A tiger by nature, waits quietly to attack, picking the precise moment for its eventual kill. However in Marshall, Minn. these cool cats do things a bit differently. Ranked No.1 in class AA and coming off a state title, they're happy to bring the action right to their soon to be prey.
"We like feeling like everyone is going to give us their best, it helps us raise our game," junior libero Hannah Bennett said.
With five starters back from last year's team including DI prospects, juniors Kenzie Beekman and Sydney Griffin, expect Marshall to roar once more in 2012.
"Our team is deep and we expect to make a big run this year," Grifin said. "Coach Westby expects us to be the best and so do we."
Just one look at the rafters makes it clear, these lofty goals have been here for quite some time.
"We have been to 11 straight title games," Coach Dan Westby said. "Our town grows up not knowing anything else. Some of these kids wil go to four state tournaments, which is pretty amazing.
An impressive feat for the small Minnesota town of less than 15000, which was recently ranked as the 59th best high school program in America.
"It's pretty cool for the little town to get this kind of respect," senior setter Maci Louwagie said.
However make no mistake, they've earned it.
"We're blessed to have a group of girls that works hard and shows up in the summer ready to do what is asked," Westby said.
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