Frontier volleyball seeking winning record in 2019

Photo by Ron Johnston Frontier’s Logan Haught goes up for a block during a high school volleyball match against St. Marys last season in New Matamoras.

NEW MATAMORAS — Frontier High is looking forward to its new volleyball schedule.

“We are no longer in the PVC (Pioneer Valley Conference),” said Cougars head coach Donna Murphy. “We are in the OVAC (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) and the MOVL (Mid-Ohio Valley League). “It is a new league with River, Monroe Central, Caldwell, Bridgeport, Magnolia, and Shadyside. So, we will have new opponents.”

A couple, like Caldwell and Monroe Central, were also former members of the PVC. But Fort Frye and Shenandoah will not be on the 2019 Cougars schedule, because at the end of June, the PVC suspended operations/league team functions.

Be that as it may….

“Our goals are to make the OVAC tournament and do the best we can,” Murphy said. “We want to get better every game and every practice to be at our best at the end of the season.”

Last year, Frontier nearly broke even with a 10-11 overall record. This fall, the Cougars will be seeking a winning mark, and leading the way will be junior Logan Haught.

A versatile volleyball performer as an outside hitter and a setter, Haught had a breakout season as a sophomore when she earned OVAC Player of the Year honors in 1A. She finished the campaign with 184 kills, 224 assists, 140 digs, 77 blocks and an 87.9 serve percentage.

The FHS front row will also feature junior Mariah Bowersock, who had 113 kills and 131 assists, senior outside hitter McKaylyn Bowersock (135 kills) and senior outside hitter Alexis Bland (114 digs).

“McKaylyn and Alexis are very good at defending also,” Murphy said.

Senior Lea Dunn, an OVAC 1A honoree last season, will be Murphy’s utility player, which basically means she has the ability to play anywhere on the court. A year ago, Dunn had a team-high 36 service aces, 69 digs, 53 assists, and 143 returns.

Sophomore Whitney Doan is expected to start as the libero.

Also on the roster are junior middle hitter Jailyn Glover, sophomore Grace Rinard, sophomore Makenna Sutphin and freshmen Kara Ramsey and Tacey Kirkpatrick.

“The girls worked hard this summer and came up with the saying ‘So What! NOW What,'” Murphy said. “Meaning; let what happens teach us what to work on and get better at. And also mentally let it go and focus on the next play.”

Murphy will be assisted by former Frontier player and grad Heidi Comstock.

“She adds the young refreshing energy that us older coaches need sometimes,” Murphy said.—

Ron Johnston can be reached at rjohnston@mariettatimes.com