|2008 LADY BUCCS...
Coming off of a strong finish to last season and with several talented returning players, the Covington Lady Buccs look to improve on last season's record.
The Covington Lady Buccs finished with a modest 11-14 record a year ago, but that record is misleading considering Covington overcame a 1-8 start to win 10 of its final 16 games under first-year head coach Jim Smith.
|Josselyn Tobias has a little fun at the media day photo shoot.
"We had a good second half of the season and made it to the sectional finals," said Smith, who returns for his second season at the helm. "We hope to continue that progress into the 2008 season and hopefully take another step forward."
Smith has talent at his disposal with senior Holly Tobias leading the way. She'll enter her fourth season as a starter and was a force at the net last season with over 100 blocks.
"Holly was one of the area leaders last year in blocks," explained Smith. "Along with Shelby Hoblit, blocking at the net will be one of our team's strengths again this year."
Hoblit, a junior, and Tobias join a talented group of girls who possess size at the net - something Covington teams haven't enjoyed in the past.
Freshman Caitlin Crawford stands at 6'0", while junior Hannah Mohler (5'10") and Alysaa Angle (5'9") also gives Covington some decent size.
The return of 5'7" sophomore Emily Henry also gives Covington some power in finishing kills.
"These girls can really put the ball away," said Smith. "We added a lot of size to our lineup, which will really improve our offense."
Senior Krissi Tobias will spark the Lady Bucc "D" as a Libro, while seniors Kelsey Tobias, Meagan Grant and Katie Dickey provide additional leadership.
With juniors Mackenzie Richards and Rachael Rindler joined by sophomore Josselyn Tobias, Covington will be able to mix things up with its depth.
"I am really excited about our aggressive defensive players," Smith stated. "They will get after it and light things up."
With the talent on the roster, Covingon hopes to challenge for the top spot in the Cross County Conference. That spot has been occupied by Twin Valley South as of late.
"We're excited about the upcoming season," said Smith. "I think Covington fans will really enjoy watching these girls perform this season."
Which begins on August 25th at Fairlawn.