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By Pierre Bibbs
Sports Editor 

2020 Mavericks Volleyball

Lady Mavericks start season 2-1


September 9, 2020

The 2020 North Country Mavericks Volleyball Team. Back row left to right: Bella Gehrke, Kia Wasson, Jaydyn Erickson, Paige Wasson, Teagan Erickson, Kendall Scheffelmear, Kaitlyn McColly, and Abby Yeska. Front row left to right: Cienna Strommen, Codi Donniaqo, Danika Soper, Zandora Longtree, Jaycee Erickson, and Kora LaBrie. Not pictured: Mattea McColly. Courtesy Photo.

The North Country Lady Mavericks Volleyball Team welcomes back a lot of talent and experience this season, as teams across the country. So far the team has seen the most action of any team in Phillips County.

The team started the year with an 0-3 loss to Plentywood on Saturday, August 29. The Mavericks bounced back the next week to defeat Malta 3-2 last Thursday, September 3, and then Scobey 3-1 on Friday, September 5.

Prior to their first games of the season, the Lady Mavericks held practices which began on Friday, August 14.

"It feels like life is finally moving forward by being in the gym and back in the classroom," Lady Mavericks Head Coach Charlene Wasson said. "The kids are awesome and have enjoyed being together again after not seeing each other for most of the summer and spring. You feel like a void is filled by being in a gym and doing what you love with kids that you care so much about."

According to Coach Wasson, the team has been working on transition off the net which also includes help from the setters.

"We had to work on this because our setters set out of the front row last season," Coach Wasson said. "We are working on defense and setting blocks and reading hitters."

The team lost Elise Strommen and Haile Beil to graduation. Strommen was the team's libero while Beil was used in different positions around the floor.

The team retained hitters Kia Wasson and Kaitlyn McColly; both of whom earned second-team all-conference honors. The team also welcomes back Jaydyn Erickson, Danika Soper, and Jaycee Erickson, who were each starters last season.

"Jaydyn is our block leader from last season, Jaycee is our Assist leader from last season and Danika is our Ace leader from last season," Coach Wasson said. "We have a solid core back from last year and we get to add some new tools to that as well with our underclassman and incoming freshman."

Kora LaBrie was the team's Libero in North Country's win over Malta last Thursday. Photo by Pierre Bibbs.

Coach Wasson went on to say that the Mavericks feature a few talented athletes. The team had a new pair of starters last Thursday against Malta, including libero Kora LaBrie, and hitters Zandora Longtree and Teagan Erickson.

" I've never been blessed with the ability to use so many kids in so many spots and actually have real spot players. We can put Middle hitters, with outside hitters and right side hitters. I have a setter in every class so that makes a huge difference too."

Coach Wasson was asked which games the team was most looking forward to in 2020, but she said the team is taking things day by day.

"I honestly think they are just happy to be playing each day and we talked about at the beginning of the season to just take one day at a time and not look passed that point," Coach Wasson said.

The team will have the same coaches that they had last season. Coach Wasson is assisted by coached Amber Erickson and Christina Hillman.


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