Wauseon volleyball had a breakout season in 2017, finishing 18-5 overall and second to Swanton in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League.
It may be tough to duplicate with the loss of five talented seniors, but the Indians still have a solid foundation.
“Hoping for a better finish in both the league and tournament than last season. Excited for what the season will bring,” said head coach Bill Blanchong on his outlook for the season.
Leading the way for the Indians in 2018 are senior captains Lexi Sauber (NWOAL POY, District 7 POY, honorable mention All-Ohio) and Maddie Trejo (first team All-NWOAL, first team District 7). Also returning are juniors Sydney Zirkle and Kelcy Blanchong.
Coach Blanchong likes his team’s chemistry with one another, and says they have “grit.”
However, they will have to replace Karli Penrod (second team All-NWOAL, first team District 7), Chloe Lane (second team All-NWOAL, honorable mention District 7), Jen Sanders (honorable mention All-NWOAL, District 7), Reagan Spadafore (honorable mention District 7) and Maddie Martinez (honorable mention District 7).
Newcomers should help fill the void, and they are Tamera Smith, Skylar Reckner, Delanie Roush, Harlee Floss and Chelsie Raabe.
“Only 4 returning varsity players, need newcomers to fill in roles quickly,” said Blanchong on potential weaknesses for the season.
The sixth-year coach of the Indians hopes his squad takes nothing for granted this season.
“(The) NWOAL is always competitive, must show up to compete and win in every league match this year,” said Blanchong of the league race. “Only get one shot to defeat each team, need to make it count.”
Wauseon hosts Maumee Saturday at 12:15 p.m. to kick off the season.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010