Fort Frye volleyball under new leadership

Fort Frye volleyball under new leadership

Photo by Ron Johnston Fort Frye’s Maddie Webb gets ready to serve the ball during a high school volleyball match last season in Beverly.

By Ron Johnston

Staff Reporter

BEVERLY — Fort Fyre has a new volleyball boss.

Emily Ohrn will be succeeding Tiffany Schob-Smith, the 2018 Ohio District 12 Division IV Coach of the Year, at the helm this upcoming year.

“I’m really excited for this season,” said the 24-year-old Ohrn, who played her prep volleyball at Wirt County and then at Ohio Valley University. “We have a lot of upperclassmen with varsity experience. But we lost a few taller girls.”

Kasey Buchanan, an Elmhurst College recruit, and Jade Baker, a Marietta College recruit, were two of the big hitters who graduated. Both were District 12 honorees.

And, Karlee Ross, a junior, will miss the season due to a knee injury suffered during summer league basketball. As a sophomore, she had 157 kills.

“I’m really upset about that,” said Ohrn of the injury. “She’s supposed to be back for this basketball season and next volleyball season.

“She still comes to all our practices. She’s a really good athlete, and I like having her around.”

The returning hitters will be 5-foot-8 senior Maddie Webb and 5-8 sophomore Julia Zalmanek.

A year ago, Webb finished with 148 kills, 70 aces, and 170 digs, while Zalmanek had 42 kills and 38 assists.

“We’ll rely a lot on Maddie,” Ohrn said. “She’s good all the way around, back row and front row.”

Also back is setter/playmaker Stephanie Camden, who recorded her 1,000th career assist set last season. The 5-6 senior had 828 assists or an average of 9.4 a match in her junior year.

Camden also finished with 64 digs and 36 kills.

“Stephanie’s pretty experienced,” Ohrn said.

Lexie Huck, a 5-5 junior, finished with 102 digs as the libero.

Overall, Ohrn said there were 20 girls on the varsity/JV roster, including 5-2 senior Gilly Baker, 5-5 junior Cara McIntosh, 5-5 Jayden Greenleaf, 5-5 sophomore Bella Schilling, 5-7 sophomore Khloee Ross, and 5-3 sophomore Lilli Schilling.

“We have a great group of hard-working girls,” Ohrn said. “Hopefully, we can go further than we did last year.”

Last November, Fort Frye finished 17th-ranked with a 20-5 overall record (8-0 Pioneer Valley Conference) after falling to Portsmouth Notre Dame in three sets in a regional semi at Lancaster High.

NOTE: At Wirt in Elizabeth, W.Va., Ohrn played for Janet Frazier, and in her junior year, the Tigers won a Class A state championship.

Ron Johnston can be reached at rjohnston@mariettatimes.com

Fort Frye volleyball

Head coach: Emily Ohrn, 1st yr.

2018 record: 20-5 (17th ranked D4), 8-0 PVC



2 Maddie Webb, 9 Stephanie Camden, 18 Gilly Baker


22 Jayden Greenleaf, 23 Lexie Huck, 11 Cara McIntosh


12 Julia Zalmanek, 19 Lilli Schilling, 13 Bella Schilling, 16 Khloee Ross


Aug. 17 at Morgan 3:30 p.m.

Aug. 19 BELPRE 6 p.m.

Aug. 22 FEDERAL HOCKING 7 p.m.

Aug. 24 PHILO 11:30 a.m.

Aug. 26 at St. John Central 6 p.m.

Aug. 27 at Waterford 7:15 p.m.

Aug. 28 ROSECRANS 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 7 at Meadowbrook 12:15 p.m.

Sept. 11 WARREN 7 p.m.

Sept. 12 SHENANDOAH 7 p.m.

Sept. 14 tri-match@Rosecrans 10 a.m.

Sept. 16 LINSLY 7 p.m.

Sept. 19 at Caldwell 7 p.m.

Sept. 24 at Shenandoah 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 ST. JOHN CENTRAL 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 30 at Warren 7 p.m.

Oct. 2 CALDWELL 7 p.m.


Oct. 9 WATERFORD 7 p.m.