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(AUDIO) Howells-Dodge Volleyball under new leadership with Taryn Janke at the helm

(AUDIO) Howells-Dodge Volleyball under new leadership with Taryn Janke at the helm

Team: Howells-Dodge

Mascot: Jaguars

Colors: Green, Black, and Silver

Class: C-2

Head Coach: Taryn Janke (1st Season)

2018 record: 16-15

Returning Starters: N/A

Howells-Dodge has a new Volleyball Coach in Taryn Janke. Janke is from Cedar Bluffs and has been a Jaguar assistant in recent years.

“I’m from originally Cedar Bluffs. I lived in Winside for the longest time so I was driving back and forth. I was an assistant coach for three years, and so this will be my 4th year at Howells-Dodge. And I got the head coach job.”

Janke takes over for Neil VanLengen.

Janke says key returners include Taya VanLengen and Alyssa Coufal.

“We have Alyssa Coufal who will be our setter. She’s back, a senior this year. And then we also have Grace Kreikemeier and Courtney Bayer. Courtney Bayer’s a new benefit for the team coming in as a defensive specialist. And Taya VanLengen as well. She was a Libero, but we kind of moved her to the outside, and she’s going to be pretty good for us to help us out.”

Newcomers include Jill Grovijohn at outside and right side hitter, Lexi Brester, Jayda Bazata, Audrey Coufal, and others. Brooklyn Macholan returns as a middle hitter as well.

McKenna Klosen, Tonya Brester, Jessi Brester, Hannah Bayer, Erin Prusa, and Grace Dvorak all graduated last year.

Janke says the team is working on being a more cohesive unit.

“For us it’s a lot about team bonding. We are working a lot on communication, which is one as a team we agreed that needed to get better. Just communicating with each other and not getting frustrated and having a positive attitude. And I think as far as that’s gone we’ve done a pretty good job of overcoming that.”

The Jaguars open up the season at home on August 29th against Oakland-Craig.

2019 Howells-Dodge Jaguars Volleyball Schedule:

08/29/19 Oakland-Craig
08/31 (To Be Determined) Winside Quad (4-Team Round Robin) Winside
09/03/19 Clarkson/Leigh
09/10/19 Pender Triangular (host: Howells-Dodge)
09/10/19 Emerson-Hubbard Triangular (host: Howells-Dodge)
09/14 (To Be Determined) Howells-Dodge Tournament (4-Team Round Robin) Howells-Dodge
09/17/19 @ Wakefield-Allen
09/19/19 Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS)
09/24/19 @ Lutheran High Northeast
09/26/19 Pender Triangular (host: Cedar Bluffs)
09/26/19 Cedar Bluffs Triangular (host: Cedar Bluffs)
10/01/19 Wisner-Pilger Double Triangular (host: Wisner-Pilger)
10/01/19 BRLD Double Triangular (host: Wisner-Pilger)
10/05-10/05 (To Be Determined) Clarkson-Leigh Invite (1-Day Tournament, >4 Teams) Clarkson
10/08/19 @ Stanton
10/12 (To Be Determined) Humphrey-LHF Round Robin (4-Team Round Robin) Humphrey
10/17-10/19 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conf. VB Tour. (2/3-Day Tournament) Pender High School
10/22/19 North Bend Central
10/24/19 Tekamah-Herman

Click here to listen to Interview with Coach Janke 

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