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Waterford netters young, excited for season

Waterford netters young, excited for season

Photo by Ron Johnston Waterford’s Cara Taylor sets the ball during a high school volleyball match last season at the Harry Cooper Annex.

WATERFORD — Waterford High is a little on the green side.

But that’s OK, because the school’s colors are green and white.

WHS graduated seven seniors from last year’s 17-7 volleyball team — Allex Teters, Denise Young, Ana-Sophia Beardsley, Haley Klintworth, Odessa Tornes, Bethany Dawson, and Aariah Long. The 2018 squad claimed both a Tri-Valley Conference-Hocking Division championship and a sectional crown before bowing out to Bainbridge Paint Valley, 3-2, in an OHSAA Division IV district semifinal match at Jackson High

“This season is going to look a little different for us but I am very excited about this group,” said Waterford head coach Kim Barker. “We have a lot of youth not only in terms of my roster but also in experience.”

Ironically, there are six Wildcat seniors on the current roster, but only one — defensive specialist Olivia McCutcheon — was a full-time player last fall. McCutcheon “was out with a season long injury” a year ago but apparently is good to go, now.

The other seniors are Maggie Huffman, Marissa Neader, Ciara Hilverding, Alyssa Doak and Amelia Medina, and they will all be expected to provide leadership and should get more playing time during the course of the campaign.

Sophomore setter Cara Taylor, sophomore middle hitter Lily Roberts, and junior outside hitter Riley Schweikert were the other full-time returning varsity players.

The very athletic Taylor, also a softball player (center field) and basketball player (guard), was a standout setter/right side hitter as a rookie. Against Paint Valley, she had 43 assists and 20 digs.

“Cara is one of the most calm, humble yet competitive kids on the floor,” Barker said.

The Wildcat middle hitters will be Roberts and junior Kaylea Harmon.

“They have really stepped up this preseason and been working hard,” Barker said. “Lily is one of my hard hitters that will also be a go-to player.”

Another go-to player will be Schweikert.

“Riley has had a great summer/preseason and is working really hard to be a physical leader,” Barker said.

Waterford’s other outside hitter is Mackenzie Suprano, and completing the front row is Huffman, the right side hitter.

In the back row, look for Neader and McCutcheon as the defensive specialists, along with junior Jazmine Farmer and junior libero Alayna Jones.

Also on the varsity roster is sophomore Lilly Franchino.

“This group is a scrappy, hardworking team and I like that about them,” Barker said. “We are continuing to work each day to get better and encourage each other positively. I can’t wait for August 20th (opening day at Morgan).”

Ron Johnston can be reached at rjohnston@mariettatimes.com

Waterford volleyball

Head coach: Kim Barker

2018 record: 17-7 (TVC-Hocking Division and sectional titles)

Assistants: Kylie Drake, Chelsey Paxton

Roster

Seniors

26 Olivia McCutcheon (DS), 21 Maggie Huffman (RSH), 9 Marissa Neader (DS), 2 Ciara Hilverding, 23 Alyssa Doak, 6 Amelia Medina

Juniors

11 Riley Schweikert (OH), 16 Jazmine Farmer (DS), 25 Alayna Jones (L)

Sophomores

4 Cara Taylor (S/RSH), 18 Lily Roberts (MH), 1 Mackenzie Suprano (OH), 7 Lilly Franchino

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

Schedule

Aug. 20 at Morgan 6 p.m.

Aug. 24 at Athens 10 a.m.

Aug. 27 FORT FRYE 7:15 p.m.

Aug. 29 at Belpre 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 3 FEDERAL HOCKING 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 5 at South Gallia 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 9 TRIMBLE 7:15 p.m.

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

Sept. 16 WAHAMA 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 17 at Southern 7:15 p.m.\

Sept. 19 MILLER 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 23 BELPRE 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 24 at Federal Hocking 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 26 at Wahama 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 30 EASTERN 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 1 at Miller 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 3 SOUTHERN 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 8 at Trimble 7 p.m.

Oct. 9 at Fort Frye 7 p.m.

Oct. 10 SOUTH GALLIA 7:15 p.m.

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