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Learning experience ahead for Clippers VB

North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– School doesn’t start until Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Clear Creek Amana (CCA), but the ladies of the varsity volleyball squad are already getting an education and learning lessons.
Gone are graduated seniors Sheyanne Koethe, McKenna McCreedy, Alivia Carnahan, Jacquelyn Bunch, Lauren Helle, Hanna Rogge and Mackenzie Justice.
The squad has two seniors this season, Zoe Boehme and Kelsey Lipkea, both returning starters.
Boehme, a setter, made 283 assists last year and had a 98 percent serve efficiency, while Lipkea, a defensive specialist, came up with 146 digs per set.
Two juniors, Shauntina Williams and Claire Schwarting, also are returning starters for fourth-year coach Jackie Clubb (70-45 career record). Williams, an outside hitter, earned All-WaMaC Second Team honors last year with 283 kills. Schwarting is a right side with 26 assist blocks last season. Sophomores Karsyn Stratton and Cheyaenne Bunch round out the Clippers’ returning starters. Stratton is a middle with 27 total blocks last year while Bunch is a setter who made 149 assists.
Two juniors, Ameilia Pereira and Jordan Neely return at outside and defensive specialist respectively. Neely came up with 2.5 digs per set for the Clippers last season. Rounding out the returning student athletes is Jane Wilms, a sophomore outside hitter.
Clubb and the Creek Girls will look to sophomores Carsyn Gallagher and Anna Schwarting, and freshman Haley Pollock to learn the varsity ways quickly. Pollock is a middle with a listed height of 6’ 1”, a valuable asset in volleyball.
“With only two seniors, we will be a young team with girls who lack varsity experience,” Clubb said.
While many teams on the Clippers’ schedules will be more than happy to provide an education, Marion and Center Point-Urbana (CPU) look to be especially troublesome in an always-tough WaMaC conference. However, it is the meeting with Williamsburg Clubb sees as the squad’s “key” games.
“The last three years we have played five game sets (against the Raiders),” Clubb said.
The Creek Girls were 21-20 last year and were fourth in the WaMaC. The season ended in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal at home against Western Dubuque as the Bobcats won 3-0.
The season opens on Thursday, Aug. 24, in Mount Vernon as the Mustangs host a “quad” with the Creek Girls, Solon and CPU starting at 6 p.m. The first home match for CCA will be on Thursday, Aug. 31, as South Tama visits at 7:30 p.m. (varsity start time).