Volleyball preview: Litchfield Dragons will rely on many new players in 2023

Aug. 26—LITCHFIELD — There will be plenty of freshness for

Litchfield Dragons

volleyball this fall.

The Dragons enter the 2023 season after graduating five seniors who played big minutes, including All-

Wright County Conference

selections Olivia Holmgren and Greta Hansen.

Litchfield was 16-13 last season with a 4-3 conference record.

"After a successful 2022 season, led by a large group of experienced seniors, we will be looking at a lot of players and a lot of options to see what our 2023 team identity will be," said Darin Swenson, who enters his 19th season as Litchfield's head coach. "We have a lot of young players who are hungry to prove themselves and put themselves in a position to be contributors on this year's varsity squad."

Litchfield will be led by its two returning starters: Morgan Falling and Asha Ehlers.

Falling is a 5-foot-8 senior outside hitter and Ehlers is a 5-8 junior outside hitter.

"Morgan is an all-around player that can impact the game from any position," Swenson said. "Asha is a powerful hitter that is looking to have a breakout year."

More seniors on the roster include: Eva Sohl, a 5-8 middle/right-side hitter; Carli Gabrielson, a 5-7 middle hitter; Izzy Culbertson, a 5-6 defensive specialist.

Alongside Ehlers, there are three more juniors: Anna Sorgatz, a 5-6 defensive specialist; Allison Kargas, a 5-5 defensive specialist; Grace Holmgren, a 5-2 setter.

Rounding out Litchfield's varsity lineup are five sophomores: Chloe Kowalczyk, a 5-5 setter; Kierra Lease, a 5-10 middle hitter; Kelsey Palmer, a 5-8 right-side/outside hitter; Lydia Schultz, a 5-5 outside hitter.

"Having a large number of players that can play multiple positions, we will have the opportunity to try some unconventional lineups to give us a different look for the 2023 season," Swenson said. "It is going to be an exciting season to see this group of Dragons develop from match-to-match."

Aug. 25 at Rush City tournament

Aug. 29 at Hutchinson

Sept. 5 at Maple Lake

Sept. 12 vs. Kimball

Sept. 14 at Rockford

Sept. 19 vs. Litchfield

Sept. 21 vs. Dassel-Cokato

Sept. 23 at Dassel-Cokato invitational

Sept. 26 at Annandale

Sept. 28 at Glencoe-Silver Lake

Oct. 3 at Eden Valley-Watkins

Oct. 5 vs. Watertown-Mayer

Oct. 7 at Alexandria invitational

Oct. 10 at New London-Spicer

Oct. 12 vs. HLWW

Oct. 17 vs. Princeton

Oct. 23 vs. St. Cloud Cathedral