Pleasantville volleyball picks up where they left off

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The Pleasantville Trojan volleyball team has a good balance of key returners and newcomers to enable the netters to pick up where they left off at the end of last season.

The 2018 season saw the Trojans enter a new era, with both a new athletic conference (West Central) and new coach, Joel Allman. Allman is feeling more confident this year, with a season under his belt and from what he has observed from his players in the off-season.

“Our girls did a really good job of putting time in in the off-season,” Allman said. “There are a lot of good, dedicated players.”

The key pieces are coming together, as the Trojans prepare to open the season on the road against Earlham on Aug. 27. Their first home meet will be two days later, Aug. 29, against whom Allman expects to be the toughest foe, Des Moines Christian. Woodward-Granger and ACGC, in that order, are expected to be the other biggest challengers this year.

Coming back for the Trojans this year are Sam Entinger, a senior outside hitter and Breana Benge, a junior who was the team’s best server and defensive player last season.

Also coming back are sophomore setter Adi Adreon, senior Makenzie McGriff and senior Noa Sample. Newcomers this season include junior Amber McKinney, senior Emily Smith, Cheyene Pagel and Lauren Cook – both juniors. Several freshmen have come to practice and are still being evaluated.

The Trojans have six home games this year – including a Cancer Crushers event. The date for that has not been announced. A full, tentative schedule for varsity Trojan volleyball is below.

 

Pleasantville Volleyball Schedule

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019

Scrimmage 5:00PM Away vs. PCM PCM
Tuesday, Aug 27, 2019
Match 7:00PM Away vs. Earlham Earlham High School
Thursday, Aug 29, 2019
Match  6:30PM  Des Moines Christian  Pleasantville High School
 
Tuesday, Sep 3, 2019
Match 6:30PM Away vs. Madrid Madrid High School
Thursday, Sep 12, 2019
Triangular 5:30PM Away vs. Clarke,
Mount Ayr
Clarke Community High School
Saturday, Sep 14, 2019
Tournament 9:00AM Away vs. Twin Cedars Community Twin Cedars High School
Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019
Match 7:00PM Away vs. Panorama Panorama High School
Thursday, Sep 19, 2019
Triangular  5:00PM  Chariton,
Interstate 35 
Pleasantville High School
Pleasantville HS Gymnasium
 
Saturday, Sep 21, 2019
Tournament TBD Away vs. Melcher-Dallas Melcher-Dallas High School
Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019
Match  6:30PM  Ogden  Pleasantville High School
Pleasantville HS Gymnasium
 
Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019
Match  6:30PM  Van Meter  Pleasantville High School
Pleasantville HS Gymnasium
 
Thursday, Oct 3, 2019
Match  7:00PM  Woodward-Granger  Pleasantville High School
 
Saturday, Oct 12, 2019
Tournament 9:00AM Away vs. Martensdale-St Marys,
Earlham,
Montezuma Community,
Southeast Warren,
Van Meter
Martensdale-St Mary’s Jr-Sr High School
Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019
Match 6:30PM Away vs. West Central Valley West Central Valley High School
Thursday, Oct 17, 2019
Match 7:30PM Away vs. Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center

 

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