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Meridian volleyball hoping to build with plenty of returners

Meridian's Emma Weg bumps the ball as Lynden Christian beat Meridian in the first round of the 1A Northwest District Volleyball Tournament on Oct. 30, 2013 in Lynden.
Meridian's Emma Weg bumps the ball as Lynden Christian beat Meridian in the first round of the 1A Northwest District Volleyball Tournament on Oct. 30, 2013 in Lynden. The Bellingham Herald

Coach: Shannon Claeys

Last year: Went 1-13 overall and 1-11 in the Northwest Conference (12th). ... Lost first 13 match of season before topping Sedro-Woolley 3-1 in final match to avoid being in the cellar of the conference. ... Failed to qualify for postseason play.

Players to watch: Emma Weg (RS, Sr.), Alexia Bernardy (OH, Sr.), Sarah Hofbauer (S, Sr.), Ellie Dennis (L, Sr.), Julia Broussard (MB, Sr.), Kyrin Baklund (OH, So.)

Outlook: After a 1-13 year, the Trojans are bringing back most of last year’s team. “We’re really excited about that,” coach Shannon Claeys said in a phone interview. “We have five seniors returning.” That senior class is bolstered by right side Emma Weg, outside hitter Alexia Bernardy, libero Ellie Dennis and middle blocker Julia Bourssard. Sarah Hofbauer is the fifth senior and will be taking on a larger role as the team’s primary starter with Taylor Brakinreed graduated. While the seniors bring in experience, Kyrin Baklund is also one to watch for, Claeys said, as the outside hitter as “really improved a lot. The first week, she’s been bang, bang, bang,” Claeys said. The strong point of the team should once again be serving. The team racked up a lot of aces last year, and the Trojans hope to continue that this season while other facets of the game are worked on. “We’re trying to attack the ball every chance we get, and are really working on being more aggressive this year,” Claeys said.

2015 Roster

No.

Player

Pos.

Yr.

2

Sarah Hofbauer

S

Sr.

3

Kyrin Baklund

OH

So.

4

Mackenzie Cox

M/RS

So.

5

Alexia Bernardy

OH

Sr.

6

Isabella Johnson

OH

So.

7

Emma Weg

RS

Sr.

9

Bailey Carpenter

MB

Jr.

10

Karly VanderYacht

RS/DS

So.

11

Eve Castro

DS

Jr.

13

Julia Broussard

MB

Sr.

14

Ellie Dennis

L

Sr.

15

Kayla St. Amand

S

Jr.

2015 Schedule

Date

Opponent

Time

Sept. 8

Blaine

7 p.m.

Sept. 12

Sultan

Noon

Sept. 17

Lynden Christian*

7 p.m.

Sept. 24

at Nooksack Valley*

7 p.m.

Sept. 26

at Okanogan Tournament

10 a.m.

Sept. 29

at Blaine*

7 p.m.

Oct. 1

Lynden*

7 p.m.

Oct. 6

Anacortes*

7 p.m.

Oct. 8

at Sehome*

7 p.m.

Oct. 13

at Bellingham*

7 p.m.

Oct. 15

Ferndale*

7 p.m.

Oct. 20

at Squalicum*

7 p.m.

Oct. 22

Burlington-Edison*

7 p.m.

Oct. 24

at Mount Baker Tournament

TBD

Oct. 26

at Sedro-Woolley*

7 p.m.

Oct. 28

Mount Baker*

7 p.m.

*NWC game

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