Coach: Mary Beth Dixon, 13th season
Last year: First, Fox River Classic Conference
Returning letter-winners: Stephanie Winans, sr. MB/RS; Britney Youngchild, sr. Libero; Alyssa Grotegut, sr. MB; Lydia Snyder, sr. OH/DS; Alyssa Fischer, jr. OH/DS; Emily Kretsch, jr. OH/RS; Meg Wolowicz, jr. MB; Mallory Dixon, so. S/RS
Outlook: The returning conference champion Ships return many of the pieces to the team that finished atop the FRCC and won a regional title a year ago. With improved passing and backcourt play, Lincoln hopes to be among the conference’s best once again.
Coach: Craig Schweppe, third season
Last year: Eighth, Eastern Wisconsin Conference
Returning letter-winners: Gabby Heinen, jr. S; Amber Siebold, sr. OPP; Amanda Komoroski, jr. OH; Kenzie Walesh, sr. MID; Bailee Walesh, jr. MID
Outlook: The Raiders return just four players from a year ago, but will feature a good number of juniors. Schweppe hopes to see his team be competitive on a match-by-match basis in a strong conference.
Coach: Steve Grant, fourth season
Last year: Seventh, Olympian Conference
Returning letter-winners: Mariah Klingeisen, sr. S; Kendra Zipperer, sr. L; Lindsey Brennan, sr. OH; Paige Pethan, sr. OH; Alex Cliff, so. MB
Outlook: The Jets hope to feature a strong and aggressive service game. Grant looks forward to renewing rivalries throughout the conference.
Coach: Leah Bruckner, second season
Last year: Sixth, EWC
Returning letter-winners: Maddie Dahmer, sr. MB; Kayla Klauck, DS, Carolynn Kuske, sr. L; Brenna Spencer, sr. RS; Mia Voland, sr. S; Allison Reseburg, jr.
Outlook: Strong leadership and a potent offense are some of the strong points of this veteran team. Though many of the conference’s key players from a year ago were lost to graduation, Bruckner still believes that the league is strong.
Coach: David Jirikowic, 10th season
Last year: Tied first, Olympian Conference
Returning letter-winners: Arianna Neumeyer, jr. S; MacKayla Menges, jr. OH; Heidi Moldenhauer, sr. MH; Kaitlin Radue, sr., Libero; Hannah Yagodinski, sr. DS; Felicia Vant Hul, sr. OH
Outlook: The Olympian Conference co-champions look strong once again, returning six letter-winners and a pair of all-conference honorable mentions picks in Radue and Menges.
Coach: Andrew Heimerman, first season
Last year: 10th, OC
Returning letter-winners: Shayla Luckow, sr., OH; Alyssa Schwerma, sr., L; Kaitlyn Wiegert, Sr., S; Abby Butler, sr., OH/MH; Nicole Trost, jr., S; Emily Hutterer, jr., OH/S; Callie Willman, jr., DS
Outlook: Heimerman says his club is driven to improve upon last year’s finish through their competitiveness and willingness to learn. He hopes the improvements the Indians make throughout the year will help them win close matches.
Coach: Kris Hanson, 25th season
Last year: Sixth, OC
Returning letter-winners: Bailey Ebben, jr. OH; Lauren Holschbach, sr. OH/OPP; Brittany Sheahan, sr. MH; Shelby Otto, jr. MH
Outlook: Hanson believes the Panthers have solid leadership and have a trio of quality setters.