Volleyball: Warriors Will Carry Firepower To The Court docket – Brainerd Dispatch


Brainerd’s head coach Rick Kuehlwein mentioned it’s not about changing firepower from final yr’s workforce as it’s defence.

Probably the most notable absence can be Megan Smith who was a Brainerd Dispatch All-Space participant and led the Warriors with 245 kills, whereas ending second with 224.

Senior captain Kate Steadham is a comingback begin for the Warriors. Final season, Stadt was the All-Space First Workforce and was second within the workforce with 230 kills and first in Diggs with 234. He led the workforce in aces with 36 and serves share at 96%.

“Meghan Smith was so good on protection that it is arduous to interchange her,” Kuhlwein mentioned. “Kate has all the time had the firepower, as has Ianna Picker and our attendant Carly Dunham. We simply want to search out that consistency.”

Kuehlwein known as Stadum, a participant of the 4 years, one of many hitters, if not the perfect within the discipline.

“(Pequot Lakes’) Messi Martini and Kate would be the two high hitters on this space,” he mentioned. “Kate is simply so aggressive and an excellent all-rounder. She wants to enhance a little bit bit in protection, however I do not fear concerning the offense. She’s an excellent chief too.”

Fellow senior captain Iyna Picker is a medium and out of doors hitter who will play a giant position for the Warriors this season. Final season, she completed with 68 kills however was second on the workforce within the block with 54, which pleases Kuehlwein.

“We’re actually good at blocking one-on-ones,” he mentioned. “However we have to shut higher. It’s actually necessary that we get higher at our blocks and our service-delivery.”

Senior Aidan Yost returns as one in every of two setters for the Warriors. Final season, she shared time with Maia Nelson and Yost assisted 351 units. Senior Anika Aho is one other setter for Brainard.

“Aiden Yost will likely be our predominant setter,” Kuehlwein mentioned. “We’re going with a 6-2 and I can use him in 4 turns at instances. Our second setter is Anika Aho, so she’s our two. And Adan has quite a lot of expertise and does quite a lot of good issues. He is actually necessary to what we’re doing this yr, however we have now to get him to get the ball all-around.”

The massive query for Kuehlwein is who would be the liberal and defensive specialist.

He mentioned that together with seniors Ella Anderson and Emma Storm, Emma Garding is combating for these spots.

“Of these three, we have to get somebody who’s extra constant when it comes to service-taking,” Kuhlvin mentioned. “We’re engaged on getting higher reads than simply giving suggestions. I would like our all-receive to be extra aggressive.

Final season, Storm performed in 56 units and lengthened 55 digs, whereas Anderson performed in 45 units and recorded 55 digs.

Different hitters are anticipated to assist out Dunham and senior Abby Paulson, who’re each listed with pickers at 6-foot.

Dunham performed in all 90 units final season and matched 80 kills with a 39.6 kill share. Paulson performed in 85 units and scored 45 targets final season.

“If I can get Abby on 6 foot, Carly on 6 foot, and Iyna on 6 foot, typically I put them within the entrance row on the identical time and so they can change positions of all three of them and for us. Can work benefit for the remainder of the season,” Kuhlvin mentioned. “I’ll begin Carly on hitting outdoors. He truly hit the best (share) within the center, but when I can get him to serve-up the fitting degree we might be actually good.

Final season, the Warriors gained 17-11-1 and 7-5 on combination within the Central Lakes Convention.

Kuehlwein mentioned the convention ought to see some similarity with Wilmer, Souk Rapids, Alexandria and Sartel who’re all difficult.

“We obtained to see Alexandria, Sartel and Wilmer in a scuffle final Friday (August 19),” Kuehlevin mentioned. “Wilmar has a giant 6-4 child who’s going to the College of Minnesota subsequent yr at Sydney Schnitzels, he would be the finest hitter within the convention. Willmar will most likely be the favourite behind Alex, Us, Sartel and Sock Rapids. You realize, so much. There’s all of the equality that is enjoyable. You are not going to the health club and hoping to win.”

The Warriors hosted a Precision Scrimmage on August 24, which noticed seven totally different occasions, together with Sock Rapids and Walker-Hackensack-Alone, who shaped the state final yr, and space rival Pequot Lake.

“We noticed the sock rapids within the first scrimmage and I believed they performed a little bit higher than us,” Kuhlwein mentioned. “In opposition to Walker, they actually could not cease our offense and the final time I truly charted Pequot Lakes. Now Pequot has been a little bit higher through the years, however once we play with them nobody in that match. can win.”

The Warriors started their season on Tuesday, August 30 in opposition to St. Cloud Tech at dwelling. The Pequot Lakes matchup is scheduled for September 13 at Brainerd Excessive Faculty.

Brainerd can also be in three tournaments together with the Sock Rapids Invite September 10, the Duluth East Invite September 24 and the Irondale Match October 15.

In Part 8-4A, warriors should depart behind Rogers, St. Michael-Albertville, Moorhead, Sartel and Bemidji to succeed in the dominion.

“Rogers will most likely be No. 1 with St. Michael No. 2,” Kuehlwein mentioned. “Between three, 4 and 5 you possibly can most likely put anybody there, together with us. So anybody can win, it is nearly who’s going to guide on that exact day. ,


senior: Kate Stadam (OH), Ella Anderson (L/DS), Anika Aho (S), Emma Storm (DS/OH), Iaina Picker (MH/OH), Abby Paulson (RS/MH), Aidan Yost (S)

Junior: Savannah Johnson (OH/RS), Greta Jagger (RS/MH)

sophomores: Anna Björklund (RS/MH), Emma Garding (DS/L), Ava Looney (MH/RS), Carly Dunham (OH/MH)


Tuesday, August 30, hosted by St. Cloud Tech at 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 1, Sartel at 7 p.m.

September 6: Hosts Souk Rapids at 7 p.m.

September 10: Invite at Souk Rapids at 9 a.m.

September 13: Hosts Pequot Lake at 7:15 pm

September 15: Hosts Fergus Falls at 7 p.m.

September 20: 7 p.m. in Alexandria

September 22: Host Rokori at 7 p.m.

September 24: Invite in Duluth East at 8 a.m.

September 29: 7 p.m. at St. Cloud Tech

October 4: Host Sartel 7 pm

October 6: 7 p.m. in Souk Rapids

October 11: Bemidji at 7 pm

October 13: Host Wilmer at 7 p.m.

October 14: 7 p.m. at St. Cloud Apollo

October 15: 9 a.m. on the Irondale Match

October 27, November 1, November 5: Part 8-4A Playoffs

Nov 9, 10, 12: Class 4A State Match



Rick Kuehlwein

head coach: Rick Kuehlwein, sixth yr at Brainerd (18 years at Creatin-Derham Corridor)

2021 over: 7-5 clc, 17-11-1 general

profession document: 487-186

captain: Kate Stadam, Ianna Picker

assistant coach: Carla Stoll, Kane Solarz, Tana Johnson (B-Squad), Ann Hunnicutt (new participant), Gene Martin (new participant)

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