New look for IKM-Manning on volleyball court

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Wolves volleyball 2019

Members of the IKM-Manning varsity volleyball team in 2019 are, front row, left to right: Miranda Benton, Riley Barry, Lexi Branning, Emily Kerkhoff, Mya Nelson; back row: Bianca Cadwell, Lauren Danner, Sierra Ferry and Bre Muhlbauer.

IKM-Manning Volleyball 2019

Head Coach: Kathy Lage, 34th year

Assistant Coach: Kevin Lahndorf

2018 Records: 4-4 Western Iowa Conference; 14-17 overall matches; 41-48 games played

Returning Letterwinners: Emily Kerkhoff, Sr., 5-6, Libero; Mya Nelson, Sr., 5-4, DS

Rest of Varsity Roster: Miranda Benton, Sr.; Riley Barry, Sr.; Lexi Branning, Sr.; Lauren Danner, Jr.; Bre Muhlbauer, Jr.; Sierra Ferry, Jr.; Bianca Cadwell, Soph.

Returning Starters: Kerkhoff

Top Returning Servers: Kerkhoff, 230-249, 13 aces; Nelson, 88-98, 7 aces

Top Returning Spikers: Kerkhoff, 12 kills; Branning, 10 kills

Top Returning Setter: Benton, 10 assists

Top Returning Digs: Kerkhoff, 266; Nelson, 110

Top Returning Blocks: Branning, 4 assists

Returning All-WI Performers: Kerkhoff (honorable mention)

Wolves notes: IKM-Manning was hit hard by graduaion with the loss of nine girls, including its top seven hitters from last year’s squad that went 14-17 overall in matches. The Wolves will lack varsity experience with only two veterans back in Kerkhoff and Nelson.

Comments from Lage: We will have a whole new look this season. This year we will need to be much improved in defense, as we are lacking height. Branning is our tallest player at 5-8.

Both her and Danner have worked hard in the weight room and I’m hoping that transfers to the court. Kerkhoff will most likely be playing outside hitter and all the way around. Nelson will continue in her role of being a defensive specialist.

2019 Schedule

September: 5 - vs. Boyer Valley; 7 - South Central Calhoun Tournament at Lake City; 12 - at Missouri Valley; 14 - Griswold Tournament; 17 - vs. Tri-Center; 19 - at Underwood; 21 - Carroll High Tournament; 24 - at Treynor; 26 - vs. Audubon; October: 3 - vs. AHST/Walnut; 5 - Tri-Center Tournament; 8 - vs. Logan-Magnolia; 10 - vs. Riverside; 14-17 - Western Iowa Conference Tournament, TBA

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Area Sports Schedule

Friday, Oct. 11


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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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