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Three All-Gopher players return for WEM volleyball team

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WEM varsity volleyball team and coaches, front row, left to right: Alayna Atherton, Josie Volkmann, Claire Bohlen, Grace Baker, and manager Mitch Tegmeier. Back row, left to right: Briley Velzke, Assistant Coach Ken Trnka, Miranda Krystosek, Tatum Richards, McKenna Schuster, Tianna Pope, Addison Condon, Ashlyn Pelant, Liza Baker, and Head Coach Crystal Lamont. (Jay Schneider photo)

With three returning All-Gopher Conference players returning and only one play gone from last year’s team, the WEM volleyball team should be a contender for the Conference, Sub-Section, and Section titles in 2023.

WEM finished third in the conference with a 9-2 record and was 18-14 overall, winning the Sub-Section Championship and losing in the Section 2A title game.

Seniors Claire Bohlen (1st Team All Gopher), Alayna Atherton (2nd Team), and Josie Volkmann (3rd Team) will be the team leaders for a squad which graduated only Jordan Green (Honorable Mention All-Gopher).

“We return all but one starter from last year,” WEM head coach Crystal Lamont said. “We are an athletic team who works hard to be the best defensive team every game. We lack height but our hitters have worked hard to become smarter and more precise with their shots.”

Bohlen was the team’s Most Valuable Player and Best Offensive Player after finishing with a team-leading 377 kills, 51 service aces, 421 digs, and 22 total blocks during her junior season.

Atherton finished her junior season with...

To see more on this story pick up the August 24, 2023 print edition of the LifeEnterprise.