By Rob Kiser
Call Sports Editor
SIDNEY — That Ellie Cain excels on the volleyball floor is no big surprise.
Her father Lonnie is a long-time volleyball coach, leading Covington to numerous district and league titles, as well as being an assistant for Piqua and Lehman, including several Lehman state championship team.
Her mother Marti was also a volleyball coach at Covington and Versailles after playing at Malone University.
“They used to joke that I came out of the womb playing volleyball,” the Lehman senior said after signing her letter of intent to play for Columbus State Community College.
And she has not disappointed.
Playing JO for Team Atlantis since the fourth grade, with the exception of one year with the Dayton Juniors, she played on one team that qualified for nationals.
Cain was a member of Lehman’s state championship team as a freshman and was part of four sectional and district championship teams, helping Lehman extend its streak of district titles to 21 years.
She also was part of two regional final teams and helped Lehman to the Northwest Central Conference title this fall in Lehman’s first year in the conference.
Cain was the NWCC Player of the Year, first team All-District 9 and All-Ohio and co-MVP for the Lady Cavaliers.
She finished her career at Lehman with 1,495x assists, 428 kills and 176 aces as a setter/outside hitter.
“It was great seeing Ellie (Cain) mature throughout her career,” Snipes, who has known Cain and her parents for years. “I think Columbus State is getting a great player in Ellie (Cain). She can definitely go in make a big impact right away. It is great to see her get this opportunity (to play at the next level).”
Columbus State, who plays in the OCCAC (Ohio Community College Athletic Conference), is excited to get a player of Cain’s caliber.
“Ellie (Cain) brings a lot of leadership and athletic ability,” Lady Cougars coach Jaclynn Yocum said. “She has the ability to play strong defense and run a dynamic offense. She has played with two other players we recruited (Rachel Noffsinger, Anna; Kesley Rammel, Coldwater). There is no way to account for that kind of experience (of players who have played together).”
Cain said the decision was an easy one.
“I really like the Columbus area,” Cain said. “And I really liked the coach when I met her.”
And while Cain plans to transfer to Ohio State after two years at Columbus State, she wouldn’t rule out more volleyball.
“We will see what happens,” said.
After all, it would only be natural for a player that has been excelling at the sport almost since birth.