Coach Brandy Paul has never shied away from lofty expectations. That includes this season despite having a younger team than in years past.
Beloit graduated four seniors from last year’s team, but that is not slowing them down. Coach Paul said the team continues to improve after a very successful summer.
“We will be very young, but if we can stay healthy and continue to improve, we will be a very competitive team. Have had a very successful summer playing and will continue to see this team get better and better,” said coach Paul.
The team does return two All-State players in Mylie Brown (Jr.) and Addison Budke (So.). Brown and Budke are two of the best volleyball players in the state. Last season Brown was named to the Class 3A State Tournament Team and was sixth in total kills with 502 and had 40 aces on the serve for 240 points. She also added 294 digs, 3.3 per set. Budke was a first-year letter winner as a freshman and like Brown, is a six-rotation player. She was named to the NCAA 1st Team All-League and 1st Team All-State after putting up 679 kills, 37 aces and 213 digs. Budke also added 28 blocks, one more than Brown. Together they are a formidable force.
Senior Haley Channell returns to the middle for Beloit this season and has looked good early in the season. Peyton Remus (Jr.) is back as a defensive specialist for Beloit and coach Paul is excited to see her leadership on the floor.
“Peyton is the voice and leader of our team. Always talking and leading our team on the court for three-rotations as well as on the bench when she is not in the game. And she is one of the hardest workers on the team,” said coach Paul.
Other team members include Jaidyn Follis (So.) setter, Kailyn Follis (So.) libero, Dakota Gray (Fr.) middle, Cassandra Thompson (Fr.) middle, Marley File (Jr.) middle, Brecken Boudruaex (Fr.) RS/OPP, Alison Schroeder (Jr.) DS/right, Olivia Wright (So.) outside hitter.