They can only go up. An eager and young team awaits Kiel’s new volleyball coach Taylor Bubolz.
The Raider volleyball preview:
KIEL RAIDER VOLLEYBALL
Head Coach: Taylor Bubolz (1st season)
2019 Record: 3-28 overall; 0-8 conference (8th place)
State Tournament History: Kiel has never qualified for WIAA State.
Looking back at 2019: A young and inexperienced team struggled, but did improve from the 2018 season with two more wins. Sage August was honorable mention All-EWC as a defensive specialist. Seniors were Sierra Rostkowski, McKensie Hickman, Mekenzie Biwan and Rachel Horneck.
A look ahead at 2020: Bubolz takes over for Brittany Bushman, who stepped down after two seasons to raise her family. Bubolz played on powerhouse teams at Howards Grove and was hired as the season started. She inherits a roster that has just three seniors in Alyssa Vogel, Andrea Meyer and Kasey Schaefer. A talented junior class includes Allison Ash, Carleen Meyer and Sydney Pitzen with sophomore prospects including Sage August, Ella Wasmer, Kendall Fisher, Alyssa Vorpahl, Grace McDole and Halle Meyer, as well as freshman Olivia Funkhouser.
With no conference wins over the past two season, Kiel can aim up, but they have youth and depth to do just that.
If there is a pre-season MVP, it is long-time assistant coach Michele Daane who kept the varsity and JV teams organized by herself during the search for a varsity coach.
2020 Kiel Raiders Schedule
Sep. 15- Home vs. Manitowoc Lutheran, 7:15 pm
Sep. 17- Home vs. New Holstein, 7:15 pm
Sep. 19- at Ozaukee Invitational, 9 am
Sep. 24- at Valders, 7:15 pm
Sep. 28- at Manitowoc Roncalli, 7:15 pm
Sep. 29- at Mishicot, 7 pm
Oct. 1- Home vs. Sheboygan Falls, 7:15 pm
Oct. 3- at Cedar Grove-Belgium Invitational, 9 am
Oct. 6- Home vs. Two Rivers, 7:15 pm
Oct. 8- at Chilton, 7:15 pm
Oct. 13- Home vs. Brillion, 7:15 pm
Oct. 15- at Omro, 7 pm
Oct. 20- WIAA Division 2 Regional First Round (tba), 7 pm
Oct. 22- WIAA Division 2 Regional Semifinal (tba), 7 pm
Oct. 24- WIAA Division 2 Regional Championship (tba), 7 pm
Oct. 29- WIAA Division 2 Sectional Semifinal (tba), 7 pm
Oct. 31- WIAA Division 2 Sectional Championship (tba), 7 pm
Nov. 5/7- WIAA State Tournament at Green Bay (tba)