Warren Confident

Warriors hoping for some carryover on the VB court

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times Warren’s Abby Gilliand (17) blocks the ball as Marietta’s Hannah Kroft goes up for a spike during a high school volleyball match last season.

VINCENT — Warren High enjoyed a 15-win season on the volleyball court last season.

Head coach Michelle Tyo believes that a 2018 run is not far-fetched.

“Warren volleyball is hoping to have another successful season,” said the sixth-year Warriors boss.

From the 15-7 squad, Warren graduated Kate Liston, Hope Murdock, Hannah Wells, Emily Jackson, Emily Ontko, Maggie Kemp, and Lakia Johnson. Murdock with a team-high 202 kills and 344 digs was an Ohio Division II District 13 first-team honoree, while Liston (346 assists) and Kemp (118 kills) made the second team.

Murdock, Liston and Kemp each was a Senior Showcase participant from D2.

Ontko led the Warriors in blocks with 133.

“Although we lost some very talented seniors, I am confident in the players I have chosen to play varsity and know they will step it up and do their job,” Tyo said.

Tyo said that Warren returns five varsity players. Of that quintet, Outside hitter Kaylee Ullman and middle hitter Abby Gilliand each was a District 13 honorable mention last season.

The 5-foot-8 Ullman was second on the team in kills with 120, while 5-9 Gilliand recorded 109 kills and 78 blocks.

“Kaylee provides power outside,” Tyo said, “and Abby is just a beast at the net.”

Assisting those hitters will be 5-4 setter Vic Lewis.

“She will most likely be on the court the entire time as my setter and leader,” Tyo said.

Rounding out the seniors are 5-5 libero Diamond Decker, 5-6 right side hitter Morgan Young, and Kara Ferguson. Last year, Decker led the team in digs with 415 and serves received with 505.

“Diamond is an outstanding libero,” Tyo said.

Also, keep an eye on Madison Foy, a 5-8 junior outside hitter and defensive specialist.

“Madison is all around a consistent and reliable player to have on the court,” Tyo said.

Warren is scheduled to open its season at Meadowbrook at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. The Warriors’ home lid-lifter is slated against

Circleville at 2 p.m. Aug. 25.

“These girls are a hard working group who are still learning the game but the knowledge and experience will come with time and practice,” Tyo said. “We have the potential to do great things. I am looking forward to coaching this team and seeing how the season plays out.”

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