Plenty of experience for Warren volleyball team

VINCENT – After an up and down season on the volleyball court last fall, the Warren Lady Warriors have reason to believe that this year could be much more rewarding.

With seven seniors and an overall experienced group of players returning, second-year head coach Michelle Tyo is expecting big things from her team this year.

“I’m hoping we win league this year,” Tyo said. “That’s kind of a new goal that we have. We have seven seniors I believe and quite a few juniors too, so we have an older team. There’s high expectations.”

Tyo held a youth volleyball camp at Warren High School Wednesday with assistance from some of her varsity players. The camp, which will run through Friday, consisted of about 35 girls entering grades 4-8 from around the area.

“I’m hoping they learn the basic skills of volleyball,” Tyo said. “Setting, passing, serving, and by the end of camp on Friday, they’ll kind of understand how to actually put those skills into play and be able to play the game.”

It’s been a busy summer for Tyo and the Warriors. The team recently completed a three-day trip to Cincinnati and has been working hard in preparation for the season, which begins Aug. 19 against Marietta.

“They’re looking good,” Tyo said. “We’ve been having open gym, Cincinnati camp, and next week will just be conditioning and then pretty much the season starts.”

Warren’s returning seniors are Natalie Knowlton, Jordan Messenger, Victoria Buzzard, Kaylee Higgins, Danielle Lambert, Erin Hukill and Megan Haffner.

In the time leading up to the beginning of the season, Tyo noted some things her team will focus on in practice. “We really just want to keep working on improving our game,” she said. “Our hitting was looking much better at Cincinnati camp, our defense was looking well. Just improving from last season. We have a few weeks to prepare and get ready for (Marietta).

“I really think if we get it together, we could have a better season than last year.”