Expectations High for 2020 Cardinal Volleyball Team

by Gina Langston, Editor/Publisher

The Miller Lady Cardinals are setting up for another winning season. With hopes of being at the top of the Southwest Conference and making it deep in the playoffs despite no senior players on their roster.

Returning five all-conference players from a district championship winning squad (winning 27 matches), there are plenty of leaders returning to the court. Junior Alli Mitchell was named the Southwest Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore and brings with her an entourage of skilled hitters and defensive players.

“These girls have grit and determination. We are going to play one point at a time. Hopefully reach our end goalie a deep run in the postseason, “ says veteran Coach Tamra Landers.

Four other returning all-conference players Kaylee Helton, Claudia Hadlock, Ashten Kingsley and Haylie Schnake were leading hitters last season. Helton has started to develop as a power hitter and is able to hit from every position on the court. Hadlock is a smart player able to pick a defense apart from every spot on the front row. A. Kinglsey provides a defensive threat with her block with a 6’2” advantage, and Schnake is an offensive threat in every hitting position.

Other returning players that will make an impact include sophomore Addison Stockton at Libero, sophomore middle blocker Emberlynn Kingsley and sophomore outside hitter Alyssa Hill.

“Super proud of the girls and the work they put in over the summer. They bring a high level of intensity every single day to practice and push each other to be better.  Praying that we get in a full season!” Says Coach Landers.

Sophomores Lily Ricketts, Madison Ragsdale, Amanda Gayton, and freshman Jordan Bradley will round out the team this year.

Miller was scheduled to host a jamboree this preseason but it was canceled.

Lady Cardinal Volleyball


8/29 Verona Invitational

9/1 Spokane

9/10 Billings

9/15 Fair Grove

9/22 Verona

9/24 at Hurley

9/29 at Sarcoxie

10/1 Marionville

10/3 Mt. Vernon Varsity Tournament

10/5 New Convenant Acad.

10/6 at Ash Grove

10/8 Diamond

10/13 at Lockwood

10/15 at Pleasant Hope

10/17 Sparta Volleyball Invitational

10/19 East Newton

10/20 at Clever

10/22 at Greenfield