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Lady Warriors looking strong around net; return two key hitters from 13-10 squad

Photo by Ron Johnston Warren’s Abby Gilliand, right, goes up to attempt a spike during a high school volleyball match last season in Vincent.

VINCENT — Warren High’s front row looks impressive with 5-foot-9 senior middle hitter Abby Gilliand and 5-8 senior outside hitter Madison Foy.

Last fall when the Warrior volleyball team posted a 13-10 overall record, this dynamic duo combined to record 404 kills.

Gilliand, an all-district and All-OVAC honoree, finished with 213 while Foy, an honorable mention district pick, had 191.

Add 5-8 senior right side hitter Caspen Ford, who had 102 kills, and 5-7 junior middle hitter Autumn Miller, 5-6 senior Lindsey James, and 5-9 senior Makayla Aiken to the mix, and WHS has the potential to be downright dominating at the net.

“Abby, Madison and Caspen are definitely some hitters to look out for, as well as Autumn, Makayla and Lindsey,” said WHS head coach Michelle Tyo.

Of course, all of these Warren hitters are going to need a playmaker with Victoria Lewis graduating. Last year, Lewis, an all-district honoree, finished with 662 assists.

The Warriors also have a vacancy at the libero position with District and OVAC Player of the Year Diamond Decker getting her diploma. A year ago, Decker had 499 digs and 529 returns.

Naturally, the big question in preseason camp is who’s going to be the new Warren setter and Warrior libero?

Well, the Warriors got a break last year when 5-6 junior Haylee Morgan transferred from Marietta to Warren.

“Haylee will be my setter this year,” Tyo said. “I’m so thankful she did (transfer) because she’s such a talented player and a great kid to have on your team.”

Ford, an all-around player with 37 assists last season, also is very capable of setting and gives Tyo depth at the position. Mya Husted, a 5-5 senior, and Aiken are also good setters.

As for the libero spot, Tyo is looking at sophomore Lakyn Ellenwood to fill the big shoes of Decker.

“Lakyn’s doing a great job at filling the libero spot,” the coach said. “She has so much potential to be an outstanding defensive player.”

Five-five senior Jacey Barnes and Husted will also see considerable playing time.

“They are two of my very dependable defensive players,” Tyo said.

Also, keep an eye on 5-6 junior right side hitter Hannah DeWitt and 5-8 sophomore middle hitter Gracee Goodwin.

Overall, Warren is a relatively veteran team with seven seniors. Last season, the Warriors graduated Kara Ferguson, Morgan Young, Kaylee Ullman, Lewis, and Decker.

“I lost some good seniors but have seven amazing seniors this year who all bring something different to the table whether it’s talent, attitude, work ethic, personality or leadership,” Tyo said. “They are going to be a great group to coach and that includes the rest of my players.

“We are an older, more experienced team this year and I’m hoping that helps us achieve some of our goals such as making it to the OVAC tournament and winning the championship. This season should be another successful year for Warren volleyball.”

Ron Johnston can be reached at rjohnston@mariettatimes.com

Warren volleyball

Head coach: Michelle Tyo

Assistant: Dan Proctor

2018 record: 13-10

Roster

Seniors

8 Madison Foy (OH/DS), 17 Abby Gilliand (MH), 20 Lindsay James (RSH), 23 Jacey Barnes (DS), 27 Myah Husted (DS/S), 30 Caspen Ford (OH), 36 Makayla Aiken (RSH/S)

Juniors

2 Haylee Morgan (S), 5 Autumn Miller (MH), 12 Hannah DeWitt (RSH)

Sophomores

24 Gracee Goodwin (MH), 10 Lakyn Ellenwood (L)

key: L-libero, S-setter, MH-middle hitter, RSH-right side hitter, OH-outside hitter

Schedule

Aug. 17 MEADOWBROOK 12:30 p.m.

Aug. 24 WARREN TRI 11 a.m.

Aug. 27 BELPRE 7:15 p.m.

Aug. 28 at Marietta 7 p.m.

Sept. 4 Tri@South 5 p.m.

Sept. 7 at Vinton County 11 a.m.

Sept. 9 SHENANDOAH 7 p.m.

Sept. 11 at Fort Frye 7 p.m.

Sept. 14 at Wheeling Park noon

Sept. 19 TYLER CONSOLIDATED 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 24 at Parkersburg Catholic 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 26 at Shenandoah 7 p.m.

Sept. 30 FORT FRYE 7 p.m.

Oct. 2 LOGAN 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 7 at Jackson 6:15 p.m.

Oct. 10 MARIETTA 7 p.m.

Oct. 14 WILLIAMSTOWN 7 p.m.

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