Suring volleyball team keying in on teamwork, defense

Eagles return one all-conference player
Morgan Rode
Sports Editor

The Suring High School volleyball team is prioritizing teamwork as it prepares for the fall season.

Suring finished near the bottom of the Marinette & Oconto Conference standings last fall and graduated several seniors from that team. But by working together, the Eagles are hoping to overcome some of the team’s inexperience and put together a solid season.

Leading the charge for coach Tonia Kruschke is senior hitter Kelsey Smith, who is the only all-conference player returning for the Eagles. She made the honorable mention team.

“Some goals and expectations our team has is to work together. If you can’t work as a team, you can’t get the job done,” said Smith.

“This is a big season for me. I would like to leave my high school career knowing that I was a positive role model — went above and beyond to better myself and my team,” Smith added. “I want to show the underclassman that if you are willing to put in extra work, that it will pay off in the end.”

Junior setter Kate Mahoney is also back after starting last year.

Sophomores Trinity Remic and Macie Reed also return with varsity experience. Remic is the team’s libero, while Reed is another hitter.

Kruschke admitted that her team lacked height, and that defense would be a focal point as a result.

The coach also believes that after a strong class of seniors throughout the conference graduated, the M&O title is up for grabs.

Suring was a No. 5 seed in the postseason last year. The Eagles upset fourth-seeded St. Thomas Aquinas Academy before being eliminated by top-seeded Gresham, which won the regional title.