The Clear Falls Knights look to make it a full decade of making the postseason in 2021 as three starters return for coach Alison Williams.
The Knights advanced to the Regional Quarters after going 11-1 in district play, which captured the crown.
Their season came to an end in a five-set heart-breaker to Dawson.
Gone are stars Mia Johnson (Hawaii), Rachel Brown (Tulsa) and Blakely Montgomery (Fairfield), so who returns to the huddle?
In the middle are a pair of rangy athletes in seniors Kade Thomas and Nicole Sherfield, who were both second-team, all-district recipients.
The defense was led by honorable mention Ashlyn German, who is all over the court.
Williams may be leaning on talented incoming freshman Kirra Musgrove to handle some of the setting duties. "We are going to be defensive minded, need good ball control and attack from the middle," Williams said.
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In what turned out to be a tough District 19-5A, Magnolia West came from a third-place finish to advance three rounds in the postseason.
One of the most dynamic hitters in Class 5A was Alyssa May (HBU), who leaves the stable after cementing a tremendous legacy on the program. Younger sister Bethany May is now taking the baton after earning the District's Setter of the Year distinction. She had nearly 1,000 assists as a freshman.
Coach Jordan McArdle also welcomes back some talented pieces on offense in junior Evyn Snook and senior Alexa Hayes. Snook was a firstteamer and Hayes earned a second-team nod. They combined for over 270 kills and 40 blocks.
Another name to remember in 2021 will be Holly Windrum on the outside for the 'Stangs.
"It's going to be about leadership, discipline, grit and trusting the process," the second-year head coach said.