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Volleyball: Parkers Prairie aims for another winning season

The Parkers Prairie volleyball team is looking to build off a 2021 season where it went 17-12 and finished in the top half of its conference and subsection.

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Amy Revering leads a pregame cheer for the Parkers Prairie volleyball team during a match at home on Nov. 19, 2020. Parkers Prairie has a 24-16 record over the last two seasons and is looking for another winning season in 2022.
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With a mix of returners and new starters, the Parkers Prairie volleyball team aims to be one of the best in the Little Eight Conference and the 6A South subsection in 2022.

“I expect us to be top contenders in both the Little Eight Conference and our subsection,” head coach Amy Revering said. “I expect a high serving percentage as a team while also putting up aggressive jump serves and hitting spots, a balanced offense, and strong team chemistry. This team loves the game, works hard together, and has lots of fun on the court. They have high expectations of themselves and have been working all summer to reach their personal and team goals.”

Parkers Prairie went 17-12 last season (10-8 section 6A, 7-3 LEC). The Panthers went 1-1 in the 2021 Section 6A playoffs with a win over Brandon-Evansville and a loss to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. Revering expects Underwood to be one of the top teams in the conference as well as in the section, along with Henning. Revering also highlighted BBE as one of the top teams in the subsection heading into the season.

The Panthers are looking to build off of last year’s finish with returning players Cora Johnson (senior libero), Jada Lego (senior outside hitter), Ashley Olson (senior outside hitter) and Alyssa Revering (freshman setter/right side player).

“All four have contagious personalities, a passion for the game, strong work ethic, great leadership skills, and lots of experience, not only through our program but also in JO volleyball,” Amy Revering said. “They lead by example and know when to bring seriousness to the court and when to have a little fun.”

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Newcomers Jessa Rounds, defensive specialist (junior) and Alex Lego, setter (freshman), are just two of the many newcomers that coach Revering expects to contribute to the varsity team.

“Jessa Rounds will be coming in as our defensive specialist,” Revering said. She is quick on defense and a very solid serve receiver. We will likely be switching from a 5-1 to a 6-2, running two freshmen setters. Revering will return from last year, but newcomer Alexa Lego will be stepping in as setter No. 2. I am excited to see what she brings to the court. We also have sophomore Ellie Koep, who is looking to make an impact out of the middle. She puts up a big block with her vertical and has great net play. We have two right-side hitters, Avery Benzinger (who always puts the ball in play) and Kad Wehking (who looks for kills in every attack), looking to make a big presence on the court.

Parkers Prairie has finished the last four out of five seasons with a winning record and is looking for another in 2022.

“We have a lot of new players to varsity,” Revering said. “They will need to gain experience in the faster-paced game. We also need many reps in practice, as we lost both middles from last year and are adding a new setter to the mix. Our other big obstacle to overcome is a lack of confidence. The girls have set high goals for themselves and get flustered when they make mistakes.”

Parkers Prairie begins its season on Sept. 1 with a match at Verndale at 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie has made one state tournament in its history, in 2009.

PARKERS PRAIRIE PANTHERS- Head Coach - Amy Revering, 16th season (12th as head coach); Assistant coaches - Alicia Kruse (JV), Karin Wagner (C-Squad), Heather Moske (Booster Coach)

PARKERS PRAIRIE ROSTER - SENIORS - Ashley Olson, Libero; Jada Lego, outside hitter
Cora Johnson, outside hitter; Abbi Ruckheim, middle blocker; Avery Benzinger, utility; Laura Hagel- utility; Kad Wehking, Right Side; JUNIORS - Jessa Rounds, defensive specialist; SOPHOMORES - Ellie Koep, middle blocker; FRESHMAN - Alyssa Revering, Setter/RS; Alexa Lego, Setter; Evy Griniger- MS/RS

PARKERS PRAIRIE VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE

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Sept. 1 at Verndale, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 6 vs CGB, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 8 vs Brandon-Evansville, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 13 at Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Wheaton, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 22 vs Underwood, 7:15 p.m.

Sept 24 Home Tournament, 9 a.m.

Sept 26 at BBE, 7:15 p.m.

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Sept. 27 vs Hancock, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 29 vs Hillcrest, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 1 at Bertha-Hewitt tournament, 9 a.m.

Oct. 4 vs Bertha-Hewitt, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 8 Mahnomen Tournament, 9 a.m.

Oct. 10 at New York Mills, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 11 vs Rothsay, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 13 at Ashby, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 17 vs Henning, 7:15 p.m.

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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