|2017 LADY BUCCS VOLLEYBALL...
The Covington Lady Buccs have plenty of talent returning and hope to take the next step in improving as a program.
COVINGTON - Coming off of a 12-13 season a year ago in which the Covington Lady Buccs finished third in the Cross County Conference with a 9-3 record in league play, the Lady Buccs look to take another step forward despite moving up from Division 4 to a very loaded Division 3.
"Our goals are to improve on our top three finish in the CCC, our third place finish in the Minster Invitational and advance in the Division Three State Tournament," said Covington coach Lonnie Cain. "We need to improve every match and be competitive against our strong non-league opponents."
The league favorite is once again Miami East, the defending D-III State Champions who are led by Penn State University commit Jonni Parker and a host of very talented returning players from a year ago.
But Covington has talent its own returning, despite graduating a very good senior class from a year ago. Leading the way will be seniors Legend Patty, Breanna Kimmel and Lindsey Kimmel, along with junior Lillian Hamilton. Patty and Hamilton give the Lady Buccs great height at the net, while Breanna Kimmel is a four-year varsity player and her cousin Lindsey is a dependable setter.
This returning talent and leadership has paid huge dividends very early in the Lady Buccs' preparation for the season.
"We have very good TEAM chemistry this year," emphasized Cain. "And will be a better overall hitting team when compared to last season."
There are newcomers who will contribute greatly after earning their keep at the junior varsity level a year ago. Makenna Gostomsky, Josie Crowell, Lauren Christian, Olivia Mohler, Tori Quinter and Maci White will all be counted on to step up their games at the varsity level in order for Covington to accomplish its goals.
"The key for us is to improve every match in the serve reception area and stay aggressive with our defense," Cain said.
Improvement - in performance and results - is what Covington is looking for in 2017.