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Experience counts

TIFFIN– “CCA will be right in the fight,” said varsity volleyball coach Brian Bronzynski. His fourth year at the helm finds little change to the starting line-up.
Last year, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers put up a 20-11 record with a tie for first place (with Marion) in the WaMaC West. The postseason came to an abrupt halt in the first round of regional play with a 1-3 loss on the road at Maquoketa, a loss still very much on Bronzynski’s mind. “We should’ve been able to go deeper into the regional tournament.”
Graduation only claimed four: starter Laura Neuzil, Jazmyne Neely, Mariah McKinnon and Kara Brant.
The Clippers return seven seniors: Maliah Fligg, Amy Kalkhoff, Michelle Lutz, Kate Hergert, Liz Hergert, Grace Chabal and Tara Walls. Sophomore Hannah Stokes also returns with sophomores Natalie Brimeyer, McKenzie Fuller, Lauren Stopko, Dacia Lipkea and Lexi Kinnaird. Freshman Alyssa Weldon will also get the varsity nod this season.
Depth is key to the Clippers for 2012. As Bronzynski explained it, “we’re 14 deep and experienced with three starters beginning their fourth year (at the varsity level), and four more in their third year.”
The coach, assisted by Jackie Clubb and Natalie Fry, sees Waterloo Columbus as the team to beat in the WaMaC with four starters back this season.
“We’re ready to get going,” Bronzynski said.