CARNEY The Carney Nadeau Wolves entered their first match on Monday a little short-handed, but nearly snuck away with a victory. Even though they didn't come away with a (W), coach Steve Kedsch feels confident overall about what his team was able to do on the court.
"I thought they played well together," he said. "Like everyone around this time of year, there's a few things we need to clean up, but we looked good."
The Wolves spikers returned a group of four players this year. Autam Wery is the lone returning senior, who comes in as an outside hitter. Junior Allison Theoret will be taking on the duties at libero, with identical twin sisters Janel and Andrea Dani playing outside hitter and setter, respectively.
New additions to the team are juniors Cassie Parrett, playing opposite, Shania Tebo in the middle, Isabella Tancredi, Morgan Eichhorn, and senior Lauren Murray.
Coach Kedsch has shifted his team's focus largely to defense and quickness this season, hoping to contend with the other teams on their schedule.
"The top teams will likely be Superior Central, Rapid River, Munising, and Bark River," he said. "It will be very competitive. Whoever can kind of get hot could win it. Forest Park has been on top for quite a while. After that, it will be a fairly open and competitive conference."
One concern the coach has going into the year is the lack of height in his squad, but by concentrating on other facets of the game, he thinks they can make up the difference if they can learn to function as a unit and work together well enough to come out with wins.
The Wolves' season rolls on as they head to Forest Park to face off against the Trojans on Thursday.
The remaining schedule:
Aug. 23 - at Forest Park;
Sept 4 - Big Bay de Noc; Sept 6 - at Mid Peninsula; Sept 13 - at North Dickinson; Sept. 15 at Articatz Tournament; Sept 18 - at Munising; Sept 25 - North Central; Sept 27 - Forest Park;
Oct 2 - at Big Bay de Noc; Oct 4 - at Superior Central; Oct 9 - at Rapid River; Oct 11 - Menominee; Oct 16 - at Bark River; Oct 22 - Munising; Oct 25 - North Dickinson