Two years ago, Dorchester's Lady Longhorns finished their 2014 volleyball season at 8-21. It was a "building year," according to insiders.
Last year, DHS improved to 16-14 and was tough in Class D-2.
This year, there are higher expectations, with six seniors and many returning sophomores and juniors, along with talented freshmen, donning the orange and black -- representing their school.
Bottom line: It appears the mighty DHS will field a very competitive volleyball team in 2016.
Dorchester's new season will get underway this week, with a triangular at Palmyra on Thursday, Sept. 1, as the Lady Longhorns take on Class C-2 Palmyra and Class D-1 Weeping Water.
The Lady Longhorns are looking to forge a culture of winning traditions under fourth-year head coach Ty Peteranetz and very capable assistant coaches.
Coach Peteranetz is a self-described "transplanted, Colorado-born Husker fan" who moved to Nebraska in 2011 after 30 years in Colorado to be a volleyball coach. He teaches Dorchester's fourth grade.
Insiders with local media ties say to look for DHS to be a real threat this season.
Here's a look at this year's DHS volleyball schedule:
DORCHESTER VOLLEYBALL 2016
09/01/16 Weeping Water -- Triangular (host: Palmyra)
09/06/16 Parkview Christian -- Triangular (host: Dorchester)
09/06/16 College View Academy -- Triangular (host: Dorchester)
09/08/16 Giltner -- Triangular (host: Dorchester)
09/08/16 Hampton -- Triangular (host: Dorchester)
09/15/16 @ Friend D1
09/17-09/17 (To Be Determined) -- BDS Tournament (w/ 4 Teams) Shickley
09/22/16 Shelby/Rising City -- Triangular (host: Dorchester)
09/22/16 High Plains Community -- Triangular (host: Dorchester)
09/24-09/24 (To Be Determined) -- Nebraska Lutheran Tournament (w/ 4 Teams) Waco
09/27/16 @ Sterling
09/29/16 Meridian -- Triangular (host: Meridian)
09/29/16 Diller-Odell -- Triangular (host: Meridian)
10/06/16 Cross County -- Triangular (host: Exeter-Milligan)
10/06/16 Exeter-Milligan -- Triangular (host: Exeter-Milligan)
10/11/16 McCool Junction -- Triangular (host: BDS)
10/11/16 BDS -- Triangular (host: BDS)
10/15-10/18 (To Be Determined) -- Crossroads Conference Tournament (2/3-Day) York
10/20/16 East Butler
10/25/16 Tri County
10/28/16 @ Nebraska Lutheran