IOWA CITY– It will be a challenging season for the Iowa City West High Women of Troy.
The 2011 campaign started on a tragic note as standout Caroline Found was killed Aug. 11 in a moped accident in Iowa City. Found, or “Line,” as she was known, was the starting setter for the 2010 State Class 4A Championship team and was named to the All State Honorable Mention team as well as the MVC Second Team. While her number 9 was not retired, it will not be re-assigned. Her game jersey will be draped over a seat at the West bench for every match this season.
The squad, led by Coach Kathy Bresnahan in her 20th season with West, returns five of nine starting rotations with seniors Olivia Fairfield, Shelly Stumpff, Anna Poshkova, Hannah Infelt and Olivia Mekies. Fairfield, a middle blocker, earned Second Team All-State and All-Conference Honorable Mention placements last year. Stumpff, an outside hitter, also earned an MVC Honorable Mention. Poshkova returns as the Libero while Infelt is a right side hitter and Mekies is a defensive specialist.
Four more seniors: Kelly Fliehler, Caroline Hartman, Cassie Jenn and Cat Rebelskey return as well. Fliehler is an outside hitter, Hartman a middle blocker. Jenn is also a middle blocker while Rebelskey is a defensive specialist.
Sophomores Hannah Fairfield and Molly Mason, along with freshman Laynie Whitehead join the team as middle blocker, outside hitter and right side hitter respectively.
In addition to the state championship, the Women of Troy also won the MVC tournament and were the conference regular season champions with a 38-7 record. Bresnahan has a career record of 586-174 and a 498-153 record at West.
Coach Bresnahan said the team will be looking for new leadership following the graduation of starters Alli O’Dean, Katie Kelley and Lexi Potter.
“By the end of the season however, this will once again be a very competitive, senior-dominated team.”