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New Bayard coach looks for productive season
September 04, 2014 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by BHS Journalism for the Citizen - Members of the Bayard Lady Tiger volleyball team include, from left – Back row: Krissa Martinez, Kaitlin Mohrman, Liz Brown, Avery Kildow, Alexis McGann, Bailey Irish, Jaicee White, Sarah Reish and Shaley Petersen. Third row: Madi Schuller, Haley Schmall, Lauren Petersen, Cassidee White, Sadie McGann, Kenzie Harimon and Emily Doremus. Second row: Cassie Mohrman, Miah Vera, and Hilaria Esparza-Garcia. Front row: Brooklyn Kniss, Mandi Cottrell, Chellani Parriott and Kristina McGann.

The McKibbin family in Bayard will have a busy fall season this year, as Micki McKibbin takes over as the new volleyball coach, while her husband, Randy, returns to coach the football team.

Although this is her first head coaching assignment, McKibben was an assistant at Bayard under last year’s coach Cindi Korell. She’s also been an assistant coach at Wolbach in eastern Nebraska, as well as a four-year assistant for Craig Schadwinkel at Gering.

“The team’s attitude and energy level has been great,” she said. “They want to improve all the time, so that’s a good thing.”

Four seniors are among the five returning starters for the Lady Tigers this year. Seniors Challani Parriot is the team’s outside and ‘go-to’ hitter who was named to All-Western Trails Conference honors last year. She will be joined by senior Brooklyn Kniss, junior middle hitter Miah Vera, senior Kristina McGann and senior setter Mandy Cottrell.

“All of the seniors and two of the juniors are all looking very positive,” McKibbin said. “I’m looking to improve on our 14-16 record from last year.”

In addition to facing strong teams like Mitchell, Gordon-Rushville and Leyton in the Western Trails Conference, Bayard will face some new squads this year. They are new members of the MAC Conference, which includes teams from farther east.

“It will be nice to see some different competition like South Platte,” she said. “It’s nice to see new faces and see if we can step up and compete.”

McKibbin said she wants to see her players grow as a team by the end of the season. “I’d like to see both our offense and defense have a productive season so we can add some new things on offense. I’d also like to see a winning record.”

The Lady Tigers have several tournaments on this season’s schedule, including Sept. 20 in Bridgeport, Sept. 27 in Mitchell and Oct. 25 for the Western Trails tournament in Mitchell.
Bayard opens at home this season as the Morrill Lions are in town. Match time is 6:30 p.m.

Bayard Volleyball Schedule
Thursday, Sept. 4 Home v. Morrill – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 11 at Gordon-Rushville – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 13 Triangular at Banner County with Sioux County – 9 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 16 Home v. Mitchell – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 20 Bridgeport Tournament – TBA
Tuesday, Sept. 23 Triangular at Leyton – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 27 Mitchell Tournament – TBA
Monday, Sept. 29 Triangular at Bridgeport – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 30 at South Platte – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 7 Triangular at Potter-Dix – 5 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 16 Home triangular with Hemingford – TBA
Saturday, Oct. 18 MAC Conference Tournament at Creek Valley – TBA
Tuesday, Oct. 21 Triangular at Mitchell – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 23 at Minatare – 5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 25 WTC at Mitchell – 1 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 3 Away tournament – TBA
Tuesday, Nov. 4 Away Subdistrict Tournament – TBA
Friday, Nov. 7 Away District Tournament – TBA

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