After finishing the 2018 season with a record of 10-12, the West Central Area volleyball team is looking to take another step forward this fall.

After beating Battle Lake 3-2 in the first round of the playoffs, the Knights lost 3-0 to Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley and saw their season come to an end.

Now, the Knights are gearing up for a stronger season with eight returning letter winners and a new head coach.

Missy Foslien is starting her first year at the helm and will have a good roster with her. Seniors Hailey Bennett, Kaleigh Anderson, Kaylyn Ulrich, Savannah Swenson and Ellie Herman all return to the court for the Knights.

Last spring, WCA graduated its outside hitter, Morgan Woodle, and libero, Kaitlyn Sanstead. Developing strength in those areas is something Foslien will look to address.

“We are looking to develop power hitters,” Foslien said. “We need that go-to hitter to be our playmaker. If we could build on that we will be okay.”

In Section 6A, Henning and CGB will be tough to beat again. Brandon-Evansville is returning a solid nucleus from a 20-win season, and Foslien also believes that New York Mills will stand in the Knights’ way.

“We will be pretty scrappy this year,” she said. “I think we cover the floor well. We don’t have a lot of height, but if we can get a touch on the block it will help tremendously.”

WCA VOLLEYBALL ROSTER - SENIORS- Hailey Bennett, Kaleigh Anderson, Kaylyn Ulrich, Ellie Herman, Savannah Swenson, Hannah Holman

JUNIORS- Emma Swenson, Morgan Stark, Brooke Anderson, Holly Gilsdorf

SOPHOMORES- Liz Rustan, Halle Foslien

COACHES - Head coach - Missy Foslien - 1st season; Assistant coaches - Naomi Moerke, Lauren Funk

2019 WCA VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE

Aug. 27 vs. Ashby, 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 29 vs. Frazee, 7:30

Sept. 5 at Wheaton-HN, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 7at Wheaton Tournament, 9 a.m.

Sept. 10 vs. Pelican Rapids, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 12 at CGB, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 16 at New York Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 17 vs. Ortonville, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 19 at Hancock, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 24 vs. Wheaton-HM, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 26 at Brandon-Evansville, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 28 at Bertha-Hewitt Invite, 9 a.m.

Oct. 1 vs. CGB, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 3 at Ortonville, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 8 vs. Hancock, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 14 vs. Parkers Prairie, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 15 at Rothsay, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 21 Subsection playoffs, TBD