Andover Central’s volleyball squad has become a mainstay at the Class 4A-Div. I state tournament the past several years as coach Rachel Tyner, who is entering her sixth season with the team, continues to lead a high-level program. The Jaguars won the sub-state championship at Circle last year and finished third at State.
“None of our success could happen if they didn’t put everything they can out onto the court every time we play. They push each other to get better at practice, and they never stop trying to becoming the best,” Tyner said.
There’s no reason to think the Jaguars won’t be a favorite to compete for a spot at State again this year. They return six key players from last year’s squad, including senior Morgan Herrmann, the team’s middle hitter who will be a leader on offense and defense. Jacquee Jessop, a junior, returns as a top outside hitter for the team.
A key to the team’s success will be the emergence of sophomore Holli Dreiling, who will run the offense as the team’s setter.
“Holli Dreiling is setting for the first for us this year, but she is getting better every day and starting to figure out each individual hitter. I look forward to seeing what she can do for us,” Tyner said.
Along the back row, the Jaguars will have plenty of options, and it will be up to the players to make the leap and contribute alongside stud libero Brooklyn Strobel.
“Taylor Wolf, Sara Reep and Emma Jessen are all going to get a chance to help us defensively in the backrow,” Tyner said. “It is also encouraging that we have Brooklyn Strobel back as our libero who covers more court with amazing accuracy with her passes than you expect her to.”
Another key returner includes Rachel Rafferty, a senior middle hitter. Grace Blackman, a junior outside hitter, is another fresh face who should be able to contribute as the season goes.