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2014 VOLLEYBALL PREVIEWS

August 28, 2014
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Wildkat volleyball team is tall and athletic

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 

The Columbia Falls girls volleyball team will look to build on last year’s success, when girls took fourth at the state Class A tournament.

And the Wildkats have the firepower to do it. They have six returning players over 5 feet 10 inches and lost just two seniors, Tiffany Hummer and Haley Belgarde.

Last year, the Kats won the Northwest A crown, beating favored Frenchtown for the divisional title with seven freshmen on the court.

“I’m very excited about this team,” coach Josie Brown said. “We have a lot of depth and a lot of height. They’re a hard-working group of girls, with a lot of intensity and a lot of heart.”

Ten players from last year’s state team are back, including seniors Winter Kemppainen, Ciera Finberg, Shaylene Fishel and Carla Nicosia. Kaity Presnell also joins the squad this year.

There’s also some standout sophomores in Cydney Finberg, Morgan Stenger and Kiara Burlage — all excellent athletes.

The goal for the squad is pretty direct, Brown said.

“Get back to state and win more games,” she said.

The last time the Wildkats won a state title was in 1996. This team definitely has the potential to be in the mix, but they’ll be tested early this season. The Kats open with a home doubleheader against Corvallis and Hamilton on Aug. 30. Corvallis won the state Class A title last year.

In the Northwest A conference, Brown expects Frenchtown to be tough again this season, and Whitefish has some young talent as well. Polson is usually challenging, and Libby has been playing ball all summer, so it should be a competitive conference.

The top two teams in the divisional tourney advance to state.

Dedicated group fills volleyball roster

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jennifer DiFonzo preached a singular message to the girls at practice Monday afternoon, stressing the importance of teamwork and communication on the volleyball court. It’s a message the head coach believes will stick with her Lady Eagle squad.

“We are going to be extremely young this year,” DiFonzo said. She didn’t use the word young in a negative connotation by any means. “These are just good kids. They are kind to each other. They support each other. I am optimistic,” she added, confidently.

“This group of kids…they’ve done a lot of activities together. They know each other and there is a comfort there. The junior class is the same way,” DiFonzo said. “They have the ability to do some great things.”

If the team continues on the same positive path, success won’t necessarily be measured by the number of wins and losses Sidney will have this year. A young, positive group is sure to foreshadow a successful program for years to come.

DiFonzo said the players were hard at it over the summer, working with each other and attending open-gym practices. She’s confident the lone team seniors Hailey Steinbeisser and Malorie Cvancara will bring a great amount of leadership as well as set positive examples for their younger teammates.

“Those are the only two kids we have returning that had any kind of real varsity experience,” DiFonzo said of the seniors.

The Lady Eagles graduated five seniors last year. Their absence from the program is giving a chance for younger prospects to step up.

With no set spots on the varsity or junior varsity levels, the girls have every opportunity to step up and fill multiple roles. “There’s going to be a lot of ‘getting to know each other’ in the sense that they haven’t played at this level together,” DiFonzo said.

“I don’t know what my expectations are. I want us to be successful, but success is gaged differently. We’re going to have our lumps. We’re going to have our learning curves...These kids are willing to stay together, and that’s what’s going to make a big difference. We may not come out of the gate strong, but I feel we will finish strong.”

Sidney takes to the road Sept. 5 for the Border Wars tournament in Wyoming. The team travels to Miles City Sept. 11 for its first regular-season match. The Eagles face Hardin in their home-opener Sept. 13.


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