|2014 VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW...
With everyone back from a year ago, the Covington Lady Buccs look forward to bigger things in 2014.
The Covington Lady Buccs are coming off of an uncharacteristic season in which they managed just three wins in 21 contests and finished just 3-9 in Cross County Conference play.
But much of that had to do with the youth on last years team as Covington didn't have a single senior on the roster and was manned by a team that didn't have one senior on the roster.
Now, one year later, Covington coach Ashley Miller has everyone back from last season, including four seniors. Jessica Dammeyer leads the way as a four-year starter, while Kenzie Atkinson, Megan Lange and Ariel Robinson return with varsity experience.
"Our entire team is back and we gained some girls who will help us," said Covington coach Ashley Miller. "We are still pretty young, but we have a good senior class that has been providing leadership."
Joining the seniors are two talented juniors in setter Arianna Richards and middle hitter Brooke Gostomsky. Both are in their third year at the varsity level, making for an experienced combination at the net.
Sophomores Rachel York and Lexie Long return after contributing greatly in the rotation a year ago as freshman, while Savanna Schaurer and Ashley Cecil also lettered as freshman.
"Defensively we should be very good," Miller said. "J.D. (Dammeyer) was all league two years in a row and the other girls have improved. We still have to develop our hitting a little more."
Making the move up to the varsity level to provide depth will be junior Sarah Pond, along with sophomores Natalie Snyder and Jenna Hagan. Junior Jessie Crowell also will also contribute at the varsity level in he first year of high school volleyball.
The future is made even brighter for Covington as it has very talented junior varsity and freshmen teams as a total of 30 girls will be on the floor in 2014.
Covington looks to move its way up the standings in a strong Cross County Conference that consists of traditional state power Miami East. Newton, Arcanum, Tri-Village, Twin Valley South and Tri-County North are also expected to field very strong teams, making the CCC a battle throughout the season.
"We have high hopes this year," Miller concluded. "We know there are some good teams, but we feel we should be able to compete in our league this year. That's our goal."