The Alexandria volleyball team is looking to rebound from a 13-15 season.
A six-match losing streak in the beginning part of its schedule in 2018 put the Cardinals in a hole. However, they followed it up by winning their next four matches. After beating Bemidji 3-0 in the first round of the Section 8AAA tournament, they fell to Willmar 3-0 in the second round.
The Cardinals opened their 2019 season with a four-set loss at Bemidji on Aug. 22.
Head coach Mary Byrne would like the Cardinals to finish top three in the Central Lakes Conference and be competitive in the section. Ella Grove, Mia McGrane, Erika Roderick, Meg Shercliffe, Tessa McGrane and Madi Heid are returning letter winners to lean on, and Byrne likes this team’s serving and their overall work ethic.
Byrne also believes that her girls need to get better at defense and passing as the season goes on. She sees Willmar as the team to beat in the conference and the section with Moorhead also looking to compete for a section title.
2019 ALEXANDRIA VOLLEYBALL ROSTER - SENIORS - Erika Roderick, Mia McGrane, Meg Shercliffe, Ella Grove
JUNIORS - Micaela Nelson, Lexi Cole
SOPHOMORES - Tessa McGrane, Madi Heid, Cora Larson, Addie Boesel, Gabby Staples, Lily Thul, Maggie Anderson
FRESHMAN - Kiya Isendorf
EIGHTH-GRADE - Maddi Buysse
COACHES - Head coach - Mary Byrne - second season, 13-15; Assistant coaches - Angie Einerson, Morgan Scherber, Mackenzie Dougherty, Alyssa Andrews
ALEXANDRIA VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE
Aug. 22 at Bemidji, 7 p.m.
Aug. 29 vs. St. Cloud Apollo, 7 p.m.
Sept. 3 at St. Cloud Tech, 7 p.m.
Sept. 5 at Sartell, 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 Coon Rapids Tournament, 7 a.m.
Sept. 10 at Sauk Rapids-Rice, 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 vs. Willmar, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 at Chanhassen Tournament, 9 a.m.
Sept. 17 vs. Moorhead, 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 vs. Brainerd, 7 p.m.
Sept. 24 vs. Fergus Falls, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 at Rocori, 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 at St. Cloud Apollo, 7 p.m.
Oct. 3 vs. St. Cloud Tech, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 Alexandria Invite, 9 a.m.
Oct. 8 vs. Sartell, 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 Section play-in, 7 p.m.