Mixing veterans with newcomers; Warriors hoping for top-3 UIC finish
Thursday, August 16, 2012 4:39 AM
South Winn volleyball coaches Robin Gossman and Darcy Einck have a core group of returning players they know they can count on.
Returning letter winners for the Warriors are, from left, front row - Jessica Lensing, Courtney Humpal. Second row - Morgan Kuennen, Kari Zidlicky. Back row - Karissa Knutson, Becca Franzen. Absent was Micole Lansing. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Those seven players will be huge this season as Gossman and Einck look to replace six graduated seniors who provided a lot of veteran experience and talent a year ago.
But if anyone can do it, it's the coaching duo of Gossman and Einck, who are in their third year of co-leading the program.
A strong year
The Warriors put together a strong 2011 campaign, utilizing their veteran leadership. The team rolled through the conference schedule, tying with North Fayette for second with an 8-2 record.
Come the postseason, the Warriors tangled with league-champion Sumner-Fredericksburg in Sumner. In the end, the Cougars proved too tough, defeating South Winn 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-20).
The Warriors finished the year 15-11 overall.
As a team in conference matches, the Warriors had 338 kills and 965 attack attempts, for a .228 kill efficiency. They served 685-for-765, with a .895 serving efficiency percentage, to go with 86 aces. The team had 313 assists, 592 digs and made 99 blocks.
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