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Graduation empties Kearney Catholic offensive output

Members of Kearney Catholic volleyball work on passing during practice at Cope Coliseum (KHGI)

Kearney Catholic volleyball suffered a mass exodus after the 2016 season concluded with two players on the roster having starting experience.

"It's kind of overwhelming when you look at it at first," said head coach Kris Conner.

The Stars are losing an astronomical amount of their offensive output from a year ago; over 1100 kills, 268 blocks, and 518 assists, good for a little over 90 percent of their offense.

"We lost a lot of our offense, and so when you're trying to replace about every hitter, you really rely on those seniors to group everybody together," Conner says.

Top players like Anna Squiers and Kylie Thiele have taken their talents down the street to UNK, so Kearney Catholic realizing you can't replace star athletes overnight.

"Really just try to develop some team cohesiveness. So those seniors are doing a good job. We have four seniors that are back and doing a good job and bringing a lot of younger kids on board," Conner said.

The Stars started off the season with a straight sets win over Arcadia/Loup City. They're back at it Tuesday night when KCHS plays at 2–0 Gibbon.

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