ODELL, NE — With fall sports practice starting next week, one volleyball powerhouse in southeast Nebraska is ready to go back to work.

Diller-Odell will be looking for its fifth straight state tourney appearance in 2022. Making it to the end of that road isn't uncommon either. The griffins won it all in 2019 and 2020.

Head coach Reba Hestermann details how her team can get back there.

"I think a big thing I want to get into these girls' heads this year is that we have to have goals along the way to get to our goal," Hestermann said. "We're not just going to get to state, we have to have milestones in the season of checkpoints we want to accomplish.

Diller-Odell lost in the first round of last year's state tournament.

Heading into her senior year, Karli Heidemann is expected to be a leader from her outside hitter position. Her older sister Addison now plays at Iowa State and was in the same position just a couple seasons ago.

"Obvisously, she's kind of been down the same path through high school and she's been giving me advice like going into your senior year, you're a designated leader and you have to step up into that leadership role," Heidemann said.

In addition to taking on a senior leader role, Karli is also ready to get back on the court after a knee injury cut her last season short.

"It was very upsetting to me," Heidemann said. "Just a very hard thing to overcome so going through recovery, it was just knowing the end goal was to get back to play with these girls that I've grown up, to play for this program and for future years too."

Hestermann says having Karli fully healthy is key for the Griffins.

"Karli's done a great job this season and this summer so far of stepping up and being a leader and trying to keep that culture of what we want in our program to be successsful," Hestermann said. 

Practices officially begin for fall sports Monday, August 8th.