Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Clearwater Valley’s 2018 volleyball varsity team is (back row, from left): Ashton Mangun, Hailie Roy, Makayla Bean, Kaitlyn Mangun, Kaycee Costa and Kadance Schilling; front row, Martha Smith, Alicia Reuben, Torri Miller and Mikaela Herrick. Not pictured: Morgan Krieger.
As of Thursday, August 30, 2018
Clearwater Valley has a huge turnout for volleyball this season — enough to schedule Troy, Kamiah, Prairie and Potlatch, but not quite enough for a third coach.
So with 29 on board, the CV coaches have six long nights on their calendar this fall.
The varsity will look to senior setter Mikaela Herrick for leadership, coach Mikel Sears told the Free Press and has five varsity returners as its strength. Among them is Martha Smith, a libero who missed last season with injury.
“I’m hoping she’ll be great for us this year,” Sears said.
The Whitepine League remains tough, with Troy and Genesee likely to lead it again.
“This is always a tough league and getting in the top half is a good goal for us this year,” Sears said. “We’ll be more of a threat in our hitting, and I’m hoping to make that one of our strengths. “These girls all really get along. Last year they talked about even though it was a rough season for wins and losses, they all said what a fun season they had.”
Clearwater Valley hosts Genesee and Troy on Aug. 30, when the Bulldogs and Trojans also visit Kamiah.