Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Four of Prairie’s 2017 varsity players return as seniors for the 2018 season, having come within two points of advancing beyond the district tournament last fall. They are (from left) Alexis Hiler,Jordyn Higgins, Teresa Wemhoff and Kristyna Krogh.
As of Thursday, August 30, 2018
Prairie graduated many and return a few of the girls who led the team to within two points of a play-in chance to make state.
Genesee ended the Pirates’ season — coach Julie Schumacher’s first as Prairie’s head — by ekeing out the fifth game of the district tournament consolation final.
Four seniors return having played varsity last fall: setter Kristyna Krogh, outside hitters Teresa Wemhoff and Jordyn Higgins and middle Alexis Hiler.
“Jordyn, her strongest side is the right side up front, but she’s one of our strongest players — so she’ll be in an outside hitter spot,” Schumacher told the Free Press.
Ellea Poxleitner, Ashton Lander and three sophomores — Madison Shears, Hope Schwartz and Sierra McWilliams — made varsity to start the season.
With the varsity carrying nine, Schumacher said she is looking for players at the JV level to distinguish themselves for a late-season opportunity of a call-up to the varsity.