Waterford volleyball team has talent, experience

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times Waterford’s Denise Young (16) and Ana-Sophia Beardsley (15) go up to block a spike during a high school volleyball match against Fort Frye last season.

WATERFORD — Waterford High is senior-loaded for the second straight year on the volleyball floor.

“I am very excited about this upcoming season,” said second-year WHS head coach Kim Barker. “It is going to be a different look than last year, but we’ve got a lot of talent.”

With six seniors on last season’s varsity VB roster, the Wildcats were a regional semifinalist and finished No. 12 in the final Division IV OHSVCA Coaches Poll with a 24-2 record. From that team, WHS graduated some good ones in Alli Kern, Megan Ball, Hannah Duff, Hayley Duff, Jordan Taylor, and Morgan Lang.

“Yes, I did lose a strong six senior class,” said Barker, who earned a Coaches Achievement Award last fall, “but I’ve had a lot of girls step up and fill those roles including a couple underclassmen.”

Of the seven returning Wildcat seniors, four — Allex Teters, Denise Young, Ana-Sophia Beardsley, and Haley Klintworth — were in the rotation last year.

“One of our strongest players this season will be Allex who has transitioned to our all-around outside hitter,” Barker said.

In last year’s DIV regional semifinal loss to Portsmouth Notre Dame at Lancaster, Teters had a solid match with 11 assists, 11 digs and two kills.

“Last season Allex set and played right side but having her change has really benefitted our team,” Barker said.

Barker said to also keep an eye on Young, a strong, backside hitter.

Then, there is Beardsley, a middle hitter.

“She is one of our most technical hitters and strongest blockers,” Barker said.

Klintworth was credited with six digs in last season’s regional semi.

“She has transitioned into our libero this season and adjusted very nicely,” Barker said. “She is a strong passer that we need on the floor.”

Beth Dawson, Odessa Tornes, and Aariah Long, the other three seniors, give the Wildcats depth.

“Beth will have an important role this season running the back half of our offense,” Barker said. “And Odessa and Aariah are great options for my back row.”

Riley Schweikert is the only sophomore on the squad, and is expected to be positioned as an outside hitter.

“She’s transitioned from a middle last season and really been working hard,” Barker said. “She will be one to watch.”

Junior Olivia McCutcheon is a defensive specialist while freshmen Cara Taylor and Lily Roberts, a setter and middle hitter, respectively.

“Cara Taylor will be stepping into our setter and right side all around role,” Barker said. “She has developed smoothly into this role and will be a huge factor for our offense this season.

“Lily has made the adjustment smoothly and coming into this season with an aggressive, focused mindset.”

Waterford is scheduled to host Morgan at the Cooper Annex in its season opener at 6 p.m. Aug. 22.

“One thing I’ve stressed to this group is not the importance of who is starting on the floor but the importance of your rotations on the floor,” Barker said. “Each member has an important role, and we all have to do our role to be successful as one. Our first game is in less than two weeks, and we are ready to get on the floor.”

Waterford Volleyball

Head coach: Kim Barker, 2nd yr.

2017 record: 24-2 (No. 12 in the final DIV OHSVCA Coaches Poll)

Assistant: Kylie Drake

Roster

Seniors

6 Allex Teters (OH), 16 Denise Young (RH), 15 Ana-Sophia Beardsley (MH), 2 Haley Klintworth (L), 1 Beth Dawson (S), 5 Odessa Tornes (BR), 7 Aariah Long (BR)

Junior

26 Olivia McCutcheon DS)

Sophomore

23 Riley Schweikert (OH)

Freshmen

4 Cara Taylor (S), 18 Lily Roberts (MH)

Key: OH (outside hitter), RH (rightside hitter), MH (middle hitter), L (libero), S (setter), BR (back row), DS (defensive specialist)

Schedule

Aug. 22: Morgan, 6 p.m.

Aug. 25: at Athens, 10 a.m.

Aug. 30: Wahama, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 4: at Southern, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 6: Trimble, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 10: at Fort Frye, 7 p.m.

Sept. 11: at Belpre, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 13: Miller, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 18: Federal Hocking, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 20: at Eastern, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 24: South Gallia, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 27: Southern, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 1: at Trimble, 7 p.m.

Oct. 2: Belpre, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 4: at Miller, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 9: at Federal Hocking, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 10: Fort Frye, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 11: Eastern, 7:15 p.m.

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