Ar-We-Va girls look for continued success in volleyball

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Rocket volleyball 2019

Members of the Ar-We-Va volleyball team in 2019 are, front row, left to right: Macy Ruch, Karina Sanchez, Hannah Kraus, Sara Schurke, Olyvia Charlot; middle row: Elizabeth Brunner, Ady Reis, Jadeyn Smith, Makayla Hinners, Sophie Jackson, Timberlen Koch, Kallie Bromert; back row: Kora Obrecht, Samantha Hinners, Bridget Cameron, Leslie Luft, Maris Cameron, Maggie Ragaller and Jamie Hausman.

Ar-We-Va Volleyball 2019

Head Coach: Sarah Smith, previously head coach 2003-08

Assistant Coach: Lisa Leiting

2018 Records: 7-1 Rolling Valley Conference (first place); 17-11 overall matches; 50-34 games played

Returning Letterwinners: Leslie Luft, 5-2, Sr., DS; Bridget Cameron, 5-9, Jr., MH/OH; Hannah Kraus, 5-1, Jr., OH/DS; Sara Schurke, 5-5, Jr., S; Jadeyn Smith, 5-10, Soph., Jr., MH/OH; Maci Ruch, 5-3, Soph., S

Returning Starters: Luft, Bridget Cameron, Kraus, Schurke, Smith

Returning All-RVC Performers: Luft (first team); Schurke (first team); Smith (second team)

Rest of Roster: Makayla Hinners, 5-5, Sr., DS; Maris Cameron, 5-8, Jr., MH/OH; Ady Reis, 5-6, Jr., DS; Karina Sanchez, 5-4, Jr., MH/OH; Olyvia Charlot, 5-7, Soph., OH; Sophie Jackson, 5-7, Soph., OH; Kallie Bromert, 5-0, Fr., DS; Elizabeth Brunner, 5-6, Fr., OH/DS; Jamie Hausman, 5-6, Fr., OH/S; Samantha Hinners, 5-7, Fr., MH/OH; Timberlen Koch, 5-4, Fr., OH/DS; Kora Obrecht, 5-8, Fr., MH/OH; Maggie Ragaller, 5-5, Fr., S/OH

Top Returning Servers: Schurke, 290-324, 25 aces; Smith, 272-296, 30 saves; Kraus, 283-322, 44 aces; Luft, 202-214, 11 aces; Bridget Cameron, 198-213, 20 aces

Top Returning Spikers: Smith, 97 kills; Schurke, 32 kills; Kraus, 15 kills

Top Returning Setters: Schurke, 442 assists; Kraus, 47 assists

Top Returning Digs: Luft, 204; Kraus, 165; Smith, 164; Schurke, 146; Bridget Cameron, 123

Top Returning Blockers: Smith, 11 solo, 16 assists; Schurke, 1 solo, 7 assists; Luft, 8 assists

Rocket Notes: Ar-We-Va won the Rolling Valley Conference regular season championship a year ago sporting a 7-1 league record with its only loss to CAM. The Rockets avenged the loss to CAM with a 3-1 regional semifinal victory over the Cougars, which propelled Amber Hoffman’s club into a regional final matchup with Gladbrook-Reinbeck, which picked up a 3-1 victory and a berth in the state tournament. Ar-We-Va lost three girls to graduation, including all-stater Emilee Danner, who led the Rockets in kills (442), digs (218) and total blocks (115). Emily Hinners also graduated after being second to Danner in kills (113) and among the team leaders in total blocks (23). Head coach Sarah Smith (1997) and assistant coach Leiting (1996) both graduated from Ar-We-Va. Leiting played on Ar-We-Va’s state-qualifying volleyball team in 1994 and also served as the school’s assistant volleyball coach from 2012-14.

Comments from Smith: We return a good nucleus of girls from last year’s team that have quite a bit of varsity experience. That nucleus will have to step up and be team leaders and fill different roles they may not be accustomed to. We will also need some of the younger underclassmen to quickly mature and take on roles at the varsity level. Those younger girls really seem to mesh well with the upperclassmen so the team chemistry is there. It will be a matter of time to develop those girls through game experience.

As for the Rolling Valley Conference, I feel quite a few teams lost some of their top volleyball players. It will be interesting to see how the conference shakes out this year.

2019 Schedule

September: 3 - at Audubon; 7 - Ridge View Tournament at Schaller; 10 - at Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton; 12 - vs. Paton-Churdan; 16 - at Maple Valley/A-O/CO-U; 17 - at Glidden-Ralston; 19 - at Woodbine; 21 - Carroll High Tournament; 24 - vs. Coon Rapids-Bayard; 26 - vs. CAM; October: 1 - vs. West Harrison; 8 - at Boyer Valley; 12 - CAM Tournament at Anita; 19 - at Coon Rapids-Bayard

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Area Sports Schedule

Friday, Oct. 11


Storm Lake at Denison-Schleswig, 7 p.m.

At-We-Va vs. Siouxland Christian at Whiting, 7 p.m.

Boyer Valley at CAM, 7 p.m.

Alta-Aurelia at IKM-Manning, 7 p.m.


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