Team: Guardian Angels Central Catholic
Colors: Blue and White
Head Coach: Kate Hagemann
2017 record: 10-17
Returning Starters: N/A
A familiar face is returning to the sidelines for the GACC Bluejays this season as Kate Hagemann retakes over the program for Paul Steuter, who spent one season as Head Coach of the GACC Volleyball Team.
The Bluejays have 2 seniors and a total of 24 girls out for the team this year.
The seniors are Angela Jansen and Ally Plagge.
Hagemann says Hanna Knobbe is expected to start at Libero for GACC this year.
Big losses from last year include Riley Throener, Bobbie Ortmeier, and Kali Stratman.
She adds the Bluejays went to the Wayne State and Wayne High Team camps this summer, and also took part in the Norfolk League.
Hagemann says the Bluejays were a better team last year than their record showed. “Even though last year’s team, maybe their record doesn’t look so good, there’s a lot of games where they weren’t that far off from winning. They also got hit by the injury bug, which is just tough to sustain when you’re putting a different lineup on the court because of injuries.”
Hagemann says the team has to be consistent and work hard to get back to the level the program was at just a few years ago.
She feels camaradarie and team togetherness is going to be really good this year.
GACC opens up the season on Thursday against BRLD and Wayne in the Northeast Nebraska Volleyball Classic in Pender.
Hagemann says the Blue Devils will be tough. “They’re a solid team, they always are. Always have good athletes. One thing I was impressed with them this summer is just how few mistakes that they made. So it will be a good challenge to see if we’ve improved since the last time we’ve played them, and both teams will present us with some big challenges to start the year.”
GACC is in Sub-District C2-5 with BRLD, Wisner-Pilger, Oakland-Craig, and Omaha Nation.
Hagemann says the sub-district will be anyone’s ball game. “I think our sub-district’s wide open. I think we feel like we have a chance. I know Oakland and Wisner feel like they have great chances too.”
Hagemann says she’s in favor of sub-state, saying it gets the best teams down to state and eliminates the wildcard.
2018 Guardian Angels Central Catholic Bluejays Volleyball Schedule:
08/30-09/01 (To Be Determined) Northeast Volleyball Classic (2/3-Day Tournament) Wisner-Pilger/Pender
09/04/18 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
09/06/18 @ Boone Central/Newman Grove
09/11/18 @ Wayne
09/20/18 Arlington Triangular (host: Oakland-Craig)
09/20/18 Oakland-Craig Triangular (host: Oakland-Craig)
09/25/18 Bishop Neumann
09/27/18 Hartington Cedar Catholic
10/02/18 Battle Creek
10/04/18 Wisner-Pilger Triangular (host: Lutheran High Northeast)
10/04/18 Lutheran High Northeast Triangular (host: Lutheran High Northeast)
10/09/18 @ Pierce
10/11/18 @ Crofton
10/15/18 @ Aquinas Catholic
10/16/18 @ Norfolk Catholic