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Another high school volleyball season has begun and once again the region is stocked with highly talented teams looking for conference and tournament glory.

So, before the schedule really heats up, letís take a look at some questions facing the areaís volleyball communities for the 2010 season.

How will Lima Senior follow up its 19-5 performance last year?

The Spartans return just one letterwinner, junior setter Morgan Thompson, so obviously the varsity crew isnít varsity tested.

However, Lima Seniorís players learned how to win a year ago and they have plenty of young talent to work with. Along with that is the motivation to win the Greater Buckeye Conference in their final season before heading into a new conference next season.

Can Columbus Grove win two league crowns?

The Bulldogs certainly have the potential to win the Putnam County League and the Northwest Conference before making a deep run into the postseason.

From last yearís 22-4 campaign, which included a PCL title and taking third in the NWC, Grove returns five letterwinners led by seniors Stephanie Etzkorn, Emily Karhoff and Rachael Stechschulte.

But it certainly wonít be easy. The PCL especially will be incredibly tough.

Kalida is tough as nails once again with a full cupboard of veterans back from last yearís 17-6 season. Ottoville is also talented and experienced while Miller City, Leipsic and Pandora-Gilboa can hold their own.

In the NWC, Delphos Jefferson turned in a dominating season last year, finishing 20-2. However, the Wildcats return just two letterwinners, Bridget Culp and Kristin Klausing, and have a new coach in April Merschman. With six letterwinners returning, Crestview will be a force to be reckoned with while Bluffton and Spencerville could make some noise.

Can anyone knock off Celina for the WBL banner?

In 34 seasons, Celinaís volleyball team has won 17 Western Buckeye League titles. Last year, the Bulldogs went 9-0 with Ottawa-Glandorf finishing 8-1 and Van Wert following at 7-2.

This year? Celina lost top hitter Cenzie Yoder, now at Ohio Northern, but returns seven letterwinners including the hitting combo of seniors Erin Dorsten and Morgan Weininger.

The Bulldogs will be tough to topple. However, Ottawa-Glandorf potentially could dethrone the champs. The Titans return six senior letterwinners and eight letterwinners overall. So long as they can overcome the loss of powerhitter Samantha Maag (torn ACL), O-G should be looking at a stellar season. Van Wert and Wapakoneta are a couple sleepers to watch out for.

Can Marion Local win a remarkable fourth-straight state title?

Well, why not?

The Flyers smashed through their schedule last year (28-0 overall, 9-0 in the Midwest Athletic Conference) and bring back a ridiculous 10 letterwinners from their championship run. Seven of those letterwinners are seniors, including hitters Alyssa Winner, Casey Heitkamp, Kaylee Schaefer, setter Stacey Huber and libero Alyse Bergman, a third team All-Ohioan a year ago.

Until someone knocks them off, thereís no reason to doubt the dynasty will continue.

Note: Capsule information was supplied by the coaches. Teams not listed did not send back their information by the deadline.


Lima Senior

Coach: John Zell

Years, career record: N/A

Division: I

Last yearís record: 19-5 overall (second in Greater Buckeye Conference)

Returning letterwinners: 1

Top returning players: Morgan Thompson (Jr., setter)

Promising newcomers: Jazmine Thomas (Jr., middle hitter), Cannon Uncaphor (Sr., libero), Nikki Priddy (Sr., outside hitter)

Outlook: The Spartans turned in a stellar season a year ago but were hit hard by graduation. Thompson returns as the teamís lone letterwinner from last year, but sheís a good one and she plays the key position of setter. Thompson will be in command of Lima Seniorís inexperienced offense. However, coach Zell is hoping fierce competition for varsity spots will make the team better. The Spartans are also looking to improve serve reception and team defense.

Western Buckeye League


Coach: Jody Benda

Years, career record: Second season at Bath, 152-57 (came to Bath from Columbus Grove)

Division: II

Last yearís record: 5-8 overall (seventh in WBL)

Returning letterwinners: Alyssa Brandon (Sr., hitter/middle back), Liz Brock (Jr., hitter/middle back), Madison Clark (Jr., setter/hitter), Camille Martin (Soph., setter/hitter), Marianne Deppe (Jr., hitter/outside back), Amber Dickerson (Soph., libero/defensive specialist)

Promising newcomers: Jessica Johns (Jr., hitter/middle back), Brittani Ruble (Jr., defensive specialist/libero), Bria Clark (Soph., setter/defensive specialist), Jasmine Trimble (Soph., hitter/defensive specialist), Audrey Brandon (Fr., hitter/outside back), Kristen Davis (Fr., hitter/middle back)

Outlook: The Wildcats are still a work in progress and will be very young once again. However, according to Benda the team has improved fundamentally and understands the game better.


Coach: Carolyn Dammeyer

Years, career record: NA, 267-126 career record

Division: II

Last yearís record: 21-6 overall (9-0 WBL champions)

Returning letterwinners: 7

Top returning players: Erin Dorsten (Sr., middle hitter), Morgan Weininger (Sr., outside hitter), Abbey Zacharias (Sr., defensive specialist), Anna Stammen (Jr., hitter/defense), Kiernon Koontz (Jr., libero), Sara Homan (Jr., outside hitter), Tara Staugler (Jr., setter/defense), Angie Fisher (Jr., setter), Lizz Carr (Jr., middle hitter)

Promising newcomers: Zoe Kriegel (Jr., hitter)

Outlook: Once again, Celina will be a very strong team after winning the WBL and a district title a year ago. The Bulldogs will run a strong offense and does a good job of serving to holes on the court, according to Dammeyer, but is still working on intensity, serve reception and defense. Celina has a loaded schedule with MAC and WBL squads.


Coach: Brooke Buti

Years, career record: Third season, 24-25

Division: II

Last yearís record: 10-14 overall (3-6 WBL)

Returning letterwinners: Betsy Lawson (Jr., outside hitter), Demma Strausbaugh (Soph., outside hitter), Natalie Maxey (Sr., defensive specialist)

Promising newcomers: NA

Outlook: With only three returning letterwinners, the Bulldogs are a young group.


Coach: Kevin King

Years, career record: Third season, 17-49

Division: II

Last yearís record: 4-9 overall (ninth in WBL)

Returning letterwinners: Stacy Alexander (Sr., outside hitter), Amber Saddler (Sr., middle hitter), Katrina Meeks (Jr., outside hitter), Kelsey Smith (Jr., setter), Natalie Mason (Jr., defensive specialist), Lauren Kahle (Sr., defensive specialist)

Promising newcomers: Alex Hambleton (Jr., libero), Torie McAdams (ninth, middle hitter)

Outlook: The Bulldogs return a solid group of veterans who are looking to compete well in the WBL. According to King, Elida is aggressive at the net on offense and defense but has to do a better job of seeing the floor in transition.


Coach: Meghan Smith

Years, career record: Second season, 4-19

Division: II

Last yearís record: 4-18 overall (0-9 WBL)

Returning letterwinners: Sara Price (Sr., outside/middle hitter), McKenzie Butterman (Sr., outside/middle hitter), Courtney Althouse (Sr., right), Kaley Donnelly (Sr., setter), Gwen Donning (Soph., outside hitter, defensive specialist)

Promising newcomers: Kaily Whitaker (Soph., middle), Brooke Bostelman (Fr., middle), Alaina Krueger (Jr., libero/defensive specialist)

Outlook: Smith believes her team is more balanced this year and has the ability to improve on last yearís record. The Wildcats need to strengthen their attack and defense.


Coach: Ann Ellerbrock

Years, career record: 12th season, 220-59

Division: II

Last yearís record: 17-8 overall (8-1 WBL)

Returning letterwinners: Hannah Kaufman (Sr., libero), Melissa Verhoff (Sr., outside), Sara Basinger (Sr., outside/setter), Carrie Kaufman (Sr., defensive specialist), Shannon Roof (Sr., middle), Kari Schroeder (Sr., right side), Jill Recker (Jr., middle), Kelley Selhorst (Soph., setter)

Promising newcomers: Michelle Ruhe (Jr., middle), Constance Letso (Jr., outside)

Outlook: With a veteran team that boasts great team chemistry, the Titans could contend for the WBL crown. According to Ellerbrock, O-G serves and blocks well. However, the team lost outside hitter Samantha Maag to a torn ACL and has a young setter in Selhorst.


Coach: Amy Knight

Years, career record: First season

Division: II

Last yearís record: 12-10 overall (4-5 WBL)

Returning letterwinners: Samantha Rex (Sr., outside hitter), Maddie Virostek (Sr., setter), Cassie Grzybowski (Sr., libero), Lindsey Hall (Sr., outside hitter), Andrea Feicht (Sr., outside hitter), Hannah Jacobs (Jr., middle hitter), Bethany Pohjala (Soph., middle hitter)

Promising newcomers: NA

Outlook: Knight inherits a dedicated and enthusiastic squad that continues to improve in all areas of the game.

St. Marys

Coach: Tricia Rosenbeck

Years, career record: Sixth season, 34-83

Division: II

Last Yearís Record: 10-14

Returning Letterwinners: Kaitlyn McBride, Katie Elsass, Rachel Wale, Jenny Brown, Joni Brown, Kiley Schamp, Haley Hicks, Cierra Anderson

Promixing Newcomers: Lexi Roop, Taylor Miller, Marie Bertke

Outlook: The Roughriders bring back many letterwinners who saw playing time a year ago. Rosenbeck is hoping that experience will give her squad confidence headed into the season. St. Marys hopes to combine last yearís strong defensive effort with new offensive threats this season.

Van Wert

Coach: Jenny Ainsworth

Years, career record: Third season, 26-22

Division: II

Last yearís record: 12-12, 7-2 WBL

Returning letterwinners: Raegan Baxter (Sr.), Katey Gamble (Sr.), Molly Gamble (Jr.)

Promising newcomers: Morgan Smelser (Sr.), Ericca Lehman (Sr.), Danielle Hitchcock (Jr.), Maggie Allmandinger (Soph.), Millie Murphy (Soph.), Claire Gamble (Fr.)

Outlook: The Cougars are well-balanced and have many players who can play numerous positions, according to Ainsworth. With all the versatility, Van Wert may have the potential for various lineups and that could prove beneficial.


Coach: Keith Rambin

Years, career record: First season

Division: II

Last yearís record: NA

Returning letterwinners: Taylor Rupert (Sr., middle hitter), Emily Henderson (Sr., outside hitter), Nikki Wietz (Sr., outside hitter), Serena Foor (Sr., setter), Megan Defenbaugh (Sr., defensive specialist), Morgan Quellhorst (Jr., outside hitter), Krissy Steinbaugh (Jr., middle hitter)

Promising newcomers: Amber Steinke (Sr., defensive specialist), Nicole Brown (Soph., setter), Megan Hazelett (Soph., outside hitter), Carli Sammons (Soph., outside hitter), Marci Grothouse (Jr., setter)

Outlook: Rambin expects his Redskins to be competitive with a lot of tall, hitters. Wapakoneta boasts seven strong hitters, five of whom are 5-foot-10 or taller, giving the squad plenty of options offensively.

Northwest Conference


Coach: Brittany Insley

Years, career record: First season

Division: IV

Last yearís record: 14-7 overall

Returning letterwinners: Moriah Rouch (Sr., outside hitter), Kenzie Fell (Jr., middle hitter), Tabi Jolliff (Jr., outside hitter), Lindsay Simmons (Jr., libero), Taylor McInturf (Sr., right side hitter)

Promising newcomers: Taylor Willeke (Soph., middle hitter)

Allen East

Coach: Penny Yetman

Years, career record: Third season

Division: IV

Last yearís record: 5-18 overall

Returning letterwinners: Kayla Crow (Sr., middle hitter), Erin Morman (Sr., outside hitter), Leah Roberson (Sr., setter), Danielle Quintero (Sr., setter), Haley Schafer (Sr., defensive specialist), Angeleca Truex (Sr., outside hitter)

Promising newcomers: Katrina Wireman (Soph., outside hitter), Kaylee Rowe (Fr., middle hitter), Eliza Laing (Soph., outside hitter)

Outlook: Yetman hopes that six returning seniors should boost the squad, which is looking to finish in the top half of the NWC.


Coach: Julie Hieronimus

Years, career record: NA

Division: IV

Last yearís record: 12-11 overall

Returning letterwinners: Alaina Bixel (Jr., outside hitter), Lindsey Buettner (Jr., outside hitter), Emily Buroker (Sr., setter), Jenna Buroker (Jr., libero), Shannon McKamey (Sr., defensive specialist), Shannon McKamey (Sr., defensive specialist), Brittany Schroeder (Sr., defensive specialist), Emily Wenger (Sr., middle hitter), Mariah Welch (Sr., middle hitter)

Promising newcomers: Paige Buroker (Fr., hitter)

Outlook: The Pirates are a balanced squad overall that is working on serving more aggressively. Experience is a strength as the team returns many veterans.


Coach: Tammy Gregory

Years, career record: Fifth season, 61-36

Division: IV

Last yearís record: NA

Returning letterwinners: 6

Returning starters: Jessica Burger (Sr., outside hitter), Taylor Hamrick (defensive specialist), Danica Hicks (Jr., setter/outside hitter), Taylor Springer (Jr., middle hitter, setter, outside hitter), Holly Genth (Jr., libero/defense/hitter), McKenzie Nofer (Jr., outside hitter/middle back)

Promising newcomers: Mekale Clifton (Soph., middle back/outside hitter), Brittany Helt (Soph., libero/defensive specialist), Kirstin Hicks (Fr., outside hitter/middle back), Sammi Schneider (Sr., middle back)

Outlook: Gregory believes the Knights will be very competitive once again this season and shoot for the top of a highly competitive NWC. Team chemistry is a big plus heading into the season but the players will have to work hard because they donít have a ton of height to defend the big hitters.

Delphos Jefferson

Coach: April Merschman

Years, career record: First season

Division: IV

Last Yearís Record: 20-2 overall

Returning Letterwinners: Bridget Culp (Sr.), Kristin Klausing (Sr.)

Promising Newcomers: Morgan Fischbach, Amanda Hamilton, Lauren Claypool, Shelbi Brown, Melissa Shobe

Outlook:†Delphos Jefferson returns an experienced team and is focused on winning the NWC, according to Merschman. The team will be looking for some players to step into action and be key contributors right away. The program will also have a freshman team for the first time, which could pay off this year with some good athletes who could be capable of moving right up.

Lima Central Catholic

Coach: Wes Horstman

Years, career record: Second year, 13-9

Division: III

Last Yearís Record: 13-9 overall

Returning Letterwinners: 5

Top Returning Players: Kylie Schroeder (Sr., defensive specialist), Madison George (Jr., setter), Tylyn Taylor (Jr., left side), Kathryn Ferry (Jr., left side)

Promising Newcomers: Sarah Pajka (sophomore, right side), Molly Clements (Soph., middle hitter)

Outlook: The Thunderbirds are very young this season with many first-year varsity players. According to Horstman, mixing the new players with the old ones will be the key to the season.


Coach: Todd Harmon

Years, career record: Eighth season, 78-47

Division: III

Last yearís record: 7-13 overall

Returning letterwinners: Rachel Razo (Sr., setter), Ashley Meyers (Sr., outside hitter), Jessica Farr (Jr., middle front), Kristen Beck (Jr., middle front), Kayla Owens (Jr., libero), Mesa Pracht (Jr., setter)

Promising newcomers: Nicole Gebers (Sr., outside hitter), Hayley Clellan (Sr., outside hitter)

Outlook: Harmon believes his squad can be successful this season because the players are working hard to execute their roles and become a more proficient team.


Coach: Meghan Mohr

Years, career record: First season

Division: II

Last yearís record: 10-12 (4-5 NWC)

Returning letterwinners: Ashley Hook, Brittany Kill, Taylor Elchert, Shanna German, Devan Hanjora

Promising newcomers: Morgan Pugh, Alicia Ball

Outlook: According to Mohr, itís a new year and the Bearcats will have a new look and a new attitude. Spencerville has changed things up and is looking forward to improving on last yearís record.

Putnam County League

Columbus Grove

Coach: Kelly Lepley

Years, career record: Second season, 22-4

Division: IV

Last yearís record: 22-4 overall (PCL champs, third place NWC)

Returning letterwinners: Stephanie Etzkorn (Sr., outside hitter), Emily Karhoff (Sr., libero), Rachael Stechschulte (Sr., setter/right side), Anna Ricker (Jr., middle hitter), Nicole Langhals (Jr., setter)

Promising newcomers: Kelsey Fruchey (Sr., outside/defensive specialist), Lisa Wynn (Jr., middle hitter), Riley Eversole (Jr., outside/right-side hitter), Nicole Stechschulte (Jr., outside/right-side hitter), Allison Stechschulte (Sr., right-side hitter)

Outlook: Columbus Grove is poised for a strong season. With a boatload of talented veterans back, the Bulldogs know how to get it done on the court. They are a strong defensive and blocking team, according to Lepley, and work well as a team. Grove is working on creating balance to spread out the offense.


Coach: Jaaci Carr

Years, career record: First season

Division: IV

Last yearís record: Did not have a varsity team because of lack of numbers.

Returning letterwinners: Erin Weisenburger (Sr., middle hitter)

Promising newcomers: Stephanie Burke (Sr., middle hitter), Alex Luttfring (Sr., setter)

Outlook: Continental is rebuilding this season after playing a 10-game JV schedule last year. However, the team does bring in a good group of seniors who should provide leadership for the younger players.


Coach: Jeremy Stober

Years, career record: 13th season, 191-84

Division: IV

Last yearís record: 17-6 (4-1 PCL)

Returning letterwinners: Emily Turnwald (Sr., setter/outside hitter), Halie Zenz (Jr., setter/outside hitter), Haley McIntyre (Jr., middle hitter), Brandi Merschman (Jr., right and middle hitter)

Promising newcomers: Jill Wehri (Sr., right and outside hitter), Christy Ellerbrock (Sr., defensive specialist), Julia Vandemark (Soph., defensive specialist), Kayla Siefker (Fr., outside hitter)

Outlook: Kalida lost six players to graduation after leading the squad to last yearís regional tournament. The Wildcats return seven seniors overall and have plenty of depth and talent overall. Though the team is largely new at the varsity level, Stober expects his team to gradually get better as the season evolves and to compete in a very tough and balanced PCL.


Coach: Chelsea Rogers

Years, career record: First year

Division: IV

Last yearís record: 9-13 overall

Returning letterwinners: Aly Brecht (Sr., right side), Ashley Rieman (Jr., middle hitter), Molly Ellerbrock (Jr., defensive specialist/outside hitter), Olivia Brown (Sr., defensive specialist), Erin Schroeder (Sr., right side)

Promising newcomers: Emily Gerten (Jr., setter/outside hitter), Lyndsay Krinke (Jr., outside hitter), Haley Gerten (Fr., outside hitter), Liz Inkrott (Jr., defensive specialist), Amber Gerdeman (Fr., middle hitter)

Outlook: The Vikings are well-rounded and have depth at every position, according to Rogers. Leipsic hopes to be competitive in both the PCL and Blanchard Valley Conference and wants to double their win production.

Miller City

Coach: Cliff Koenig

Years, career record: Seventh, 49-89

Division: IV

Last yearís record: 5-19 (O-6 PCL)

Returning letterwinners: Kara Vennekotter (Sr., middle hitter), Sarah Carpenter (Sr., outside hitter), Mindy Riepenhoff (Sr., defensive specialist), Olivia Rump (Sr., defensive specialist), Emily Doster (Jr., setter), Ali Lammers (Jr., libero), Courtney Niese (Jr., outside hitter), Toni Steffen (Jr., middle hitter)

Promising newcomers: Samantha Michel (Jr., setter/defensive specialist), Taylor Niese (Jr., middle hitter), Bailey Dangler (Soph., backside hitter)

Outlook: With five returning starters and eight letterwinners back, Miller City has reason for optimism. Steffen and Courtney Niese had more than 100 kills last year while Carpenter and Vennekotter were productive on offense as well. Doster is a strong setter who had 152 assists a year ago.


Coach: Susan Jones

Years, career record: Third season, 24-21

Division: IV

Last yearís record: 13-9 overall (2-3 PCL)

Returning letterwinners: Bridget Miller (Sr., defensive specialist), Jamie Rieger (Sr., defensive specialist/outside hitter), Gayle Rayman (Sr., rightside hitter), Tasha Kaufman (Sr., setter/outside hitter), Megan Bendele (Jr., middle)

Promising newcomers: Tonya Kaufman (Fr., outside hitter/setter), Abby Siefker (Sr., middle)

Outlook: Tasha Kaufman and Bendele return after starting a year ago and should provide Ottoville with experience. The Big Green will be aggressive, according to Jones, and will have no problem attacking the net with a big front row.

Northwest Central Conference


Coach: Gina Shively

Years, career record: Fifth season (25-61)

Division: IV

Last yearís record: 10-12 overall (fourth in NWCC)

Returning letterwinners: 6

Top returning players: Megan Patton (Sr., setter), Abbie Patton (soph., outside hitter), Olivia Hinds (Sr., middle hitter), Teysha Upshaw (Jr., middle hitter), Haley King (soph., outside hitter), Chelsie Lauck (Sr., right side hitter)

Promising newcomers: Karlie McKinley (Jr., libero)

Outlook: The Commodores return a lot ton of experience, highlighted by returning starters Megan Patton, Abbie Patton, Hinds and Upshaw. According to Shively, her squad is very quick and aggressive with a strong defense and the ability to serve well.


Coach: Kim Bailey

Years, career record: NA

Division: IV

Last yearís record: 4-5 overall (2-5 in NWCC)

Returning letterwinners: Courtney Cobb (Sr., utility), Morgann Mercer (Sr., setter), Amber Pemberton (Sr., back row), Malana Ledley (Sr., middle hitter), Haley Miller (Sr., back row), Raechel Lautenschlager (Sr., utility), Cierra James (Jr., utility), Grace Poeppelman (Jr., utility)

Promising newcomers: Megan Grimes (Sr., outside hitter), Whitney Arseneau (Soph., utility)

Outlook: The Golden Gophers have players in new positions, are working on new rotations and new drills and are hoping the changes pay off. Bailey believes she has a good group of girls willing to work and play as a team.

Temple Christian

Coach: Darcy DeLeon

Years, career record: Second season, 6-13

Division: IV

Last yearís record: 6-13 overall (fifth in NWCC)

Returning letterwinners: 6

Top returning players: Loren Crawford (Sr., outside hitter), Emily Lugibihl (Sr., defensive specialist), Angie Link (Jr., middle hitter), Adrian Anaya (Jr., defensive specialist), Abbey Recker (Jr., libero), Lindsay Wofzig (Soph., middle)

Promising newcomers: Samantha Metzger (Sr., right-side hitter), Lydia DeLeon (Jr., outside hitter), Alayna DeLeon (Fr., setter/right-side hitter), Amanda Sutton (Fr., setter/right-side hitter)

Outlook: According to coach DeLeon, the Pioneers return plenty of talent and area hustling, attacking crew. The squad is still working to gel as a team.

Upper Scioto Valley

Coach: Paula Rose

Years, career record: First season

Division: IV

Last yearís record: 3-15 overall (1-6 NWCC)

Returning letterwinners: Mikayla Coburn (Sr., outside hitter), Ginnie Critten (Sr., middle hitter), Kayla Prater (Jr., outside hitter/middle hitter), Aspen Rose (Soph., middle hitter), Maura Griesheimer (Soph., outside hitter), Kiley Beale (Jr., middle back)

Promising newcomers: Ali Goldsmith (Soph., outside hitter), Morgan Hunsicker (Jr., setter)

Outlook: Hitting and blocking will be a strength for the team while the Rams are still working on serving consistency and accurate passes.


Coach: Karen Dunson

Years, career record: Fifth season, 22-58

Division: IV

Last yearís record: 10-10 overall (5-2 NWCC)

Returning letterwinners: Hannah VanHorn (Sr., middle hitter), Hailey Whitaker (Sr., libero), Jackie Horn (Sr., hitter), Alyssa Dyer (Jr., setter), Jessica Riemesch (Jr., rightside hitter), Jennifer Keiser (Jr., outside hitter), Kaylee Patton (Soph., middle hitter), Bailey Collins (Soph., outside hitter)

Promising newcomers: NA

Outlook: The Tigers return a strong crew that gained experience from last yearís sectional champion team. According to Dunson, VanHorn and Riemesch are working well with setter Dyer, who is a strong setter. Patton and Collins also give the team two very promising hitters. The back row is also improved with Whitaker playing nice defense.

Midwest Athletic Conference


Coach: Mike Etzler

Years, career record: First season

Division: III

Last yearís record: 14-9 overall

Returning letterwinners: Bethany Werling (outside hitter), Brittanie Niekamp (middle back)

Promising newcomers: Macy Reigelsperger (middle back), Erika Hartings (outside hitter), Jamie Bills (defensive specialist)

Outlook: Etzlerís squad plans to finish in the thick of the MAC pack and make a deep run come tournament time.

Delphos St. Johnís

Coach: Kellie Sterling

Years, career record: Second season, 10-13

Division: IV

Last yearís record: 10-13 overall (1-8 MAC)

Returning letterwinners: Tiffany Geise (Sr., outside hitter), Katie Wallenhorst (Sr., setter), Gabby Metzner (Sr., right-side hitter), Shelby Reindel (Jr., middle hitter)

Promising newcomers: Heather Vogt (Soph., middle hitter), Katrina Etzkorn (Soph., libero), Mel Mansfield (Sr., setter), Emily Horstman (Soph., defensive specialist/outside hitter), Mallory MacLennen (Jr., right-side hitter)

Outlook: The Blue Jays return a strong hitting and consistent serving team, but must improve on their passing. The team is positive and hard-working. According to Sterling, the team must take advantage of non-league matches to gain confidence for the brutal MAC slate.

Fort Recovery

Coach: Diana Rammel

Years, career record: 17-7 overall (sixth in MAC)

Division: III

Last yearís record: Seventh season

Returning letterwinners: Holly Brunswick (Sr., middle back), Shelby Brunswick (Sr., outside hitter/setter), Olivia Thien (Sr., outside hitter), Holly Thien (Sr., middle back), Nichole Kaiser (Sr., defensive specialist/outside hitter), Abby Backs (Jr., libero)

Promising newcomers: Abby Backs (Jr., libero), Kylie Kahlig (Jr., middle back), Ericka Lennartz (Jr., outside hitter), Chelsea Pottkotter (Soph., setter/outside hitter)

Outlook: Though Fort Recovery graduated nine seniors, the returning players are settling into their varsity roles nicely.

Marion Local

Coach: Amy Steininger

Years, career record: Eighth, 161-27

Division: IV

Last yearís record: 28-0 overall (9-0 MAC)

Returning letterwinners: Alyssa Winner (Sr., outside hitter), Casey Heitkamp (Sr., right-side hitter), Kaylee Schaefer (Sr., right-side hitter), Alyse Bergman (Sr., libero), Stacey Huber (Sr., setter), Kelly Schlarman (Sr., outside hitter), Nicole Schwieterman (Sr., defensive specialist), Margaret Wuebker (Jr., middle blocker), Josie Winner (Soph., middle blocker), Claire Heitkamp (Soph., middle blocker)

Promising newcomers: Laura Schwieterman (Jr., setter)

Outlook: The Flyers rolled to a state title a year ago and the cupboard isnít bare with 10 letterwinners returning. Alyse Bergman was a third team all-Ohioan as the libero a year ago and has improved on quickness and ball control.


Coach: Ashley Rohrer

Years, career record: NA

Division: IV

Last yearís record: 16-9 overall

Returning letterwinners: Erica Fullenkamp (Sr., setter/hitter), Delanie Wolf (Sr., hitter), Meghan Baumer (Sr., rightside hitter), Ellen Gruber (Sr., setter), Emily Barhorst (Sr., middle back), Dana Stucke (Jr., libero)

Promising newcomers: Jayden Hahn (Jr., defensive specialist), Kassi Brown (Jr., outside hitter), Claire McGowan (Soph., middle back), Madeleine Eiting (Soph., middle back)

Outlook: Fullenkamp has verbally committed to Bowling Green to play volleyball in 2011 and is one of five experienced seniors looking to lead the way. Fullenkamp and Wolf give the Wildcats plenty of hitting power. Stucke will lead the defense while Gruber gives the team an outstanding setter.

New Bremen

Coach: Theresa Jenkins

Years, career record: First season at New Bremen

Division: IV

Last yearís record: 3-20 overall

Returning letterwinners: Brittani Blaine, Haley Moeller

Promising newcomers: Karli Jones, Julie Brown

Outlook: Jenkins takes the helm with a very young team. According to Jenkins, the players are willing to do what it takes to be competitive and win matches this year.

New Knoxville

Coach: Jozy King

Years, career record: Second season, 12-12

Division: IV

Last yearís record: 12-12 overall (3-6 MAC)

Returning letterwinners: Jena Braden (Sr., setter/outside hitter), Nikki Shreve (Sr., libero), Sara Felty (Sr., defensive specialist), Taylor Elshoff (Sr., outside hitter), April Cain (Jr., middle hitter), Taylor Niemeyer (Soph., outside hitter)

Promising newcomers: Paige Lehman (Fr., outside hitter), Haley Horstman (Fr., setter/outside hitter), Haley Dillon (Jr., middle hitter)

Outlook: The team is a great serving squad and continues to improve. King thinks the team has a very promising season ahead. The players have high expectations and are working hard. Plus, the seniors provide excellent leadership and experience.


Coach: Jeff Marbaugh

Years, career record: Fourth season, 58-37

Division: III

Last yearís record: 18-7 overall (fourth in MAC)

Returning letterwinners: Emily Crowell (Sr., middle hitter), Kelsey Bates (Sr., middle hitter), Morgan Cron (Sr., setter), Haley Burtch (Jr., outside hitter), Haley Roehm (Jr., setter), Peyton Heitkamp (Jr., defensive specialist), Audrey Lavernge (Sr., defensive specialist)

Promising newcomers: Becca Harshman (Jr., outside hitter), Bailey King (Jr., outside hitter)

Outlook: Marbaugh has a lot of reason to be confident this season with many returning players who made significant contributions a year ago. Parkway hopes to finish high in the league race and advance farther in the tournament.

St. Henry

Coach: Diana Kramer

Years, career record: First year

Division: IV

Last yearís record: 20-5 overall (third in MAC)

Returning letterwinners: Sara Lefeld (Sr., libero), Katie Kremer (Sr., middle hitter), Katie Hoyng (Jr., outside hitter), Emily Hess (Sr., outside hitter), Nicole Lange (Sr., outside hitter)

Promising newcomers: Abby Brunswick (Jr., setter), Danielle Uhlenhake (Soph., setter), Brooke Froning (Jr., rightside hitter), Kenzie Kleinhenz (Jr., middle hitter), Ashley Heitkamp (Jr., outside hitter)

Outlook: The Redskins will have a lot of new faces this, according to Kramer, but they are players who understand the tradition the program has built.


Hardin Northern

Coach: Ron Coleman

Years, career record: Second season, 6-13

Division: IV

Last yearís record: 6-13 overall

Returning letterwinners: Peyton Bame (Sr., defensive specialist), Sarah Flinn (Sr., outside hitter), Lauren Hoffman (Jr., middle hitter), Taylor Allen (Soph., middle hitter), Grace Poling (Sr., libero), Chelsea Motter (Sr., setter), Olivia Sampson (Jr., setter/outside hitter), Shelby Stump (Sr., outside hitter), Taylor Spearman (Sr., middle hitter)

Promising newcomers: Becky McElree (Soph., defensive specialist)

Outlook: The Polar Bears have a nice mix of experience (nine returning letterwinners, eight of whom were starters) and youth that is working hard. Defense is one area the squad is looking to improve upon.

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