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Eagle netters start season with Standish tourney win

By Ben Murphy

8-30-13 Farwell Volleyball Standish TourneyIt’s early, but Farwell volleyball ninth year head coach Jacob Sullivan feels good about how the 2013 season has started.

“Very good,” Sullivan said. “We have started this year without many setbacks from last year, there are big shoes to fill in our lineup after graduating three starting three year seniors last year and the upcoming juniors are showing that they are ready to play and they have the skills to take over those spots.”

Returning from last year’s team that went 11-22-1 overall and 3-11 in the Jack Pine Conference are seniors Lauren Ringwalt (setter, outside hitter), Caron White (middle hitter), Becca Howard (defensive specialist) and junior Kate Saupe (setter, right side hitter).

New to the team are juniors Logan Sprague (outside hitter), Jessie Theisen (outside hitter), Kendra Robison (middle hitter) and Cassie Hanna (defensive specialist).

“Offensively, White will be a huge asset to us at the net along with Saupe and they couldn’t do it without Ringwalt giving them excellent sets,” Sullivan said. “I am looking forward to watching Theisen develop into a threat position from the outside and Robison continuing to improve at the middle position.”

With the heavy loss to graduation, the coach is eying a few key areas for his team.

“We will have to play very good defense and give our offense a chance to show the weapons that they have,” Sullivans aid. “Good receiving and passing will determine whether our games go well or not.”

As for the JPC race this year, the coach sees familiar faces expected to be at the top.

“I expect our conference to be very competitive again this year and anyone could win games on any given night,” Sullivan said. “Roscommon and Meridian (defending champions) are always tough in conference play and Gladwin will again place themselves at the upper portion of the standings. We are looking to stay near the top of the conference and our main goal is to bring a district championship to Farwell in 2013.

On Friday, Aug. 23 the Eagles began their season at the Standish-Sterling tournament, overcoming early-day losses to claim the tournament championship.

Farwell struggled in pool play, losing to Gladwin 25-16 and 25-14, fell to Standish 25-23 and 27-25, split with Alcona 25-18 and 23-25 and lost to AuGres 25-22 and 25-12.

In the semifinals the Eagles topped Alcona 28-26, 21-25 and 15-7 and edged Gladwin 25-14 and 25-22 in the championship.

White led the team with 26 kills and nine aces on the day, Ringwalt had 41 assists, Saupe had 20 digs and Robison had 13 aces.
Farwell (2-3-1) played at Evart on Tuesday and hosts Shepherd on Sept. 4.

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