(Imperial) Few teams in the area have been as dominant on the volleyball court over the last 3 seasons than the Windsor Owls. A fourth-place finish in the state in 2019 kicked off a run of 66 wins, including a 27-4-3 campaign last year. But there has not been a district title for the Owls since that Final 4 run, so finishing the job is priority number one for head coach Stephany Dueker-Richmond.
Defense has been Windsor’s calling card. Katie Moore was a force of nature at libero last season. The now-senior’s 366 digs and 345 serve receptions were just a few of the reasons that she was voted the JCAA Large-School Division Player of the Year. Losing fellow back-row star Grace Lowery would hurt most teams, as she piled up 265 digs and a team-high 71 serving aces. But Dueker-Richmond says the Owls are a deep defensive squad.
Senior middle hitter Emma Lawson will also prove to be a force at the net after posting 49 blocks last year. Lawson also finished with 157 kills, one of 5 Windsor players to put up at least 90 kills in 2021. While senior Lexi Menne is likely to attract alot of attention after a team-high 246 kills last season, Dueker-Richmond says every Owl attacker is someone to reckon with.
Senior Madison Williams returns at setter after missing the home stretch of last season with an injury, and there is young talent waiting to emerge and leave their mark at Windsor. The pieces all seem to be in place for a return to postseason glory, and Dueker-Richmond says that’s the standard the Owls are holding themselves to.
The Owls open the 2022 volleyball season by hosting the annual Wagner-Moore Invitational.
Windsor Volleyball Season Preview Interview