“She is a great player that brings great team spirit,” Nance said. “She keeps us organized, is very vocal, and she’s the most athletic goalkeeper in the state.”
With its deep roster and flexibility, Avon hasn’t started the same lineup twice in the state tournament. Ball State-commit Brooklynn Guerrettaz, Bailee Storms, Marissa McDowell, Alex Kimes, Heily Blacha, Miranda Ricks, Aspen Weyenberg, Sierra Weyenberg, Kayli Katterheinrich, Teagan Vonderheit, and Emily Unison are all part of the Orioles’ versatile rotation.
“It’s definitely the most well-rounded team we’ve had,” said Nance, who’s in his fourth year as head coach. “The girls are always ready when their time comes.”
With one more game left, the group wants to claim its place in school and state history.
“We’ve had great regular seasons here before, but postseason hasn’t gone the way we wanted,” Nance said. “They got sick of that and wanted to go farther. Now they’re there, and they want that championship.”