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New coach leads Tigers into volleyball season

Hunter Mundal and Chelsey Ehleringer will lead the Tigers as captains this season.

The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta volleyball season got underway this week as the Tigers traveled to take on state-ranked Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.

As the new season begins, the Tigers are getting to know their new head coach, Kristi Fehr.

Fehr is not new to coaching. She was the head coach at Hancock for 14 years and got to know the Tiger program last season as the seventh-grade coach.

 Fehr took the Owls to the section finals in her last season there, and helped Hancock win nine Pheasant Conference Titles during her stint.

 Unfortunatley, injuries have kept her from seeing the complete varsity lineup in action. On the bright side, this has allowed her to see other Tigers filling in where needed.

“I’ve seen girls step up and play those positions,” said Fehr. “The girls are versatile. They have a lot of ability.”

Before school even begins the Tigers will have faced two tough teams on the road, the Jaguars and the Melrose Dutchmen.

“These could be two of our toughest matches of the season,” explained Fehr.

Along with Sauk Centre, Fehr expects Melrose to be the top teams in the conference.

Fehr has instructed the team to go into these tough early-season matches knowing that every team is beatable. They just have to limit their own mistakes and stay focused.

The Tigers have several returning starters back this season.

Although Caleb Greene has stepped aside as head coach of the Tigers, he is serving as JV coach and assistant to Fehr. Katie Knochenmus returns to coach the freshmen.

“It’s been fun getting to know them,” said Fehr. “It’s a good group of girls with a lot of talent.”