Clintonville volleyball team hoping to build off last season

Truckers must fill voids left by graduated seniors
Morgan Rode
Sports Editor

As the volleyball season starts up, the Clintonville High School team is hoping for a few players to step up so the team can keep building off its solid 2019 season.

The Truckers finished with a 14-16 overall record last fall, picking up most of its wins outside of North Eastern Conference play. Clintonville ended the year on a high note, earning an upset win over Shawano in the playoffs before being knocked off by Denmark.

Several seniors from last year’s team graduated, so coach Stephanie Hidde is hoping the returning experienced players can help guide the team, and a few new names can fill in the voids.

“Our girls are starting to believe in themselves again after winning the first round of regionals last year. We are definitely ready to keep fighting,” said Hidde.

Senior Autumn Steede and juniors Abbey Schreiber and Josie Colla all return after starting last year. Steede (left) and Colla (middle) will serve as hitters for the Truckers, while Schreiber is the team’s libero.

Colla was one of two Truckers named to an all-conference team last fall, making the honorable mention list.

Seniors Kate Malesa (right side) and Morgan Federwitz (setter, right side) also return for Clintonville with varsity experience.

Hidde believes the sophomore quartet of Brookelyn Hopp (defensive specialist), Emily Taylor (setter), Bela DeJesus (left, middle) and Lauren Zwirschitz (left, middle) could be the ones to step up this fall.

“We need to keep the positive attitudes throughout the game and the season, recognize our teammates strengths and weaknesses and help each other with them to be even stronger, and lastly to really enjoy and have fun playing as a team,” said Colla of what the team needs to do to have a more successful season in NEC play this fall.