This is the Baldwin-Woodville High School 2018 Volleyball Team. Submitted photo
This is the Baldwin-Woodville High School 2018 Volleyball Team. Submitted photo

Submitted by Shannon Kamm, Head Volleyball Coach, BWHS

BALDWIN, WI -- The volleyball season at Baldwin-Woodville High School has begun. With the excitement of a new season and returning letter winners, the teams have done well.

The traditional trip to Colfax to play in a quad for each team happened the evening before the district’s Open House day. The C squad, JV and Varsity teams played Colfax, Eau Claire Regis, and Unity. This is always a great scrimmage to see good competition and start the new season. A new opportunity for the varsity team was a tournament in New Holstein. The players, two managers, and two coaches traveled on Wednesday evening to New Holstein and enjoyed team bonding and music on the 4-hour bus trip. The tournament presented a lot of quality play for the team and allowed us to play against Division 2 teams from another part of the state. 

The opening season match was at home against Menomonie. The Blackhawks defeated Menomonie in four sets. Scores of the game were 25-13, 25-9, 16-25, 25-23. The stands were full, and the excitement was appreciated by all of the Blackhawks volleyball teams. “It was a great way to start the home opener! We hope that fans continue to come and support the teams. We want parents and fans in the stands standing up and cheering on game point and jumping up when we make fantastic plays. The girls work hard, and when they make great plays they deserve to be celebrated,” Coach Kamm stated. As the season begins, the teams look forward to improving their team skills and communication on the court. Each opportunity provides them new challenges and new levels of competition. 

The Senior leadership this year is fantastic. We have seven seniors and they are Kate Thompson, Taylor Meyers, Lexie Klatt, Anna Devlin, Andrea Aaby, Brooke Evenson and Mara Schommer.

“The seniors are leading the team by their tireless work ethic, commitment in the weight room, leading the team on and off the court, and their quest to create a team culture that will remain after their time with Blackhawk Volleyball. I cannot say enough about this group of seniors. They have taken their leadership and play to the next level and added STRENGTH to the team culture. If you see members of the team you should ask them what the word STRENGTH means to them,” stated Coach Kamm.  

The 2018 Volleyball Team - All levels of the program have gotten wins. All athletes grade 9 through 12 have been making gains in their fundamentals and play. “Building our team culture is important but learning the sport of volleyball is even more important. Fundamentally, the program last season had a lot of work to do. The athletes at all levels this season are seeing the impact of focus on improvement of fundamentals and how that contributes to wins. Along with a solid team culture we are also creating a WINNING culture. The teams are seeing wins at all levels, and that is a direct correlation to the core covenants they have created, their relentless effort to be fundamentally sound volleyball athletes, and their focus on raising their volleyball IQ,” reported Coach Kamm

Last week the Varsity and Junior Varsity hosted a quad at home against Prescott, Durand, and Spring Valley. The Varsity and Junior Varsity posted 3-0 record and won their quad at each level. The Varsity saw more volleyball action at the Hudson Invite over the weekend where they posted a 5th place finish out of 8 teams, and they logged another conference win against Somerset. “We continue to see growth in our play and also identify areas that we need to work on at all levels. I can’t say enough about our coaching staff.  They are a tremendous asset to the program. I am made a better coach every day by being able to work with them. It’s a TEAM effort even on the coaching staff, and that directly affects the athletes and the program. We all have our strengths and we apply that to our practices every day. It’s a privilege for me to be a Blackhawk and work the coaches and our athletes every day,” stated Coach Kamm

This week the Blackhawk Volleyball teams see action at home Tuesday against Hudson, and our first conference match Thursday against Amery. Thursday is also Staff Appreciation Night at BWHS. “The volleyball team wants to thank the staff and show appreciation to them. They have a huge impact on our student athletes, and we can’t spell SUCCESS without them!” stated Coach Kamm. 

Stats vs. Menomonie: Brooke Evenson- 1 Ace, 1 block solo, 2 block assists, 9 digs, 11 kills. Brianna Mikla- 3 Aces, 7 digs, 8 kills. Maddy Jensen- 2 block solo, 2 block assist, 7 kills. Andrea Aaby- 3 kills, 3 digs, 9 assists. Kate Thompson- 1 block assist, 3 kills. Lexie Klatt- 2 Aces, 5 digs. Mara Schommer- 1 Ace, 8 digs. Angela Nilssen- 1 Ace, 12 assists,7 digs, 2 kills. Maddie Thompson-, 2 Aces, 12 assists, 2 digs.1 kill.