Reese volleyball coach Angie Compton likes her team’s prospects in the Greater Thumb West Conference this season.
“We had a great season last year,” Compton said. “We shared the conference title with USA and fought to the end with a very strong Valley Lutheran team in districts. We lost Audrey Nelson and Madelyn Wojdula, along with three other players. Madelyn made a huge difference as a right outside hitter, coming up big for us on a really consistent basis. Audrey provided a strong middle block that we will miss.”
As for top returnees, senior setter Aydan Dalak “is a very aggressive setter that knows the court very well,” Compton said. “ I will expect her to run our side of the court and provide more of a defensive and attacking presence than she did last year.”
Maddi Osantowski, senior outside hitter, “is expected to be an all-around force-passing solid and attacking smartly night in and night out,” Compton said.
Josie Johnson, senior defensive specialist and junior defensive specialist Jerzie VanOchten, “is expected to provide the voice of our back row and lead our defense,” Compton said, adding senior middle hitter Andi Reinert “is in a new position for her. but her competitive nature has made her a very aggressive middle.
“We have a team full of great energy and work ethic. I expect us to maintain that all season long in order to keep getting better. Our leadership is definitely our strength. Our seniors value everyone on our team and in our program and are really setting a super positive tone but at the same time are pushing each other to be better. We need to be more confident with our attacks, and communication is always an area to improve upon.”