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Volleyball: Patriots' return 9 letterwinners

The 2018 Pequot Lakes volleyball team. Front row, from left: Catherine Ganley, Chloe Seeling, Ari Merta, Britt Kratochvil, Ella Olmscheid and Rita Ganley. Back row: Jenna Elfering, Maddy Morrison, Lydia Hubbard, Kate Bolz-Andolshek, Greta Harmala, Mirjana Ganley, Elle Pfeiffer, Mariah Rickard and Phoebe Glenn. Dan Determan / Echo Journal

The Pequot Lakes volleyball team parted ways with five of its top contributors in the offseason, but will rely on the experience they have available, along with some relatively new faces.

"Having graduated five seniors, we are still a work in progress," head coach Chris Ganley said. "Britt (Kratochvil) and Mariah (Rickard) have two years of varsity experience, but the rest of our team will have more significant roles than they have had in the past.

The Patriots' season ended with a 3-1 loss to top-seeded Park Rapids in the South Subsection 8-2A championship match. PL had advanced by defeating Staples-Motley and Perham.

Ganley's squad finished 21-8 overall. Graduates Clare Ganley and Karli Skog earned All-Mid-State Conference honors while Sannah Lohmiller, Mariah Rickard and Britt Kratochvil received honorable mention.

Letterwinners returning to the Patriots are Kratochvil, Rickard, Elle Olmscheid, Chloe Seeling, Ari Merta, Mirjana Ganley, Jenna Elfering, Lydia Hubbard and Kate Bolz-Andolshek.

Ganley also expects Maddie Morrison,Greta Harmala, Rita Ganley, Catherine Ganley, Phoebe Glenn and Ella Pfeiffer to log some playing time this fall.

"I feel like I am still getting to know most of these girls and their skill sets," Ganley said. "Our success will depend a great deal on how these players gel and how fast they become a working unit on the court."

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August

28 - Pequot Lakes at Wadena-Deer Creek, 7 p.m.

30 - Pequot Lakes at Pine River-Backus, 7:30 p.m.

September

4 - Little Falls at Pequot Lakes, 7 p.m.

6 - Pequot Lakes at Aitkin, 7:30 p.m.

8 - Pequot Lakes Invitational, 9 a.m.

11 - Pierz at Pequot Lakes, 7 p.m.

13 - Crosby-Ironton at Pequot Lakes, 7 p.m.

18 - Sebeka at Pequot Lakes, 7 p.m.

20 - Pequot Lakes at Staples-Motley, 7 p.m.

25 - Park Rapids at Pequot Lakes, 7 p.m.

27 - Pequot Lakes at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.

October

2 - Detroit Lakes at Pequot Lakes, 7 p.m.

4 - Brainerd at Pequot Lakes, 7 p.m.

9 - Pequot Lakes at Thief River Falls, 7 p.m.

12-13 - Pequot Lakes at Apple Valley tournament, TBD

16 - Pequot Lakes at Nevis, 7:30 p.m.

18 - Pequot Lakes at Fergus Falls Invitational, TBD

Dan Determan
Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper
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