Young Fayette volleyball team preparing for season

Although they are still very young, the Fayette volleyball team is hard at work on improving for the upcoming season.

“These girls are showing up to practice every day and working hard to get better,” said head coach Brenda Wagner. “The group is very coachable and we hope that will translate into a successful season.

“With such a young team, our biggest goal is to improve throughout the season and be in a position to make a run come tournament time.”

A notable returnee for the Eagles is senior Bailee Smith who was second team All-BBC and honorable mention in District 7 last season. Their other returning letter winner is junior Mataya Rufenacht.

They will have to replace departed letter winners Kelsey Fruchey (second team All-BBC), McKenzee Schaffner (honorable mention All-BBC), Kaitlin Brubaker and Kylie Dennison.

Looking to help fill that void are newcomers Kylie Mapes, Brylee Riegsecker, Dakota Blosser and Trista Fruchey.

The main concern for the Eagles is whether or not their young players can get up to speed fast enough.

“We are very young this season with only one senior and two starters from last year returning,” said Wagner. “We are also very small with only 14 total girls for both squads.”

If they continue to improve every day, Wagner feels they should be able to compete in the Buckeye Border Conference.

“The league looks to be pretty strong this year so we are pushing to compete every single game and finish in the top half of the BBC,” she said.

Fayette begins the season with a game at Delta on Monday.

Staff Report