Swanton volleyball returns a total of four letterwinners who either received all-league or all-district accolades — or both — a season ago, which should enable them to have another successful season. The Bulldogs were 19-4 overall and 5-2 in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League in 2021.
“We are very optimistic about this coming season,” said head coach Kyle Borer. “With our experience and finding a few more pieces, we can have another strong season. How successful we are will depend on improving on our weaknesses and maintaining the consistency we need in order to play at a high level. Our on the court leadership will be huge in determining our level of success.”
Back for the Bulldogs are setter Sofie Taylor (first team All-NWOAL/All-District 7), outside hitter/middle blocker Katlyn Floyd (first team all-league, honorable mention in District 7), outside hitter Morgan Smith (honorable mention all-league) and middle blocker/outside hitter Maddie Smith (second team all-league).
“We bring back 4 letter winners who received league honors,” said Borer on strengths for his group this year. “They are four experienced and talented players who will be our leaders.
“Very experienced setter (Taylor) who will be in her fourth year running our offense,” he added.
Taylor recorded 779 assists, 158 digs, 68 kills, 52 aces and 19 blocks in 2021. Floyd notched 268 kills, 180 digs, and 50 aces.
For Morgan Smith, she recorded 155 kills, 87 digs, and 47 aces a year ago. Maddie Smith had 171 kills, 59 aces, 56 digs and 33 blocks.
“We are very diverse in our offense; many versatile players who can play multiple positions and play all the way around on the court,” continued Borer on his team’s strengths. “We return strong servers with a high volume of aces.”
Newcomers for the Dogs this season are Mackenzie Secory (outside hitter), Peighton Manning (middle blocker/hitter), Olivia Gowing (defensive specialist), Lillyanna Valderas (defensive specialist), Alexa Faber (defensive specialist/outside hitter) and Samantha Nelson (right-side hitter).
But, they will need to replace production left behind by Trista Eitniear (second team all-league, honorable mention in District 7), Brooke Dockery (honorable mention all-league), Brie Williams, Morgan Pettit and Bailey DeKoeyer.
Weaknesses for the Dogs, according to Borer, are “depth in certain positions, court communication, ball control consistency.”
Swanton will look to be in the mix for the NWOAL championship.
“I believe the NWOAL will be very competitive as it usually is. I believe there will be a few teams that will compete for the top spot and we will do our best to be up there to accomplish that team goal,” Borer said.
Swanton is at Edon this Saturday for the season opener.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.