The Coeur d’Alene volleyball team heads to state without a senior on its team.
That’s a little misleading, though. After the just completed regular season, the Vikings’ underclassmen are a year older in experience.
Perhaps the biggest concern Viks coach Dee Pottenger has isn’t the lack of seniors but the lack of state experience. CdA hasn’t taken a team to state since 2008.
The Viks take immeasurable confidence to state after knocking off two-time defending State 5A champ Lewiston twice, including a 3-1 win in the regional title match.
CdA (18-3) opens against Mountain View (11-8) Friday at Skyline High School in Idaho Falls. Lewiston (30-3) meets Vallivue (17-3) in another opener.
Pottenger pointed out that when Lewiston won its first state title, it did so without a senior.
“We have the athletes, we have the team, that have the ability to do well (at state),” Pottenger said. “We don’t have the (state) experience. These girls haven’t been to a state tournament. So if we can get over the nervousness of being at state we have the level of players to do well.”
Junior setter/outside hitter Megan Ramseyer, who recently gave an oral commitment to the University of Idaho, likes her team’s chances.
“This is by far the best we’ve played,” Ramseyer said moments after CdA topped Lewiston in the regional final. “Our team chemistry is good.”
Although CdA is young, players don’t default to that youth when things get tight in matches. When the Viks have opportunities to swing, they swing instead of chipping, dinking and tipping.
“There’s no point in being tentative when we know we can get a kill off of it,” Ramseyer said.
CdA achieved its first goal: to qualify for state. Beyond that the Viks will take what they earn.
“This year we wanted to get there (state),” Pottenger said. “Now it’s a new season and we’ll go down there without any pressure and see how we do.”
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