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HEAD COACH: Kendra Lease (6th year, 55-61).
2008 RECORD: 8-16 overall/3-6 Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Julia Kagy, sr.; Lauren Phillips, sr.; Kaci Miller, jr.; Shana Hay, sr.
TOP PROSPECTS: Julia Kagy, sr.; Lauren Phillips, sr.; Kaci Miller, jr.; Shana Hay, sr.
NOTABLE: The Tigers will have to work on developing some depth during the earlier part of the season to be successful inside the tough MAL.
HEAD COACH: Jane Johnston (2nd year, 6-15).
2008 RECORD: 6-15 overall, 4-6 Greater Buckeye Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Kylee Greenwood, sr.; Madison Mackay, sr.; Kortni Backensto, jr.; Gabby Huebner, jr.; Kayla Hall, jr.; Madison Carpenter, jr.
TOP PROSPECTS: Loren Bollinger, fr.
NOTABLE: Setter Kylee Greenwood is a returning all-conference setter for the Presidents.
HEAD COACH: Mark Bunn (4th year, 48-25)
2008 RECORD: 17-8 overall, 8-1 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Lauren Clark, sr., DS; Erika Stacy, sr., L; Rachel Adolph, jr., OH; Jessica Borsani, jr., S; Taylor Miller, jr., OH; Kaitlyn Endicott, so., OH; Sara Roth, so., S.
TOP PROSPECTS: Samantha Benson, sr., MH; Madison Grant, sr., MH; Shelby Heitmeyer, sr., DS; Callie Bays, jr., OH; Kayln Leeper, jr., OH.
NOTABLE: The Black Knights should be a force in the BVC with seven letterwinners returning including junior Rachel Adolph, a first team BVC and district selection a season ago. Adolph has a shot to break the Van Buren career record for kills and Erika Stacy has a chance to top the single-season digs record.
HEAD COACH: Krissy Cheslock (4th year, 27-38)
2008 RECORD: 11-9 overall, 4-4 Northwest Ohio Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Hailey Phillips, sr., MH; Ashley Christman, sr., OH; Brooke Yungmann, sr., L/DS; Jenna Badenhop, sr., OH/RS; Kelsey Wright, sr., DS/L; Jessie Moll, jr., S.
TOP PROSPECTS: Tori Meyer, jr., S/OH; Megan Michaelis, jr., MH; Karly Nickels, sr., RS/MH; Alicia Mendizabel, sr., OH/RS.
NOTABLE: Hailey Phillips will be counted on to lead Patrick Henry in 2009. Phillips, a second team NWOAL and district selection, hammered 175 kills, 83 blocks and 76 digs.
HEAD COACH: Diana Musgrave (1st year)
2008 RECORD: 14-11 overall, 4-5 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Lauren Pepple, sr., OH/MH; Laura Beach, sr., OH; Mary Price, sr., S; Tara Rettig, sr., L/DS; Tina Brunswick, jr., S; Jordan Drerup, jr., OH/RH; Taylor Beck, jr., MH; Amelia Recker, so., MH/RH.
TOP PROSPECTS: Mackenzie Heacock, jr., RH; Alivia Recker, so.
NOTABLE: After a solid season overall in 2008, the Arlington will look to move up the ladder in the BVC as the Red Devils return eight letterwinners from last year’s squad. Lauren Pepple, a first team BVC and district selection, has a chance to break Arlington’s career kill record.
HEAD COACH: Yvette Schroeder (1st year)
2008 RECORD: 24-3 overall/12-2 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Chelsea Gerten, sr., OH; Abby Klinebriel, sr., S; Alyson Brecht, jr., MH; Molly Ellerbrock, soph., OH/L
TOP PROSPECTS: Erin Schroeder, jr., OH; Emily Kaufman, sr., OH; Olivia Brown, jr., L; Emily Gerten, soph., S; Lyndsay Krinke, soph., OH; Ashley Rieman, soph., MH.
NOTABLE: With four returning letterwinners and six top prospects Leipsic is headed on the road to another successful season.
HEAD COACH: Bob Moran (1st year)
2008 RECORD: 5-18 overall/1-13 Northern Ohio League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Melanie Nye, sr.; Katonya Lawson, jr.; Megan Manns, jr.; Allyson Beechum, jr.; Raina White, jr.
TOP PROSPECTS: Lisa Burns, sr.; Tiffany Jackson, jr.; Alexis Cain, jr.
NOTABLE: Bob Moran is ready to turn this volleyball team around and put them back on the winning path with alot of hard work and motivation.
HEAD COACH: Cindy Walerius (6th year, 77-40)
2008 RECORD: 20-3 overall/8-2 Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Paula Kelbley, sr., OH; Ashley Reinhart, sr., S/OH; Emma Ladd, jr., MH; Shana Scherger, jr., Def. Spec.; Amber Mathias, jr., MH; Paige Noftz, soph., Def. Spec.
TOP PROSPECTS: Jami Wagner, sr., OH; Brooke Scherger, soph., S; Stacey Wank, soph., OH; Breanna Hanna, jr., MH.
NOTABLE: New Riegel will be returning First Team MAL and Second Team District 6 player Paula Kelbley along with Second Team MAL Ashley Reinhart and Honorable Mention MAL Emma Ladd.
HEAD COACH: Leslie Kahle (6th year).
2008 RECORD: 7-16 overall, 4-5 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Brenna Davis, sr., OH; Nikki Griffith, sr., MH; Kayla Joy, sr., L; Megan Joy, sr., OH; Kayla Spoon, sr. RH; Jackie Leppelmeier, jr., OH; Abbie Joy, soph., MH; Devyn Wilson, soph.
TOP PROSPECTS: Hannah Bundy, fr., S/L; Briana Herr, soph., MH; Becca Leppelmeier, fr., OH.
NOTABLE: With 11 letterwinners back the Panthers are hoping to challenge for the BVC title. Griffith (179 kills), Davis (165) and Leppelmeier (153) all smashed more than 100 kills last season and all earned all-conference honors in 2008.
HEAD COACH: Sally Kloepfer (1st year).
2008 RECORD: 0-23 overall/0-9 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Dustie Ward, sr.; Morgan Hotelling, sr.; Ashley Parsell, jr.; Amber Kloepfer, jr.; Krista Wisner, jr.; Savannah Engard, soph.; Emilee Reed, soph.
TOP PROSPECTS: Logan Frey, fr.; Kelsi Ward, fr.; Payton Amesquita, fr.; Abi Blair, fr.; Taylor Kloepfer, fr.; Brittney Massie, fr.; Abby Grubbs, soph.; Jennifer Hendricks, soph.; Sabrina Hesson, soph.; Brooklyn Gibson, soph.; Melissa Hall, jr.
NOTABLE: With a new coach the Wildcats will be working hard to get back on the winning track and being successful this season.
HEAD COACH: Kelly Lepley (1st year)
2008 RECORD: 20-4 overall/8-1 Northwest Conference/5-1 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Mackenzie Vorst, sr., MH; Jena Diller, sr., OH; Paige Gerdeman, sr., S; Kelsey McCluer, sr., L; Casey Osterhage, sr., RH.
TOP PROSPECTS: Stephanie Etzkorn, jr., OH; Emily Karhoff, jr., L; Rachael Stechschulte, jr., RH; Nicole Langhals, soph., DS/S.
NOTABLE: After a great 2008 season the Bulldogs are returning five experienced letterwinners to lead this team. Vorst is the top returnee, she slammed 510 kills for CG last season.
HEAD COACH: Morgan Ammons (1st year)
2008 RECORD: 13-11 overall/4-6 Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Lauren Jacoby, jr., OH; Morgan Draper, jr., OH; Brye Johnson, sr., L.
TOP PROSPECTS: Lauren Jacoby, jr., OH; Brye Johnson, sr., L; Hannah Tong, fr., MB.
NOTABLE: Carey returns three letterwinners from last season. These three will be the leaders and play makers on the court this year.
HEAD COACH: Susan Rossman (2nd year, 12-12)
2008 RECORD: 12-12 overall/4-5 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Audrey Inniger, sr.; Ashley Flanigan, sr.; Lynsey Harris, sr.; Lauren Hector, jr.; Kayla Rossman, jr.
TOP PROSPECTS: Lauren Rettig, sr., RH; Alec Helms, sr., DS; Desiree Alge, jr., RS/DS; Courtney Kitter, soph., S; Kresana Ward, soph., DS; Tricia Flanigan, soph., OH/RS; Tessa Heitmeyer, fr., OH/RS.
NOTABLE: Cory-Rawson has the depth on the bench this season and should be strong. The Hornets are also returning Third Team BVC Ashley Flanigan.
HEAD COACH: Ann Ellerbrock (8th year, 213-45).
2008 RECORD: 16-8 overall/7-2 Western Buckeye League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Mara Jacobs, sr., setter; Hannah Kaufman, jr., libero; Melissa Verhoff, jr., outside hitter.
TOP PROSPECTS: Sara Basinger, jr., right hitter; Samantha Maag, soph., outside hitter; Shannon Roof, jr., middle hitter; Jill Recker, soph., middle hitter.
NOTABLE: The Titans are returning three letterwinners from last season. These three will have to be the leaders of the team to have a successful year.
HEAD COACH: Susan Jones (2nd year).
2008 RECORD: 11-11 overall/3-3 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Chelsea Ditto, sr., libero; Samantha Modica, sr., middle hitter; Melany Honigford, sr., setter; Holly Heitmeyer, sr., middle hitter; Shelby Roney, sr., utility; Tasha Kaufman, jr., setter/outside hitter; Jamie Rieger, jr., outisde hitter.
TOP PROSPECTS: Gayle Rayman, jr., utility; Megan Bendele, soph., middle hitter.
NOTABLE: Susan Jones has high expectations for her girls this season. The Big Green would like to push perennial powers Kalida and Leipsic for the PCL crown this season.
HEAD COACH: Cliff Koenig (6th year, 44-70).
2008 RECORD: 9-15 overall/1-5 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Dana Otto, sr.; Marcie Palte, sr.; Taylor Kruse, sr.; Kara Vennekotter, jr.
TOP PROSPECTS: Mindy Riepenhoff, jr.; Olivia Rump, jr.; Sarah Carpenter, jr.; Emily Doster, soph.; Courtney Niese, soph.; Toni Steffan, soph.; Ali Lammers, soph.
NOTABLE: Miller City’s upper classmen will need to accept the leadership role and help groom the underclassmen along the season as the season progresses. They play a tough schedule and will have to develop quickly to be competitive.
HEAD COACH: Eric Hoover (6th year, 105-18)
2008 RECORD: 20-4 overall/8-2 Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Niki Elchert, Sr., middle hitter; Lindsay Bloom, Sr., setter; Molli Cartwright, Soph., outside hitter.
TOP PROSPECTS: Ashley Cooper, Soph., outside hitter/setter; Sarah Parker, Fr., middle hitter; Ashley Parker, Fr., outside hitter; Kalli Luttring, Jr., defensive specialist; Lyndsey Trusty, Fr., defensive specialist; Kristen Weininger, Soph., outside hitter; Sara Shellhorn, Soph., outside hitter; Lauren Fredritz, Jr., defensive specialist.
NOTABLE: Since the Warriors graduated seven players from last season they will be working on rebuilding with a solid group of freshman and sophomores and being led by two experienced seniors.
HEAD COACH: Erin Dircksen (2nd year, 45-8)
2008 RECORD: 21-4 overall, 10-0 Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Brittany Egbert, sr.; Brianna Richey, sr.; Mary Ellen McAllister, sr.; Liz Bentz, sr.; Alexis Creeger, sr.; Meghan Scheraer, jr.; Maggie Yost, jr.; Jess Livesay, jr.; Jess Dull, soph.; Alicia Frank, soph.; Eva Tanner, soph.
NOTABLE: Look out. Hopewell-Loudon won the MAL with a perfect 10-0 record and the entire team returns for Dircksen‘s third season as head coach.
HEAD COACH: Ron Coleman (1st year).
2008 RECORD: 4-17 overall, 2-7 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Sarah Flinn, jr., OH; Grace Poling, jr., L; Taylor Spearman, jr., MH; Natasha Ratliff, jr., OH; Lauren Hoffman, soph., OH; Chelsea Motter, jr., S; Lauren Bowsher, sr., DS; Shelby Stump, jr., OH.
TOP PROSPECTS: Peyton Bame, jr., DS/OH; Olivia Sampson, soph., S; Cheyenne Flowers, sr., DS.
NOTABLE: With eight returning letter winners look for the Polar Bears to climb the ladder in the Blanchard Valley Conference this season. They are still young though with just a pair of seniors on the roster and they will field a full freshman team this season.
HEAD COACH: Heidi Mekus (2nd year, 10-13)
2008 RECORD: 10-13 overall.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Beth Behnfeldt, sr., H/DS; Amanda Lather, sr., L; Chelsea Ludeman, sr., H; Brittany Musgrave, sr., S; Jessica Schwab, sr., DS; Brittany Edwards, jr., H; Megan Zachrich, jr., S/H; Katie Hesterman, jr., H.
TOP PROSPECTS: Beth Behnfeldt, sr., H/DS; Amanda Lather, sr., L.
NOTABLE: Napoleon will look to improve on last season’s 10-13 record as eight starters return.
HEAD COACH: Jeremy Stober (12th year, 174-78)
2008 RECORD: 19-4 overall, 6-0 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Julia Fuerst, sr., 6-1, MH; Stacie Heitmeyer, sr.. 5-5, L; Trisha Horstman, sr., 5-9, OH; Amy Hamburg, sr., 5-9, OH; Emily Turnwald, jr., 5-7, S/RH .
TOP PROSPECTS: Brandi Mershman, so., 5-10, RH; Haley McIntyre, so., 5-10, MH; Halie Zenz, so., 5-7, S; Jill Wehri, jr., 5-7, OH; Christy Ellerbrock, jr., 5-6, S/DS.
NOTABLE: Coming off of two straight Putnam County League Championships, Kalida appears to be strong again, especially at the net. But if the Wildcats are to have success in 2009, the teams ball control and team defense will need to improve.
HEAD COACH: Julie Nofziger (7th year)
2008 RECORD: 7-1 in Northwest Ohio Athletic Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Devin Newman, sr., 5-8, MH; Emily Snyder, sr., 5-10, MH; Stacy Wyse, sr., 5-7, S; Hailey Galvan, sr., 6-1, R; Andrea Allan, sr, 5-5, OH; Alyssa Schaub, jr., 5-6, OH.
TOP PROSPECTS: Betsy Wyse, sr., 5-10, MH/OH; Jenna Nofziger, sr., 5-2, DS/S; Mindy Wyse, sr., 5-4, OH/DS; Brittany Coressel, sr., 5-3, DS; Sarah Wyse, jr., 5-7, S; Nicole Hurst, jr., 5-8, MH/OH.
NOTABLE: Archbold has a lot of experience returning with five senior letterwinners returning. Stacy Wyse was a first team All-NWOAL and first team District 7 selection.