Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- When Hibbing, Minn. native Kate Lange graduated last spring from the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), she took her school-record 2,078 kills for the volleyball team with her, and now the Bulldogs need to find a way to replace her productivity.
Head coach Jim Boos knows that will be one of his team's biggest challenges in 2014, but says change isn't always a bad thing and actually could be an advantage this this year's team.
"I think we have an element of surprise to us in that we aren't even going to know who's going to be getting the ball and when," Boos said, "but that also means all those players are going to have to step up."
The players Boos mentioned specifically are returning All-Americans Monica Turner and Ashley Hinsch along with Syndey Mauch and Maddy Siroin, players he expects to take a different path to the same end goal for his Bulldogs.
"Although the car has remained the same," Boos made the analogy, "the color of it is going to be very different. So it's going to be strange to drive around in a different color car, but we're excited."
UMD opens fall practices on Aug. 18 before then having the first match of the season on Sept. 4 against Northern Michigan.