GOESSEL — Coming off a final four finish in Class 1A, Division I last season, the Goessel Bluebird volleyball team is set for another strong campaign this year.
Crysta Guhr begins her 10th season as head coach at Goessel, her 16th season with the Bluebird program overall.
Goessel was 34-11 last season, 7-0 to win the Wheat State League title. The Bluebirds won their sub-state and took fourth at state.
Nine letterwinners return for Goessel – senior outside hitter Erin Brubaker, senior opposite hitter Gentry Thiesen, senior defensive specialist Makayla King, junior outside hitter Page Hiebert, junior setter Alyssa Booten, junior middle hitter Alicen Meysing, junior setter Anna Wiens, sophomore middle hitter Olivia Duerksen and sophomore defensive specialist Shelbi Stultz.
Page Hiebert was a first-team All-WSL and all-state selection last season. Alyssa Booten was a first-team All-WSL pick and an honorable mention all-state pick. Brubaker was a first-team All-WSL pick.
Three freshmen look to crack the veteran lineup — outside hitter Eden Hiebert, defensive specialist Leah Booten and hitter Brittney Hiebert.
"The 2014 Bluebird volleyball team is all back, after losing no seniors from last year’s fourth-place team finish in 1A, Division I," Guhr said. "The Bluebirds will look to continue its run of championships in the Wheat State League, seeking to earn their fifth in a row. Non-league and Tournament play will challenge the team with strong opponents in Remington, Olpe, Wabaunsee, Halstead and others. The team hopes to make another strong push in post-season play."
Sept. 2 @ Ell-Saline w/Haven, Elyria Christian 4 p.m.
Sept. 9 Centre, Elyria Christian 6:05 p.m.
Sept. 13 Goessel Inv. 8:30 a.m.
Sept. 16 Rural Vista, Peabody-Burns 6:05 p.m.
Sept. 18 @ Eureka w/Remington TBA
Sept. 23 @ Little River w/Solomon 6:05 p.m.
Sept. 27 @ Olpe Inv. 8:30 a.m.
Sept. 30 Junction City St. Xavier, Wakefield 6:05 p.m.
Oct. 4 @ Canton-Galva Inv. 8:30 a.m.
Oct. 7 @ Wakefield w/Little River 6:05 p.m.
Oct. 14 @ Little River w/Inman 6:05 p.m.
Oct. 18 WSL @ Centre 9 a.m.
Oct. 25 Sub-State TBA
Oct. 31-Nov. 1 State @ Hays