The Ogilvie Lions volleyball team finished the 2018 season with a 12-13 record, fourth place in both Section 5 A North A and the Great River Conference. They beat Hinckley-Finlayson in the first round of Section playoffs, but then were eliminated by No. 1 seed Rush City.
Here’s what head coach Pam Nickles had to say about the 2019 season:
What’s different for this season’s team, compared to last season?
A: Experience. We lost 12 girls to graduation. We have one returning starter and one other who has seen some varsity playing time.
What challenges do you expect the team to face this year?
A: A lack of experience at the varsity level.
How does the coaching staff prepare for a new season?
A: In the summer we put in time with our athletes. We focus on what we have, and how we’ll fill the gaps from the previous year.
What makes a player a good team captain?
A: Leadership: an ability to communicate with and motivate their teammates. They lead by example, and inspire players when things get tough.
How do you think participation in athletics affects students beyond the swim meets?
A: When you participate in sports, coaches hold you to high standards: being on time every day, working together and working hard. These are essential life skills.
Is there anything else you’d like to mention about the upcoming season?
A: We begin this season with matches against White Bear Lake and St. Cloud Apollo. Playing these two will give us experience playing against quality teams.
The Lions began the new season on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the White Bear Lake Side-Out Classic, and then hosted St. Cloud Apollo at home on Tuesday, Aug. 27.