Volleyball preview: Cloquet Lumberjacks

With just 3 starters returning, Cloquet lacks experience; first game at home Aug. 27 against Duluth East

Cloquet junior Elli Willoughby makes a dig during practice Thursday, Aug. 15. Willoughby will be playing libero for the Lumberjacks in 2019. Jamey Malcomb/Pine Journal

Head coach: Heidi Anderson

Assistant coaches: Tyler Korby (assistant), Kelsey Motzko (JV), Emily Hallgren (C-team)

Returning starters: Lucy Sinkkonen, MH; Brenna McClarey, MH; and Emerson Rock, S

New faces to watch: Elli Willoughby, libero; Keelee Grashorn, OH; Breea Rasmussen, OH; Morgan VanReese, S; Trinity Semo, OH; Geneveve Fonoti, MH; eighth-grader Ava Carlson

Team strengths: The team is scrappy and works hard, head coach Heidi Anderson said.


Biggest challenge: Lack of experience

Coach’s assessment: “We have only one senior this year in Lucy Sinkkonen and we graduated seven last year, including most of our starting lineup,” Anderson said. “The players have worked hard in the off-season and we are being competitive in our preseason scrimmages. We have a lot of versatile athletes that can play multiple positions.”

Jamey Malcomb has a been high school sports reporter for the Duluth News Tribune since October 2021. He spent the previous six years covering news and sports for the Lake County News-Chronicle in Two Harbors and the Cloquet Pine Journal. He graduated from the George Washington University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in history and literature and also holds a master's degree in secondary English education from George Mason University.
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