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Red Wolf volleyball squad working hard for conference goals

It’s been a tough conference for the Cedarcrest volleyball team. But with six returning seniors and some key underclassmen, the Red Wolves are looking to finish in front ranks.

Back for his third season, coach Brandon Jones will draw on returning senior outside hitters Hannah Smythe and Jessica Knoth, an all-league honorable mention last season. He also has a strong newcomer in middle blocker Katie Birum.

Important seniors include setter Lindsey Smith, defensive specialists Natalie Anderson and Hanna Paradis and middle blocker RaeLea Davidson.

The Red Wolves finished last season 2-12, and face the two-time defending 1A state champion and 2A state runner ups in the Cascade conference.

Jones’ team goal is to make it to state.

“Our girls have been working hard all summer to accomplish this goal,” he said. “My philosophy is that hard work pays off. We put in extra time in the gym so that it pays off in our games.

“This season, we are looking to cash in on all of the hard work that we have put in for the last two years,” Jones added.

Jones is backed up by JV coach Kim Hunter and C team coach Ashley Owen.

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