The 2017 Alverno College volleyball team brings back a core of six returners along with seven newcomers looking to take the program up the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference standings.
Third-year head coach Susan Peterson has been impressed how her squad, both returners and newcomers, has begun the pre-season.
"The returners have come back stronger and more ready to take on their role," said Peterson. "The seniors are ready to lead this team."
A pair of seniors, Jessica Wewers and Melissa Weyand, lead the upper classmen. Cailey Jeske and Alyssa Reinke represent the juniors while Marissa Kazik and Sam Korn round out the returning sophomores.
Sophomore-transfer Kaylee Leslie and the six freshmen -- Lexi Haines, Morgan Lemner, Atiya Mansfield, Neilee Newton, Arianna Rehberg and Lauryn Young -- are proving ready to rise to the challenge of college ball.
"The newcomers are prepared and ready to step into some roles here and there. They are really competing well and I think they are helping push, even the returners. We're excited about their potential as well," added Peterson.
The Inferno opens the season Friday, September 1 hosting crosstown rival Mount Mary University at 5 p.m. in Reiman Gymnasium.
Jessica Wewers, Sr., MB, Beach Park, Ill./St. Joseph
Melissa Weyand, Sr., OH/MB, Kenosha, Wis./Indian Trail
Cailey Jeske, Jr., MB/RS, Belgium, Wis./Cedar Grove-Belgium
Alyssa Reinke, Jr., L/DS, Racine, Wis./Oak Creek
Marissa Kazik, So., DS, Oak Creek, Wis./ St. Thomas More
Sam Korn, So., S, Westby, Wis./Westby
Kaylee Leslie, So., OH/MB, Racine, Wis./Washington Park/Westminster College (Mo.)
Lexi Haines, Fr., OH/DS, New Berlin, Wis./Eisenhower
Morgan Lemner, Fr., L/DS, Savage, Minn./Prior Lake
Atiya Mansfield, Fr., S, Minneapolis, Minn./Southwest
Neilee Newton, Fr., OH/DS, St. Martinville, La./Westminster Christian
Arianna Rehberg, Fr., RS, Hales Corners, Wis./Whitnall
Lauryn Young, Fr., MB/RS, Milwaukee, Wis./Messmer
2017 Season Opener: Friday, September 1 vs. Mount Mary University
2017 NACC Preseason Poll: Picked 11th
2016 Record: 3-25, 1-10 NACC (11th)