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Northland coaches adjust to new normal of volleyball in the spring

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DULUTH, MN-- A whirlwind of emotions after the MSHSL decided to move the volleyball season to the spring.

Some were shocked.

"I was a bit surprised, I guess I wasn't really following closely but I never heard Minnesota was even considering moving to spring," said Denfeld head coach Pete Stasiuk.

And some were relieved.

"I was excited about it because I think it gives us the best chance of having a full season," added East head coach Nikoli Wiens.

At this point, the season is expected to start in mid-March, with some changes like possibly a shorter season.

But there are still some more questions to be answered.

"What's going to happen with the off-season programs, the club programs, the club season that goes on. So there's a lot of that," said Stasiuk.

A decision even his own players will have to make.

"We should be able to figure it out to play both but it will definitely be something different to try to figure out but it will keep us busy especially with it being senior year," said Denfeld senior Alli Ahlers.

On top of that, comes the risk of injury with the new four seasons being so close together.

"It's going to be a struggle to manage all of those schedules. It's going to be back to back to back, so there's going to be concerns of repetitive stress injuries and stuff like that," said Wiens.

But like everything else, health remains key.

"We're going to have to make sure we're doing everything we can to keep those athletes safe," added Wiens.

Wiens also said he has heard talk of an 11-game schedule but that has yet to be determined.

Neil Vierzba

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