SIDNEY — Greg Snipes returns as Lehman volleyball coach.
The Lady Cavaliers were 19-8 last year and won the NWCC, a conference where they have never lost a match.
Graduating off a team that also started a new streak of district titles were Madeline Smith, Marianne Hissong, Allie Hall, Adriana Sehlhorst and Michelle Duritsch.
Returning letterwinners include seniors Sidney Chapman and Madison Hussey; juniors Ellie Scott, Maddy McFarland, Hailey Wick and Lauren Larger; and sophomore Alexis Snipes.
Top newcomers include seniors Camille Odle and Lindsey Elsner; sophomores Lauren Riley and Malorie Hussey; and freshman Abby Schutt and Lauren McFarland.
“We’re looking forward to a successful year,” Snipes said. “We bring back a mix of starters from last year district championship team and newcomers seeing their first action at varsity. The girls have meshed well together early on and should be able to make big strides as the year goes on. Some goals will be to win another league championship and to make a big run during tournament time.”
Four-year starter Sidney Chapman will be back at outside hitter along with junior Maddy McFarland. Sophomore Alexis Snipes and freshman Lauren McFarland will take over setting duties.
Junior Lauren Larger and freshman Abby Schutt will be middle blockers. Junior Ellie Scott returns as opposite hitter. Senior Madison Hussey and Camille Odle will be defensive specialists. Junior Hailey Wick and senior Lindsey Elsner will see action at DS, as well as sophomore Malorie Hussey at middle blocker and sophmore Lauren Riley at opposite hitter.
Snipes expects the top challenges in the NWCC to come from Riverside and Northing Harden.
Eric Harlamert is back for his second season as coach.
The Cavaliers were 9-3 in dual matches last year, finished in the top seven in three invitationals and won the NWCC for the third straight year.
Graduating off last year’s team were Avery Pickrel, Tyler Scott, Zack Scott and Adam Vanderhorst.
District qualifier Tyler Lachey, a junior, returns; along with junior Ryan Schmidt and sophomore Cole Gilardi.
Top newcomers include senior Parker Riley, juniors Griffin West, Preston Rogers and Zach Ropp; sophomore Athan Whitney; and freshman Mikey Rossman, Brandyn Sever, Seth Dooley and Nathan Rocke.
“We have three golfers who are the core of the team, and a number of others seriously battling for the top six spots,” Harlamert said. “I expect this battle to continue for much of the season.”
Harlamert expects it to be a battle with Lima Temple Christian for the league title again this year.
Tom Wiseman returns for his second season as coach.
The Cavaliers finished 6-11 overall last year and 4-3 in the WOSL.
Graduating off that team were Alex Wiseman, Ian Smith and Connor Thobe.
“We bring an experienced group of seniors and maturing group of juniors,” Wiseman said.
The four senior captains are John Henry Frantz, Trey Kerrigan, Jacob Schmiesing and Joshua Armstrong.
Frantz, a defender was All-WOSL and second team All-Miami Valley, while Kerrigan was a third-team All-Miami Valley forward.
The juniors are led by third team All-Miami Valley selection Jake Emrick.
Key sophomores will include co-rookies of the year a year ago in Michael Denning and Dahlton Black.
Other returning letterwinners include Max Hamlin, Tim Buechter, Ryan Goettemoeller, Conor O’Leary, Joe Ritze and Ye Chen.
“The team is also blessed with a soccer-experienced, athletic band of incoming freshman, with many of them to be called upon for quality minutes in our contests,” Wiseman said.
He said the challenge will be to shore up a defense that struggled last year, as well as providing the team with skilled, well-conditioned players on the bench.
“The players have worked extremely hard on conditioning and a more aggressive, possession style of play,” Wiseman said.
He is hoping for a top three finish in the WOSL.
Jeremy Lorenzo is back for his third season as coach.
The Lady Cavaliers were 13-5-1 overall last season, 6-0 in the WOSL and district finalist.
Returning letterwinners include seniors Katie Edwards (midfielder), Hannah Fogt (defender), Kaitrin O’Leary (forward), Moriah Pauley (defender), Kate Hemm (defender), Liz Pax (forward) and Lexi Caulfield (defender); junors Abby Jones (midfielder), Molly Safreed (junior), Amanda Titterington (defender) and Camille Brown (goalie); and sophomores Grace Monnin (midfielder), Samantha Edwards (forward), Grace Olding (forward) and Carly Edwards (midfielder).
Two top newcomers will be freshman midfielder Ava Behr and freshman defender Olivia Monnin.
“I am really excited about our potential this season,” Lorenzo said. “Talent wise, this will be the deepest that I have seen here at Lehman and we will have a lot of veteran leadership-similar to our 2013 regional final team. We will be returning 15 varsity players from last year’s district finalist squad, losing only one starter to graduation.
“We also have a very talented freshman class that came in as well as junior varsity players from last year’s team that have been waiting for their opportunity as well.”
Lehman will have to replace All-Ohio forward Sara Fuller, a four-year starter at Lehman.
“Unfortunately, the starter that graduated out was an All State striker and was our leading scorer last year,” Lorenzo said about Fuller. “Therefore, despite the talent, we know that we still have some “unknowns” coming into the season.”
Senior tri-captains, Katie Edwards, Hannah Fogt, and Moriah Pauley in addition to fellow seniors Kaitrin OLeary, Lexi Caulfield, Kate Hemm and Liz Pax will lead the charge.
Juniors Molly Safreed, Abby Jones, and Amanda Titterington are all two-year varsity players and are battle tested.
Junior Camille Brown missed half of the season last year but will come in with varsity experience at the goal keeper position. Last year’s standout class of Grace Monnin, Grace Olding, Carly Edwards, and Samantha Edwards, now sophomores, all have a year of varsity high school experience and will look to, again, have another standout year.
Newcomers, freshman Ava Behr and Olivia Monnin will join the varsity team this season and will look to get major minutes. Freshman Lyndsey Jones and Rylie McIver, sophomores Hannah Giguere and Allison Bornhorst, and junior Grace Dexter will all see varsity action this this season.
“This will be our third year in the WOSL,” Lorenzo said. “I think this year’s league play will be very competitive. We will again play an extremely tough out of conference schedule in order to prepare us for the state tournament. We have had a very good preseason and are looking forward to the regular season.”
Tim Ungericht returns for his season season as coach.
The Lady Cavaliers finished 3-15 a year ago and lost Diana Gibson and Emma Simpson to graduation.
Returning letterwinners include senior Allison Briggs, juniors Melanie Bruner and Alex Read and sophomores Sarah Gibson and Ann Pennaparra.
“Our goals are to win more matches than last year and qualify girls for districts,” Ungericht said. “Sophomore Claire Larger is a transfer from Fort Loramie and will be at the top of our lineup after she is eligible in the second half of the season. We have 11 girls out this fall, the most in three seasons.”
John Brunner will join the program as an assistant coach.