Kelley, another senior, will return to the Libero after digging 233 times in 58 sets, good for the second around the corner.
Brenna Rossell is the team’s other returning senior, with 137 digs and 65 kills, the most among returning players. She also had a 92.3% serve success rate, an area that has been a strength of the Tiger in recent seasons.
With six senior graduates, coach Jody Rossell has promising talents that she hopes to develop among her three seniors: juniors Makenna Askeland (outside striker and defensive specialist), Emma Mundorf (central blocker) and McKenna Wiechman (utility); and sophomoes Carolina Arcia (passer), Witney Pennock (defensive specialist / outside hitter) and Carley Danker (center blocker / hitter on the opposite side).
“We continue to be a strong serving team and I expect defense to be a strength for us,” said coach Rossell. “Although we graduated six seniors last year and lack experience in some positions, we have a lot of young talent who are adaptable and able to fill in many different ways.”
East Mills and Stanton fought for the Corner title a year ago, and it was the Viqueens who reached the Iowa Class 1A regional championship. East Mills had only lost twice in the regular season, but the pandemic prematurely ended what could have been for the Wolverines. These two teams, along with Sidney, are expected to be among the biggest threats to the Corner title this fall.
The Tigers are set to open the season at home today against Lenox, in a battle for the Tigers.