Chelsea Lesniewski will step into the role as one of the big hitters on the outside, and Germann remarked about her visible improvements over her sophomore season last year. Lesniewski will give consistency to the front line with the setters that also welcomes underclassman Betsy Leonard to the middle and junior Jamie Huennekens to the outside.
The Steamers roster is full of talented athletes and volleyball players this year that allows Germann to fill out the positions on the floor easier and have confidence that the players on the floor will execute no matter what combination is out there.
“We’re always going to have two very, very strong people up in the front row at all times, and then even our third hitter is still strong,” Germann stated. “We also added (sophomore) Averi Leitzen — we moved her up (to the varsity) for our libero. She is quick and she’s ready to pick up everything up back there. By moving Averi up, then that allows me to have Marla Stoecker and Averi in the back row, so I’ve got two great defensive specialists in the back.”
The improvements on the court are raising the expectations.
“I expect us to work a lot better together this year. We get a long very good so we play really good as a team,” Edfors, one of the team’s captains, said.
The Steamers hope the enthusiasm on the court will take them far and allow them to meet their high expectations and set even higher ones, but they will not be short on challenges, either, with conference powerhouses Erie and Riverdale restocking their teams and new teams joining the Three Rivers Conference this season.