2012 record: 19-10
By PATRICK SLACK
Pierz loses nine graduates from a team that won 19 matches a year ago.
However, the trio of starters coming back have the Pioneers poised to once again compete for the top spot in the Central Minnesota Conference, as well as perhaps for a Section 6AA title.
Imposing senior middle hitter Bridget Bednar leads the charge after slamming 275 kills and recording 93 blocks as a catalyst for last year’s conference runner up.
Senior outside hitter Tiara Hopkins and junior Jessica Hawks also return with starting experience, with junior outside hitter Raychel Virnig and junior middle hitter Kayla Carter among those expected to round out the starting lineup.
Seniors on this year’s team include Bednar, Hopkins, Kim Litke, Alex Lucken, Paige Reardon, Brittany Smieja and Lea Uzalac.
Pierz opens the season at Aitkin, Tuesday.