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Dike-New Hartford Volleyball Succeeding With Experience
By Chelsi McDonald, TV9 Sports
DIKE, Iowa - The defending state champions of Dike New Hartford have spiked their way to an undefeated season.
Sophomore Briana Weber says, "Our mindset is to take every team as if they are number one, and that they are going to be our best game have all season, and we just go from there."
Get this, their top four starters are only sophomores.
Brooke Morgan, 6'4'', says that they have fun, but they are extremely focused. They have to be focused to not lose 39 straight games this season.
Something that is even more remarkable to me, is that they have been playing with each other since they were in the 4th grade.
"We start playing AAU in the 4th grade, and that's with Coach Diane Harms, and we play until we are in 8th grade," sophomore Lizzy Blough.
They told me that the reason why they are so successful is because their team is so close, and that they've had the same coach for about six years.
Setter Rachel Koop says, "It is because we've done drills a lot and we know that we have to work really hard, and we know what she wants us to do."
With playoffs in the near future, this fourth ranked team hopes to defend their state title. Briana Weber and Rachel Koop have already committed to play collegiate volleyball for UNI.
TV9's Chelsi McDonald profiles DNH's volleyball team, which has players who have been playing together for a very long time.