The Swanton volleyball team finished a very respectable 14-10 in 2014. Look for them to be equally competitive in 2015.
The Bulldogs cannot say they are a deeper team than a year ago, losing six letter winners, while also having six returnees. However, it is the team’s potential that has got coach Kyle Borer enthused.
“I am very excited for the season. We have high expectations this year,” said Borer. “We have had success this summer in team camps and our summer league. I believe with our goals we have set, that our determination will help us to keep improving and get where we want to be.”
The Dogs should be a very talented bunch, adds the coach.
“We have a core group of players who have varsity experience and play very well together,” said Borer. “We are a very athletic team with a diverse group of attackers at the net.”
“They are a hardworking and determined group. These girls know the game well and hopefully we continue to keep growing and improving together.”
Returning for the Bulldogs are Heather Williams (honorable mention All-NWOAL), Claire Leidigh, Kyleigh Ramlow, Sidney Taylor, Julia Smith and Cydney Christensen.
Leaving a void in the Dogs’ lineup are departed letter winners Megyn Christensen (first team All-NWOAL, second team All-District), Alaura Fetterman (honorable mention All-NWOAL, All-District), Hailee Roeder (honorable mention All-NWOAL), Brooke Thatcher, Kelly Klumm and Nicole Schnabel.
“We are not as deep of a team as we have been in the past, so I am still looking for the girls to play more consistently on a regular basis,” said Borer of his squad’s main weakness.
Swanton, however, does have a handful of newcomers which should increase competition in certain positions.
Promising newcomers for the Bulldogs are Karah Kohlman, Deanna Herr, Cassie Kosier and Olivia Williams.
The league should be tough once again with Evergreen and Archbold viewed as top contenders. In fact, outside of 2013 in which Delta shared the league crown with Evergreen, either the Blue Streaks or Vikings have come out on top since 2006.
“I feel that there are about three (to) four teams that will be there competing for the NWOAL title this year,” said Borer of the league. “We definitely intend on being one of these teams. It is always a tough league in regards to volleyball, but the most consistent team will be the most successful.”
Swanton opens its season by hosting Maumee next Saturday at approximately 11:30 a.m.
Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010
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