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Flivvers full of experience

August 20, 2012
By RON DEUTER - Sports Editor , The Daily News

KINGSFORD - Kingsford's varsity volleyball team enters the 2012 season with a new head coach but no shortage of experience on the floor.

The Flivvers have seven seniors on their roster of 11 players. It's a group who has played together for several years.

"It's nice to have seven seniors," head coach Amanda Meyer said. "It's good to have that kind of leadership, and to have them playing together since they were young, it's just a chemistry thing, they play well together. They gel."

Kingsford lost three players to graduation, including All-Great Northern Conference first teamer Libby DeClark. But the returning players also include all-conference performers.

Senior Carlee Benzie was a first-team pick last season, while seniors Margo Wittenbach and Andrea Roell landed on second team.

"It will be a good, fun type of season," Meyer said. "And the juniors are picking up on that too."

Meyer, a former Northern Michigan star who took over the head coaching duties from Steve Andrews, says she doesn't plan to implement drastic changes.

"I don't want to take away what they've learned," she said. "I just want to build onto it. Our defensive system might look a little different. Other than that, it's just volleyball.

"I like my players to be loud and enthusiastic, cheering and high-fiving. I'm expecting a lot of passion and excitement."

The Flivvers attack this season will feature Benzie and Wittenbach leading the way on the outside. Roell will man the middle, with support from Lauren Smith, who Meyer said has come out of nowhere and begun to step up in the middle.

Brooke Sanford will serve as the team's all around setter.

"They're a great group of girls," Meyer said. "And being a new coach, one of the things that made me nervous is how were they going to respond. But they've been so receptive, just taking every little thing I say and at least trying it."

Meyer added that she feels this is a group who can compete for a conference title.

"I definitely think we have a chance of beating everyone in conference and at least competing for that," she said.

Kingsford continues its season Tuesday in a triangular at Niagara, before hosting Stephenson Thursday.

Roster follows:

SENIORS - Carlee Benzie*, Emily Sherk*, Marissa Meneghini*, Andrea Roell*, Brooke Sanford*, Margo Wittenbach*, Shelby Londo*.

JUNIORS - Amanda Goudreau, Lillian Slajus, Sarah Kleikamp, Lauren Smith.

*indicates letter winner



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