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Parkers Prairie looks to gain experience quickly with new-look lineup

Head coach Amy Revering likes the versatility of the athletes she has to work with as the Panthers try to throw a lot of different looks at opponents this fall.

Parkers Prairie volleyball head coach Amy Revering expects that it will take some time for the Panthers to grow into new roles on varsity this fall.

Parkers Prairie is coming off a 7-4 season where five seniors were lost to graduation. That means there are spots in the lineup to grab.

“I expect that it will take a little time for our team to get into a rhythm as we have a lot of new players at the varsity level,” Revering said. “Once they have played alongside each other for a few weeks, I think we will be able to put a quicker offense on the court.

“We have three returning hitters who came on strong at the end of last season -- Cora Johnson, Grace Schroeder, and Jada Lego. After some reps with our new setters, I look forward to seeing what they can continue to do for the team. We have very solid passing out of Ashley Olson and Ashley Dreger, and a deep bench, so this sets the stage for some big hits.”

Lego, Johnson and Olson are returning junior letter winners. Schroeder is a returning senior letter winner, and Revering wants to see them all step into leadership roles for this group.

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“We have a lot of young talent and a lot of girls that are juniors and seniors, but have seen minimal varsity court time. It will take a bit to get the nerves out and get settled into positions,” Revering said. “This is a hard-working, positive group that is very versatile. We have quite a few girls who can play multiple positions so we have lots of options we can try. Once we gain some experience, and get reps in at the varsity pace, I believe the team will gain confidence and we will be ready to go up against any opponent.”

The Panthers will use that versatility of their players as a strength in game planning for opponents.

“The ability of our players to play multiple positions will allow us to give teams a few different looks and keep them guessing, but will also enable us to adjust serve receive, blockers, or offense quickly if we need to,” Revering said. “One of our biggest offensive threats coming into the season is our serving. We have a lot of powerful and smart servers. I also think the team really meshes well on the court and stays positive and that is key as we need to gain experience and work through some nerves early in the season.”

2021 PARKERS PRAIRIE VOLLEYBALL

SENIORS - Ashley Dreger, Cosette Stevein-Schroeder, Ally Kies, Delaney Kapphahn, Lydia Guenther, Grace Schroeder; JUNIORS - Jado Lego, Ashley Olson, Cora Johnson, Abbigail Ruckheim, Avery Benzinger, Kad Wehking; SOPHOMORE - Jessa Rounds; 8th GRADE - Alyssa Revering

PARKERS PRAIRIE VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE

Aug. 30 vs. Verndale, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 7 vs. Rothsay, 7:15 p.m.

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Sept. 14 at Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 16 vs. Underwood, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 21 at Ashby, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 25 Parkers Prairie Tournament, 9 a.m.

Sept. 28 at Rothsay, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 30 at Underwood, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 2 at Bertha-Hewitt Tournament, 9 a.m.

Oct. 5 at Bertha-Hewitt, 7:15 p.m.

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Oct. 7 vs. Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 9 at Mahnomen/Waubun Tournament, TBD

Oct. 11 vs. New York Mills, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 12 at Hillcrest, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 14 vs. Ashby, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 18 at Henning, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 19 vs. Brandon-Evansville, 7:15 p.m.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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