With five juniors back, the Marion High School volleyball team is looking for improvement.

Jim Versch returns for the second season of his second tenure with the Warriors. This will be his 16th season overall.


With five juniors back, the Marion High School volleyball team is looking for improvement.

Jim Versch returns for the second season of his second tenure with the Warriors. This will be his 16th season overall.

Marion was 8-23 last season but 5-6 in Mid-Central Activities Association play for seventh place.

Marion lost two players to graduation but return seven letterwinners.

The Warriors will be led by 5-foot-9 junior outside hitter Julia Zeiner, a second-team All-MCAA pick. Also back is junior Kayley Heerey, a 5-10 middle hitter who earned All-MCAA honorable mention.

Other top returnees include juniors Lindsay Hett, a 5-8 setter and outside hitter, Kristen Steinborn, a 5-8 outside hitter; and Emmali Kelsey, a 5-2 libero.

Top newcomers include 5-7 sophomore outside hitter Chassidy Carlson and 6-1 freshman middle hitter Whitney Gordon.

Versch said his team’s strengths are “consistent hitters, young but experienced — no seniors on squad; (a) great group of players to work with; and a new gym.”

Versch said the team’s weaknesses are inexperienced depth. He said the team will need to develop setters.

Versch called Hoisington and Hillsboro the top contenders in the MCAA this season.

NOTE: Information on the team was not received in time for inclusion in the Kansan’s Fall Sports Section. If coaches have still not sent their information in, please contact the Kansan at 283-1500 or e-mail mark.schnabel@thekansan.com.