We are just a couple of weeks into the prep volleyball season but already the Logan Rangers have emerged as the surprise story of the season.
The Rangers have already won more games in the MVC than in the last two seasons combined.
Head coach Jessa Ellenbecker took over the program three seasons ago and they went 0-12 in conference.
But Logan is off to a 3-0 start and is 7-3 overall.
After taking their lumps in Ellenbecker’s first season, the Rangers are a different program now.
"There was a spark that went off this summer and the girls decided that this was it. They had an outstanding turnout all summer and our seniors have done a great job of taking leadership. We have a strong junior class as well that are working with them. They just kind of decided it was time. We’re turning the program around," Ellenbecker said.
"It’s been very exciting because I’ve been really looking forward to a winning season. We haven’t had that in my past years at Logan. So it’s just very exciting to be able to win and we’re capable of doing such a thing," said senior Sydnie Adams.
Leading the way is junior hitter Marissa Klemen.
Klemen has verbally committed to play at UW-Milwaukee.
She’s part of a team that returns 12 players from last year.
"We’re just having fun with it, trying to find new ways to be successful, changing our mindset. We’re communicating a lot on the court. That’s been a big part of our success and just knowing we can win," said Klemen.
"Marissa is extremely powerful for our team. Our team together is still trying to figure out how to use her and really working to take their strengths and add them to all that Marissa has to offer for us,’ said Ellenbecker.
Logan will try to continue their winning ways when they head to Holmen Thursday night.