Minatare volleyball will improve in D-2 ranks
     2014-09-04      By Kay Grote    editor@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Kay Grote/Gering Citizen - Members of the 2014 Minatare Indians volleyball team are from row from left, Angelica Longoria, Tristen Wecker, Jazmin Martinez, and Alison Kannaird. Second row, Franki Doty, Maria Guereca, Kacie Lore, destiny Lerma, Maddie Ross, and Destiny Craig. Third row, Alexia Pate, Shania Taylor, Massie Goodteacher, Harley Craig, Emily Park, and Kali Timmens. Not pictured is Briana Regester. The team is coached by Tressie Sims.  
MINATARE — Minatare volleyball has a lot to look forward to. Numbers are up, enthusiasm is up and five returning seniors are ready to leave their mark with some wins in the column this year. Coming off a 1-20 season in the Minuteman Athletic Conference last year has not deterred the Lady Indians. They know everything they accomplish this year will be an improvement and for the season’s outlook, their main goal is to play and represent as a team among the D-2 ranks.

“We have some awesome leadership and a lot of talent on this team this year. They have grown a lot since last year and right now, they just want to play for each other,” said second year head coach Tressie Sims. “Their attitudes are great.”

Sims is especially pleased and excited with the numbers she will have to work with this year. Currently there are 17 9-12 players making practice. Of those are five returning seniors: Angelica Longoria, Tristen Wecker, Alison Kanniard, Jazmin Martinez, and Briana Regester. Other key returning players are junior Maria Guereca, and sophomores Destiny Craig, Franki Doty and Kacie Lore.

“Last year was a strong learning season for us,” Sims said. “Our girls are anxious to get started again and continue on what they began rebuilding last year. We will focus on fundamentals and continue to improve and just have fun with the game.”

Senior Tristen Wecker knows teamwork remains key to the Lady Indians’ success. She said their goal is to represent their community and build a sense of family among the student athletes at Minatare High School.

“We are big on communication. We like each other and just want to have fun,” Wecker said. “We play better when we have fun.”
Sims and her players know, however, that skills and focus will be needed to get past some tough competition in the MAC.

“Banner County and Creek Valley are our main ones. They’re always good, but we’d like the chance to stand up against them” Wecker said.
Minatare opens their season Thursday, Sept. 4 at the Banner County triangular with Creek Valley. They will then travel to Potter-Dix on Tuesday, Sept. 9 before hosting their first home game against Garden County on Thursday, Sept. 11.

Minatare Indians Volleyball
Thursday, Sept. 4 at Banner County triangular with Creek Valley, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 9 at Potter-Dix, 5 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 11 home v. Garden County, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 16 home v. Sioux County, 5 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 19 at McPherson County (Tryon), 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 7 Minatare Triangular with Banner County, Garden County, 5 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 16 at Morrill, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 17 at Sioux County (Harrison), 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 18 MAC Tournament at Chappell, 9 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 23 home v. Bayard, 5 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 24 home v. Hyannis, 5 p.m.

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