Lindbergh hopes to return to form this year

Head coach Johnna Wieter is excited about her Lindbergh High School girls' volleyball team that features quite a bit of returning talent. Bill Milligan photo

Head coach Johnna Wieter is excited about her Lindbergh High School girls’ volleyball team that features quite a bit of returning talent. Bill Milligan photo

By STEPHEN GLOVER

After finishing 12-13 last season with a 4-4 record in conference play, the Lindbergh High School girls’ volleyball team is looking to bounce back this fall.

“We’re looking good right now,” Lindbergh head coach Johnna Wieter said. “We’ve got quite a bit of talent returning so I’m excited.”

Senior middle hitter Mikaela Lahm returns this season after racking up 123 kills last season. Lahm also recorded 15 assists, 31 blocks and 10 digs during the 2008 campaign.

“Mikaela’s really come a long way,” Wieter said. “I think that playing club ball really made a difference for her. She just knows the game better.”

Junior setter Molly Krus led the Flyers with a total of 588 assists last year.

“Molly just does a great job for us at setter,” Wieter said. “She’s a leader on the court and is someone who loves to win and is just so competitive.”

Junior Samantha Kersting also will play at middle hitter after recording a team-leading 53 blocks with 132 kills last season.

“Samantha’s just a natural leader on and off the court,” Wieter said. “You can tell that when she’s out there, she really enjoys the game.”

At left-side hitter this season will be senior Claire Lorenz, who led Lindbergh with a total of 265 digs. She also had 27 kills.

“Claire came to us last year as a transfer and played libero,” Wieter said. “But she can really hit the ball and we’ll have her over at left-side hitter this year.”

Senior Abby Kaminski will see time at left-side hitter as well as the back row this season after racking up 117 digs, 11 aces and nine kills last year.

“Abby may see some playing time at defensive specialist and left-side hitter,” Wieter said. “She has a nice jump serve, plays good defense and is an all-around good person to have on your team.”

Another senior at left-side hitter is Amanda Kearns, who should see a lot more playing time this season.

“Amanda saw a little playing time last year where she only played in 12 games,” Wieter said. “But she should see a lot more playing time at left-side hitter this year.”

Senior defensive specialist Sarah Halloran racked up a total of 91 digs last year.

“Sarah will be one of our top passers this year,” Wieter said. “I see her getting some playing time on the back row this season.”

Senior Kayla Peek is another outside hitter who could see time in the rotation this year.

“The one thing about Kayla is that she has a consistent serve,” Wieter said. “She’s very spirited and is very much a team player and an overall great kid.”

Lindbergh Girls’ Volleyball

Sept. 1 Seckman A 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 2 Parkway West H 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 4 Westminster H 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 Northwest A 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 9 Notre Dame A 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 11 Webster H 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 17-19 Meramec Tourney A TBA

Sept. 22 Mehlville H 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 29 Lafayette H 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 1 Oakville H 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 3 Helias Tournament A TBA

Oct. 5 Nerinx Hall A 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 8 Fox H 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 9 Cor Jesu A 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 13 Kirkwood A 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 15 Parkway South A 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 17 Lindbergh Invitational H 9 a.m.

Oct. 19 Eureka A 6 p.m.

Oct. 22 Marquette A 4:15 p.m.