Brimming with confidence despite big changes at Northwest

Members of the Northwest volleyball team congratulate one another after scoring a point on Aug. 7, 2018 during a Vikings' practice. (KHGI)

Northwest volleyball comes in with a completely different look for 2018.

The Vikings only have two starters back from a squad who went 29–9 and ended their season in a Class B semi-final loss.

To top it off, Northwest is also breaking in a new head coach, Lindsey Harders. Even though this is her first year with the final say, Harders doesn't think the Vikings are far off from another November visit to Lincoln.

"I think that we've been really strong defensively. We stick in a lot of rallies because of our defense," Harders said. "We just need to work on finding some more terminators, but we definitely have our ‘go-to’s’ who have been strong all summer."

Despite the new faces within the starting line-up, the black and gold expect to compete at a high level as they typically do.

"Whitney Jensen is a really big leader for us on the court and also Megan Cooper's vocal leadership has stuck out throughout the summer," says Harders.

The 2018 season starts at the Bill Marshall Classic for Northwest as they take on Ogallala and then 2017 runner-up Omaha Duchesne an hour later; the same Duchesne who beat the Vikings in straight sets by a total of six points to end their run at a state championship. It all happens on Aug. 25 at the Nebraska State Fair.

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