Coached by Rita Self (Varsity) and Kyle Anderson (JV), the high school volleyball team spent much of the summer participating in a summer league in preparation for their fall season. Their season last school year had been adjusted and shortened due to COVID and unfortunately included some roadblocks with health-related quarantines, so they are all hopeful for a full season this year with healthy players! The Varsity Mallards are returning several starters from last year and have a deep bench of talented athletes as well. Varsity players include Nakeita Kessling, Sr. OH, who was selected  to the 2nd team Tri-County All-Conference and All-Area Honorable Mention during the shortened COVID season last year, Hope Self, Sr. Setter, 3rd team Tri-County All-Conference and News Tribune All-Area Honorable Mention last year, Shayla Moberg Sr. OH, Catherine Miller Jr. RH/Setter, MacKenzie Hartwig So. MB/MH,  Talur Homann Jr. OH, Anna Rediger Jr. MB/MH, Ella Bergfeld Sr. MB/MH, Abbie Stanbary So. MB/MH, Maddie Earles Jr. RH/Setter, Elanna Hough Jr. DS/MB/MH, Gabriella Garcia Jr. Libero/DS, Mikayla Frawley Jr. DS, and Brooke Ulm Sr. DS. The Junior Varsity volleyball team welcomes back four returning Sophomores: Abbie Stanbary, Ericka Dixon, Cheyanne Cordes, and Alison Real, as well as a large and talented group of incoming Freshmen: Lauren Harbison, Bella Gaspardo, Kaitlyn Anderson, Lexi Serpette, Tori Swinson, and Maryen Crawley. With a tournament at Bureau Valley High School already under their belt, their first home game will be September 16th.

Varsity Front row L to R: Nakeita Kessling, Hope Self, Gabriella Garcia, Abbie Stanbary, Mikayla Frawley. Middle row L to R: Brooke Ulm, Shayla Moberg, Elanna Hough, Maddie Earles, Talur Homann, Anna Rediger. Back row L to R: Coach Kyle Anderson, Catherine Miller, MacKenzie Hartwig, Ella Bergfeld, Coach Rita Self. Photo credit: Summitt Photography.