Billings Central Rams
Head Coach: Kylie Kufeld
Key Players: Mirrada Clarin, Sr., Ellie Hanser, Jr., Barclay Fagg, Jr., Jade Harrison, Jr., Hope Welhaven, Jr., Carlee Schaff, Jr., Alix Elliott, Jr., Emily Frey, Jr., Morgan Lucas, Jr. Laura Sterup, So., Libby Zorn, So.,Hannah Mollman, So.
Coach says: “With losing such a talented group of seniors last year, we will inevitably have some hiccups along the way, but I am so excited to see how this team grows. Our juniors in particular are extremely self-motivated, which is something that we will need in order to help battle our relative lack of varsity experience.”
Etc: Kufeld played volleyball at Billings Senior and also at Dartmouth. She is in her first season at Central, replacing Liz Hanser. ... Central has earned a state tournament trophy for each of the past five seasons. The Rams took third last year.
Glendive Red Devils
Head Coach: Eva Crockett
Key Players: Teia Knutson, Sr., S; Marenah Crockett, Jr., OH (all-conference); Stephanie Carney, Sr., OH.
Coach Says: “They are excited to get the season going. We had a young team last year and the girls have been working hard this summer and ready to compete.”
Head Coach: Tiffany Moullet
Key Players: Darla Davisson, Sr., Setter; Elissa Lind, Jr., OH; Keaunna Mason, Jr., MH; Savannah Green, Sr., L;
Coach says: “I am extremely excited for this year! The Bulldogs are a hard working and talented group of girls who are motivated to win!”
Etc: “We lost a few key seniors last year, but this year we have some big hitters and a solid defense to carry us on. We have a strong senior class this year as well. The Bulldogs have a ton of talent, so it will be exciting to see who steps up and really plays to the next level! I think they all will.”
Head Coach: Nikki Burke
Key Players: Abbie Lohof, Jr., MH (all-conference); Kayla O’Toole, Sr., RS; Hailey Spitzer, Sr., OH; Annie Norman, Sr., OH; Maddi Fritzler, Jr., S; Maygan McFate, So., S.
Coach Says: “I was very pleased with how we ended the season last year and we are looking to build on that. We had a young team last year and we will again this year. We will have a pretty strong front row, but we need to make sure we can get them the ball so we are really going to focus on defense and serve receive as we begin the season.”
Miles City Cowgirls
Head Coach: Marci Mollman
Key Players: Kadie Heinle, Sr., MH (all-conference); Makena Ellingson, Sr., S; Stevie Murphy, Sr., L; Alecia Chamberlin, Sr., MH.
Coach Says: “We will have a strong team this year. If we work together as a cohesive unit, there is no limit to our potential.”
Head Coach: Jennifer DiFonzo
Key Players: Hailey Steinbeisser, Sr., OH; Aubrey Kellel, Jr., MH.
Coach Says: “This year we are very young. We have little in the way of returning players, but I feel very optimistic that this team can do great things. We are working hard and improving every day.”
Head Coach: Jade Schmidt
Key Players: Jamie Woolman, OPP (all-conference HM); Olivia Kleinsasser, S (all-conference); Kyra Fisher, L (all-conference); Kylie McCree, OH; Madeline Orrell, MB
Coach Says: “This team has more depth than we have had in years past. We have position battles every day in practice, which is making every player work hard to improve or keep their starting spot. I have already seen great teamwork and competitiveness out of everyone and am looking forward to seeing them compete against someone other than ourselves.”
Head Coach: Joey Lane
Key Players: Meadow Ingram, Sr., MB; Lindzi Printz, OH; Emily Cornell, Sr., S; Sierra Higgs, Jr., MB.
Lewistown Golden Eagles
Head Coach: Tara Taylor
Key Players: Michelle Monger, Sr., MB (all-conference); Jaree Mane, Jr., MB (all-conference); Sydney Wier, Sr., DS (all-conference HM); Nicole Karhi, Sr., OH; Lexie Anderson, Sr., OH.
Coach Says: “We are glad to be back in the gym working hard and we are looking to improve week to week. We want to play and compete at a high level and peak at the right time.”
Etc.: The Eagles placed second at state last season. ... In 12 seasons at Lewistown, Taylor averages just six losses per year. She’s 274-72 overall.
Butte Central Maroons
Head Coach: Becky Hancock
Key Players: Teresa Piazzola, Jr., OH; Emily St. John, So., S
Coach Says: “We are really going to have to come together and play together. I have a young talented team coming off a tough season last year, so we are looking forward to a fresh, new start.”
Corvallis Blue Devils
Head Coach: Kasey Arceniega
Key Players: Kelsey Irwin, Sr., OH, Jane Booth, Sr., M, Holly Wilson, Sr., setter.
Coach says: “Besides Kelsey, our team this year is practically new, which brings on a whole new set of challenges. These girls are eager to take on those challenges and are ready to prove themselves. I’m confident that they have the skill-set and mental ability to do just that.”
Frenchtown Lady Broncs
Head Coach: Gypsy Ray
Key Players: Morgan Ray, Sr., MH (all-state); Haley Cyr, Sr., S (all-conference); Lacey Hochhalter, Sr.; Faith Bauer, Sr.
Coach Says: “My first season as coach (2012) we had a rought season, but took second at state. The next season we went undefeated in our conference but were out in two games at state. So who knows?”
Head Coach: Cindy Ostrem-Johnston
Key Players: Hannah England, Sr., S (all-conference); Mahalah Wedel, Sr., L (all-conference).
Coach Says: “Our team will make up for their lack of height with experience, solid backcourt defense, aggressive serving, team chemistry and a passion.”
Head Coach: Jan Toth
Key Players: Jaiden Toth, Sr., S (all-state); Taylor Davis, Sr., L; Libby Clay, Sr., DS.
Coach Says: “Our team is very inexperienced, yet hungry to compete and win. We have a very powerful and dynamic setter that will lead by example. Our hitters are young, but coachable and talented.”