2018 VARSITY LADY BUCCS: Sitting (L-R) - Maci White, Tori Quinter, Ellery Reck, Kellie Wright (Manager), Jennifer Fisher (Manager), Alyssa Kimmel, Makenna Gostomsky, Sophia Iddings. Standing (L-R) - Assistant Coach Lori Smith, Head Coach Lonnie Cain, Hillary Hoying, Marisa Fields, Lillian Hamilton, Olivia Mohler, Makenzee Maschino, Josie Crowell.
2018 LADY BUCCS VOLLEYBALL... With just two seniors, a youthful - yet determined - Covington volleyball team has aspirations of yet another exciting season in 2018.
COVINGTON - Lonnie Cain returns as Covington volleyball coach.
The Lady Buccs were 10-12 overall last year and 9-3 in the CCC.
Graduating off that team were Breanna Kimmel, Lindsey Kimmel and Legend Patty.
Returning letterwinners include seniors Lillian Hamilton and Makenna Gostomsky; juniors Olivia Mohler and Maci White; and sophomore Hillary Hoying.
"We have two seniors on this year's squad, so we are young," Cain said. "I am hoping to bring along some newcomers in the program quickly and get them into contributing roles. Last year, we were plagued with injuries, that will be a big concern of mine. Our goals will remain the same. Play hard and improve every time we step on the court."
The Buccs schedule is as tough as ever.
"It is very challenging," Cain said. "Outside of the Cross County Conference, we will be competing against some strong programs like Russia, Versailles, Anna, Jackson Center, Riverside, Lehman Catholic, Milton-Union and Brookville. My belief is playing better teams only makes you better. I feel like we will be improving along the way heading into the sectional tournament."
Cain expects the CCC to be tough again.
"Last year, we were dominated by Miami East, however we were competitive against the other two teams that finished above us in the CCC standings," Cain said. "I am very optimistic that we can finish near the top of the league again and be a contender for the top spot. There are an awful lot of variables for this season, so we need to wait and see."