Panthers have pieces to build with

CHASSELL – The Chassell Panthers have more than a few tools to build a successful season in 2013.

Chief among them is size. Chassell will be able to put up a block with two returning seniors close to the six-foot mark in Maddie Huhta and Ann Ruohonen. And on the outside, two more seniors with good athleticism in Shelby Seppanen and Kirsten Daavettila.

All four made significant contributions in a losing effort in Tuesday’s season opener at Hancock.

As for the defense, that’s a work in progress for the Panthers.

“I think we’re just hesitant right now. That could be a problem if you can’t fix it and we’re not moving our feet. With our girls, being quick, I think we’re a lot quicker than some other teams and we can be, so hopefully we get them fixing things and digging up balls,” coach Gael Filpus said.

Key back row contributors include junior libero Karli Michaels, who had a team co-leading 10 digs Tuesday, as well as senior Sara Kilpela and senior Katrina Kangas, both listed as right-side hitters.

Another area the Panthers are still working on is at the setter position. Sophomore Lindsey Johnson is being groomed to lead the offense, but still has an apprenticeship to serve.

“I think she can do it, but she’s just young right now,” Filpus said.

Completing the roster are juniors Marti Warren, Amanda Mattila and Paris Puuri.