Season Recap: Watertown High School’s volleyball team had tough act to follow in 2021 – Watertown Public Opinion

Members of the 2021 Watertown High School volleyball team include, from left to right in front, Addi Johnston; second row, student manager Ella Cozad, Kayla Vohlken, Karli Hanten, Jaclyn Lloyd, Emily Tisher, Trinity Hodorff, Payton Walter, Eve Hauger and student manager Madison Park; third row, head coach Rosemary Bellum, assistant coach Kelly Kettwig, Miranda Falconer, Kate Luken, Cheri Kjetland, Kendall Paulson, Carter Jurrens, Emma Koch, Maddy Rohde, Brianna Johnson, Kennedi Engels, Hannah Herzog, assistant coach Tawny Heiser, assistant coach Katie Strande and assistant coach Carly Peterson.

It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that it wasn’t going to be easy for the 2021 Watertown High School volleyball team to continue the program’s recent string of success.

Heavy graduation losses each of the past two years took a number of the players who helped the Arrows compile a combined 90-22 record with three Eastern South Dakota Conference championships and three state Class AA semifinal appearances in the previous four seasons, including one in 2019 that helped lead to the second state championship in program history.

It was definitely a tough act to follow.

“We had only one returnee who had any kind of significant playing time,” said Rosemary Bellum, who completed her fifth season as the Arrows’ head coach. “All of those girls were brand new to the varsity with the speed and talent they had to go against.”

Two bad stretches, one early