MONUMENT - Led by senior Kayla Cole, who was named a second-team TriCo League all-star last season, along with seniors Heidi Hermens, Jessie Andersen and Jessica Jewell, Monument-Dayville volleyball coach Carrie Jewell is anticipating another successful season in her seventh year as head coach.
Last season the team, which was comprised of just Monument players, won the TriCo League championship and advanced to the District 4-1A Tournament as the league's No. 1 seed.
Running up against some tough competition at the tournament, the Tigers lost in the first round to Prairie City and had to battle back through the loser's bracket before eventually claiming the consolation title with wins over Huntington and Burnt River.
Having lost just two seniors off last year's varsity squad, Jewell said she is expecting the team to do well this season, and the addition of four players from Dayville will give the Tigers more depth.
"The girls have been doing wonderful in practice and everyone has been working very hard to get ready for the season to begin," Jewell said.
Other Monument players who were on the team last season and gained some experience on the court include junior Cheltzy Cox and sophomores Ashley Mund and Jammie Adams.
New to the roster this year is senior Erin Langkamp, who transferred from Elkton when her father accepted the position as Monument's superintendent.
The four new players from Dayville include junior Lyndee Smith, who played on the team two years ago and recently transferred back to Dayville from Arizona, sophomore Shantra Hannibal and freshmen Emma Winkelman and Tiffnie Ashley.
"I have a good core-group of veterans among the 13 players on the team and some of the new girls are good players as well," Jewell said. "I am looking forward to a successful season this year."
Jewell said she didn't know which teams would be the strongest in the TriCo League this year.
"I haven't heard anything about what the other coaches have, but I expect Spray should have a strong team. They didn't lose that many girls from last year," she said.
Monument-Dayville opens the season on Friday, Sept. 6, hosting Arlington. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m.