Little Falls volleyball season preview

2012 record: 8-20

By PATRICK SLACK
Sports Editor
patrick.slack@mcrecord.com

Little Falls senior Tristen Zimmerman delivers a serve during Tuesday morning’s practice. Zimmerman looks to step into the libero role for the Flyers this season as they return the majority of their lineup from last fall.

Little Falls senior Tristen Zimmerman delivers a serve during Tuesday morning’s practice. Zimmerman looks to step into the libero role for the Flyers this season as they return the majority of their lineup from last fall.

After losing the heart of its lineup from a 21-8 team two years ago, last year’s Little Falls team finished in the middle of the pack in the Granite Ridge Conference (GRC) volleyball standings at 5-6.

But with the bulk of their starters back, the Flyers are aiming to once again challenge for GRC supremacy.

“(We) should have a strong season this year,” head coach Carmen Johnson said. “We have a lot of returners with some great court experience. They have all worked hard in the offseason and are pushing to compete at the top of our conference and section.”

Leading the group of returners will be All-GRC senior Sierra Virnig, who will move from libero to outside hitter.

She will join junior Kendra Pohlman on the outside, with seniors Jennifer Ronning (middle hitter) and Stephanie Wardarski (setter) and sophomore Laura Fregin (right-side hitter) also returning as starters.

Vying to step into more prominent roles will be seniors Brooke Finch (middle/right-side hitter) and Tristen Zimmerman (libero) and sophomore Melanie Dorn (setter/middle hitter).

Seniors on this year’s team include Virnig, Ronning, Wardarski, Finch, Zimmerman, Brittani DeDomines, Haley Kimman and Kayla Retka.

Last year’s champion Albany, as well as Zimmerman, should be GRC favorites, Johnson said, with Sauk Centre, Melrose Area and Albany among the top challengers in Section 6AA.

The Flyers were scheduled to open their season at a tournament in Albany, Friday.

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