Coach: Bryan Clausen
Last year: Went 4-10 overall and 2-10 in Northwest Conference (11th). ... Won three of first five matches before losing next nine straight. ... Failed to make postseason after move up to Class 2A from the 1A.
Players to watch: Kjirstin Larson (MB, Sr.), Josie Deming (MB, So.)
Outlook: The Borderites might not be the most talented bunch in the Northwest Conference, but with seven seniors they have a surplus of leadership. Coach Bryan Clausen has been “pleasantly surprised” with the group early in the season. “They’re working really hard. I think they’ll do well,” he said in a phone interview. Last season, the Borderites were the victim of a lack of focus at times. In many of their losses, the Borderites won the first game or the first two games before losing the last three. “The girls lost focus and played really tight. They played not to lose instead of playing to win. Our goal this season is to finish the match as strong as we started.” Clausen said the team’s strength will lie in ball control, but with two middle blockers — senior Kjirstin Larson and sophomore Josie Deming — that have a ton of talent, the Borderites should be strong up front. They aren’t getting ahead of themselves yet, though, “just taking it one practice, one day, one game at time,” Clausen said.
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