After a productive offseason, the Archbold volleyball team is prepared to make some noise this season.
“We have a solid group of ladies returning from last season,” said head coach Jill Holdgreve of her team. “I know that they have learned a lot over last season and this summer. This group had gelled so well this summer. They have a sense of what each other’s strengths and weaknesses are, and they guide each other to make us better.”
Returning for the Bluestreaks are Gabby Nafziger, Blair Bucklew, Elee Kaymmeyer, Alexa Wilson, Brittani Becher, Lacie Henry, Kaitlyn Beck, Kayla Boettger, and Marli Cheney. They will also add newcomers Lauren Coressel, Olivia Smith, and Hadley Galvan.
“There are new athletes coming up with little varsity experience that will need to fill some big shoes left from last year,” said Holdgreve on potential weaknesses for the season. “Those ladies have been stepping up to any challenge given, and I’m sure will be a great asset as the season goes along.”
The Streaks are without four letter winners from last year’s squad. The biggest loss was Macey Rupp, who was first team All-Northwest Ohio Athletic League and second team in District 7. Other departed letter winners are Brooke Aeschliman (honorable mention All-NWOAL), Lauren Miller, and Taylor Miller (honorable mention All-NWOAL).
Despite finishing 1-7 in the league last season, Archbold will give it their best to capture a league title this season.
“The NWOAL will be competitive as always,” stated Holdgreve. “In the NWOAL, no team can ever be overlooked. We always are working for that league title and are going to put in the extra time and work to get there. The league has some great teams this year, and it will be a fun ride.”
Archbold’s season and home opener is Thursday, Aug. 23, against Ayersville.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010