Winner High School volleyball team has one match under their belt and are looking for a strong season.
The next match for Winner will be at home as they will host Miller on Aug. 24.
The returning letterwinners are Addy Root, Daesha Klein, Gracie Littau, Alexis Richey, JaiWanda Roubideaux, Morgan Hammerbeck, Abby Marts, Samantha Marts and Sierra Hansen.
The team lost two seniors– Sydney Hollenbeck and Rachel Sherman.
There are 23 girls on the team this season. The two seniors are Daesha Klein and Samantha Marts.
The rest of the team incudes six juniors, six sophomores, five freshmen and four 8th graders.
Coach Jaime Keiser says the team will have a lot of potential at all three levels. She says the varsity will be very competitive. “I think we will be overlooked just because we were down last year,” said the coach.
Keiser says the girls jell and work well together. “They have one goal and that is winning and they do not care about who is getting the stats,” said Keiser.
Even thought they are young, the Lady Warriors have the potential for being a good team. In practice, they have been working on serve receive, passing and attacking with power.
The coach added the team has been working on a lot of out of system things when the ball does not go directly to the setter.
The Lady Warriors play in the SESD and Big Dakota Conference. The SESD tournament will be coming to Winner this year for the first time and Keiser says the team is excited to be hosting the tournament.
Jenna Phillips is the junior varsity and freshmen coach.
The WHS volleyball schedule includes:
Aug. 24—Miller, home
Aug. 29—At South Central
Aug. 31—At Valentine-Ainsworth—Triangular
Sept. 5—Bennett County/Gregory, home
Sept. 12—Lyman, home
Sept. 16 at Stanley County, Big Dakota
Sept. 18—Mobridge/Pollock, home
Sept. 23—at Tri Valley
Sept. 26—at Todd County
Oct. 3—Gregory, home
Oct. 5—White River, home
Oct. 7—at Chester Area
Oct. 10—Chamberlain, home
Oct. 16—At Mt. Vernon/Plankinton
Oct. 17—Wagner, home
Oct. 21—SESD Conference tournament in Winner
Oct. 23—at Platte/Geddes
Nov. 16-18—State at Rapid City