Williamsburg was the final survivor of Clermont County’s high school varsity girls volleyball teams in tournament competition. The Wildcats, no stranger in making a trip to Dayton, qualified again for the Division IV District Tournament.
The Wildcats called it a season with an overall slate of 10-10, 7-8 in the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division following a 25-7, 25-3, 25-11 loss to Sidney Lehman Catholic, the defending state champion, in the Division IV District Tournament that took place at Vandalia Butler High School.
“We won two games in the tournament which shows again we can play very well against schools our size. We were the best team in our sectional,” said head coach Ed Stewart, a Clermont County volleyball legend achieved for many years of league and tourney crowns.
“I can’t be more proud of this bunch of girls. They never gave up. They stepped up all year. These girls were not afraid to work hard in both their school work and sports.”
The Wildcats were led by a trio of seniors – middle hitter Jacquie Chambers, outside hitter Lyndsi Gilbert, and defensive specialist and server Jamie Elam who actually began the season as the team manager. The juniors were setter Jesi Herren, outside hitter Josi Herren, and libero Molly McCullough. The sophomores were outside hitter Kaetha Frost and middle hitter Heather Brown. The freshman member of the varsity was outside hitter Amy Brown.
“I’m very enthused about next year. I think we’ll do very well. We have a lot of good varsity girls coming back and we also have good kids on the eighth grade and reserve teams. These kids have shown me they want to work hard and get better,” Stewart said.
For two of the Division I schools, next year’s volleyball season looks promising.
Milford (7-16 overall, 3-6 Greater Miami Conference) had a new head coach, Doug Walters, who enjoyed much success in his previous head coaching position at Eastern High School in Brown County.
“Having a new coach and a new system, it takes some getting used to,” said Walters. “We’re building a program from the grass roots level. There’s a lot of volleyball talent here.”
Walters said junior setter/outside hitter Allie Strong did a “phenomenal job”. Others mentioned for superb performances were junior middle hitter Heidi Swensen, junior outside hitters Amanda and Brittany Key, and senior setter Sarah Elsen.
“We going to be starting a junior olympic program here to build our program,” said Walters. “I expect us to have a very successful season next year. The junior varsity, the freshmen, and the junior high teams had very successful seasons this year