Archive for Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Lansing graduate takes over McLouth volleyball team

August 31, 2005

The McLouth volleyball program, after winning just two matches in 2002, has made strides.

Now the Bulldogs will work to make their way up the mountain with a new coach.

Amy Bergman enters her first year as McLouth's volleyball coach, replacing Rachel Webb, who led the Bulldogs to a 10-18 record in 2003 and 12-19 mark in 2004.

Although Bergman inherits a team that hasn't claimed a winning season in the last few years, she is no stranger to winning.

A Lansing High alumnus, Bergman played for longtime LHS coach Julie Slater, who has a state championship to her credit and has won more than 500 matches during her coaching career with the Lions. Slater's 2002 Lansing squad won the Class 4A state title with a 38-2 record.

In addition, Bergman has coached competitive volleyball teams in the area, so coaching is her specialty.

The Bulldogs enter the season with a slew of seniors -- Heaven Mills, Christine Glover, Audrey Deeken, Devyn Roberts, Bree Barker, Catherine Gunther and Holly Kitterman all return for their senior campaigns at MHS.

The Bulldogs opened the season last weekend with the preseason Delaware Valley League tournament at Horton and Jackson Heights.

MHS went 0-4 in the tournament, falling to Horton in three games in their first match. The Bulldogs then lost to Pleasant Ridge, Valley Falls and then Horton again. Pleasant Ridge eventually took second place in the DVL tournament.

McLouth continued its season Tuesday with matches against Kansas City Christian, Horton and Valley Falls at Kansas City Christian.

The team will play again Tuesday against Jefferson County North and Troy in Winchester before playing its first home matches Sept. 13 against Pleasant Ridge and Wathena.

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