Hook, line, spiker!
As the Lady Skippers Volleyball Team approaches their 2010 season, they will have a valuable piece of the puzzle returning.
The team is in action again this year with a roster full of talented athletes to prepare for a championship season. Coach Chuck Weisner stated, “All of the girls have great attitudes, and very good volleyball skills. On paper we are better than we were last year, and last year we were champions with a 13-1 record.”
Returning sophomores are Taylor Dziewit from Almont, Amber Mallory from Linden, Hannah Jones from Port Huron, Jessica Anderson from Durand, and Kim Deland from Marysville. Kim Deland, Amber Mallory, and Taylor Dziewit are the team’s captains this year. “These girls are fantastic leaders, and they set great examples for their teammates as well,” Coach Chuck Weisner said. The girls are working on their relationships off the court as well as on the court in order to amount to a well working group. “Our team has a lot of potential to be great. We are just starting out so we aren’t quite used to player together yet, but once that aspect of the team comes together we will be unstoppable,” captain Kim Deland said.
The Skippers also recruited 7 new freshmen; amongst the 7 are 3 standout players from the thumb, Amanda Curley, Kelly David, and Ellery Owen. Amanda Curley was awarded Miss Volleyball in 2009 for the Blue Water Region while playing for Marysville High School during her senior year. Another sparkle on the roster is Miss Kelly David who helped take her Beal City High School volleyball team to the State Finals last year. Also recruited from Lapeer East High School, Ellery Owen took the Lapeer Eagles to the State Quarter Finals. When asked about the level of play which the girls possess, Weisner said, “All the girls on this team were either the top player on her team, or 1 of the top 2 players.
Coach Weisner stated, “We have almost a perfect blend of sophomores and freshmen on the team, as long as we block and play great defense, we will be fine.”
Dziewit was a member of a Lady Skipper’s team that won the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Eastern Conference Championship and went all the way to the finals of the National Junior College Athletic Association District E Volleyball Tournament losing to Columbus State Community College.
In 2009 Dziewit was named to the MCCAA all region team, all MCCAA team, Eastern Conference first team, and All Freshman Team.
With all of her accomplishments Dziewit remains modest by saying her expectations for this year are to have fun overall.
The Skippers first game is Thursday, September 9th, at 7 p.m. against the Oakland Community College Raiders.
The volleyball team starts their 2010 season with a tournament at Owens Community College Sept. 3 and 4 and return home return for their home opener Thursday Sept. 9 at 7 a.m. against Oakland Community College.
All Lady Skipper Volleyball games are played in the gym. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for students and children eight and younger are free.