Goshen, Williamsburg, New Richmond, and Glen Este have lately been the major winners of the Clermont County high school girls varsity volleyball scene.
Goshen is contesting hard and strong in a very close race with Western Brown for the title in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division (SBC-A).
“This season has not been so much a surprise to me. They have been determined from the beginning of the season to win the conference,” said Lisa Smith, the head coach of Goshen’s varsity netters.
Her team is a surprise to most fans of county high school volleyball, the varsity Warriors do not have one senior on the roster.
Junior middle hitter Mariah Gray is the Red and Gray's leader in kills. Junior outside hitter Melanie Constable is a team leader with smashing aces. Junior libero Amanda Simms is handling the back line and serve receiving well. Junior setter Stephanie Fiscus is not only doing well at her position, but is one of Goshen's best leaders. Junior middle hitter Brittany Messer has been turning in a good all-around performance. Sophomores Aja Petit and Brooke Catauro have stepped in and played various much needed roles very well.
"We really want to win the league and then to make a good showing in the sectional," Smith said.
"If everybody stays healthy and stays in good condition and plays a lot of volleyball during the off season, the expectations for our program are good," she concluded.
Goshen won two of its three games in the quadrangular meet the Warriors hosted. Victories came over Clinton-Massie's Falcons 26-24, 19-25, 25-20 and Madeira's Mustangs (Amazons) 25-22, 25-16. In SBC non-division play, Blanchester's Wildcats fell to the Warriors' attack 24-26, 25-18, 25-12, 25-12. In their only road game of late the Red and Gray won out over Batavia's Bulldogs in another SBC non-division bout 25-23, 25-9, 25-20.
Williamsburg returned from the Ohio River with a victory over New Richmond's Lions 25-9, 25-18, 25-21. This was an SBC non-division contest. The Wildcats outlasted Western Brown's Broncos in a non-division SBC showdown 25-21, 25-18, 20-25, 18-25, 15-9. Bethel-Tate's Tigers succumbed to the visiting Blue and White's surge 25-19, 25-9, 11-25, 25-19. To close out recent games, 'Burg beat the visiting perennial SBC-A contender, the Clermont Northeastern Rockets, 25-12, 25-14, 25-10.
New Richmond overpowered its guest, the Georgetown G-Women, 25-12, 20-25, 25-13, 25-18 in non-division SBC play. The Green and White of Batavia fell before the Lions' assault in the county seat 25-6, 25-16, 25-23.
Glen Este won all three of its games in the Goshen quadrangular. The Trojans defeated the host Warriors 25-18, 25-15, Madeira 25-20, 25-16, and Clinton-Massie 13-25, 25-19, 25-23. Winton Woods' Warriors were no match for the Purple and White in Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye (FAVC-B) Division play at GE 25-13, 25-15, 25-15. Glen Este lost a couple of road games in the FAVC-B. The first was to Harrison's Wildcats 25-12, 25-20, 25-21 and the second was to Loveland's Tigers 26-23, 25-19, 25-17.
Clermont Northeastern's Rockets won a SBC non-division confrontation at Batavia over Clermont's county seaters 19-25, 19-25, 25-22, 25-17, 15-13.
Milford handed its guest, Glen Este, a FAVC-B 25-16, 25-17, 25-20 setback. The E-Gals were on the short side in three other FAVC-B battles. The first defeat was to the visiting Anderson Redskins 25-17, 16-25, 25-14, 25-16; the second setback to the host Loveland Tigers 25-14, 27-25, 25-22, and the final to Harrison's visiting Wildcats 25-15, 15-25, 25-20, 25-19.
Batavia outlasted St. Bernard's Titans in non-conference action (only a partial score was reported) 25-27, 25-22, 25-22. Western Brown beat the visiting Green and White in non-division SBC play 25-16, 25-18, 25-20. In non-conference contests, the Bulldogs lost at Summit Country Day to the Silver Knights 25-5, 25-23 and in what must have been an all-night thriller to the White Oak Wildcats on the losers' hardwood 25-9, 22-25, 25-20, 24-26, 18-16.
Amelia was upended by the guest Kings Knights 25-11, 25-18, 25-11 in a FAVC-Cardinal Division encounter.