FOREST CITY | Last year’s postseason didn’t go as planned.
The Indians had finished a 24-5 regular season record with hopes of a state-run like the year before. But those dreams were cut short after a heartbreaking five-set loss to Clarion-Goldfield-Dows.
The Indians return most of their team this year along with some added depth on the front row. Outside hitters senior Hannah Anderson and junior Cora Holland were named for conference awards last season. Joining them will be freshman Kaylee Miller, a 5-foot-9 outside hitter.
“I made the decision to put her on varsity based on her versatility and what she is able to do,” head coach Lacy Jerome said. “She fills a spot we have an opening in.”
Senior setter Brea Dillavou was also named all-conference last year with 618 assists, 120 digs and 38 total blocks. She’s also aggressive from the back line, recording a team-best 26 aces.
Jerome also noted junior middle blocker Emma Sergerstrom as an emerging player on the front row. Last year, the sophomore made a few appearances on the floor with 12 kills on 35 attempts and 14 total blocks.
“I’m excited to see what we can do,” Jerome said. “We lost two girls last year, it will be fun to see what we can do this year with most returning.”
The Indians started the season off strong on Thursday with a three-set sweep over Eagle grove 25-9, 25-8 and 25-10.
Backed behind Dillavou’s 24 assists, the depth at the net showed.
Anderson reached double-digit kills, blasting 10 kills for a 0.238 kill percentage and five digs, tied with Koch for the second-most on the team. Sergerstrom and Holland each had six kills, and Sergerstrom added two total blocks. Miller made her varsity debut with five kills on eight attempts.
“So far, I’ve seen them coming out and competing, taking care of business quickly.” Jerome said.