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Prep Volleyball: New look Wildcats

A New London-Spicer volleyball player swats a ball over the net in Thursday's practice. Jake Schultz / Tribune1 / 4
A New London-Spicer volleyball player prepares to set a ball during a scrimmage in Thursday's practice. Jake Schultz / Tribune2 / 4
A pair of New London-Spicer volleyball players meet at the net to contest for a ball in Thursday's practice. Jake Schultz / Tribune3 / 4
New London-Spicer head volleyball coach Erin Schoumaker discusses practice plans during Thursday's practice. Jake Schultz / Tribune4 / 4

New London-Spicer's volleyball team will have plenty of new faces this season.

The Wildcats started practice Monday and began the effort to replace a bevy of graduated seniors, including All-Area first team setter Brooke Beuning. Three other Wildcats earned All-Area honorable mention honors last season but will need to replace all three this season.

Hunter Paffrath is the team's only returning player that logged any starts last season. She'll be joined by three other seniors on this year's squad.

"Positions are open," NLS head coach Erin Schoumaker said. "We sort of have to rebuild everything, but it's exciting. We have a good bunch of athletes, we just lack the experience."

Schoumaker has utilized this opening week of tryouts to see how different players work together and test different lineup configurations.

"RIght now, we're just observing how they play together and what works," Schoumaker said. "They have the skill sets we need, it's just seeing how they handle other teams at a varsity level."

Schoumaker will get to see her players at the varsity level when the season starts with a tournament in Albany August 25.

Jake Schultz

Jake Schultz is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune, working his first job out of college. He graduated from St. John's University (CSB/SJU) in 2016 and is a baseball fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @StJake29. 

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