The Swanton volleyball team will look to continue the momentum from last year’s league championship season over to the 2018 campaign.
The Bulldogs, who finished 23-2 overall and 7-0 in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League for their first ever title, return five members from that team.
“I am very optimistic about our success for this season based on the hard work and improvement that I have already seen over the summer,” said head coach Kyle Borer. “With the returning lettermen and the addition of the new members, I feel we have the capability of being a very solid team in every match. The more consistent we become, the more success we will have.”
Back for Swanton are Abby Arnold (second team All-NWOAL, honorable mention District 7), Alexis Sarvo (honorable mention All-NWOAL), Riley Gardner, Jessica Dohm and Ashlyn Waddell.
Arnold returns 822 assists and 235 digs from last season, Sarvo 36 aces and 194 digs, Gardner 31 kills and 79 digs, Dohm 46 kills and 158 digs, and Waddell 36 kills.
“As a team, our serving has been a strength and very effective,” explained Borer. “We have more depth from our bench this season. Our size and ability to attack consistently (are also strengths).”
Newcomers to the squad are Ellie Beroske, Kylie Ulch, Alexis Bergman, Sammi Taylor and Haiden Gombash.
“The newcomers were very successful JV players last season and will hopefully bring that experience to the varsity level,” said Bulldog coach. “A close group of girls who work well together and support each other.”
The Dogs will be without four all-league and District 7 performers, including three who were first team All-NWOAL and in District 7. Gone are Sidney Taylor (first team All-NWOAL, District 7), Julia Smith (first team All-NWOAL, District 7), Cydney Christensen (first team All-NWOAL, District 7) and Olivia Williams (honorable mention All-NWOAL).
With these losses and other factors, Borer has an idea of where his group’s weaknesses lie.
“Maintaining consistent play throughout the entire match,” he said in regards to areas of improvement. “As a team, we need to improve on serve reception. Always working to improve our communication on the court.”
The sixth-year coach sees the Dogs finishing in the top half of the league yet again.
“The NWOAL is always a very competitive league,” said Borer. “I feel we will be right up there with the top three to four teams competing for the league title once again. Our goal is to work hard every day to make that happen.”
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010