BY DAVE PEDERSEN
CROW RIVER NEWS
Rockford’s volleyball team has grown in more than one fashion. This fall the team has 40 players out battling for varsity playing time.
Paced by six senior leaders and an influx of talented young players, coach Jen Stoa is optimistic the Rockets can improve on last year’s 8-18 record.
Another opportunity for growth could come with all new assistant coaches. Ben Stephens will lead the junior varsity and Lynette Schultz will coach the C-squad. Volunteer assistants are Kiri Phillips and Caitlin Usset.
Top returning players include senior captain Emily Eberspacher, juniors Hannah Carlson and Lauren Enge and sophomore Emili Cain.
“We have some promising young newcomers in sophomore Nicole Loftstedt, ninth-grader Taylor Tody and seventh grader Molly Schultz.
The varsity roster includes junior Kailyn Reed and seniors Allison Noordvall, Laura Jakes, Monica Orth, Brittany Miller and Rhiannon Monssen.
The key will be the young newcomers and new seniors on varsity receiving valuable experience.
Volleyball starts off with a home match against St. Anthony Village, 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25. The next night the team faces Breck at Becker, 6 p.m. Aug. 26 before going to face Zimmerman, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28.