Williamsburg and Goshen, members of the Southern Buckeye Conference, have of late, been the biggest winners among Clermont County’s high school varsity volleyball teams. Amelia, Glen Este, and Milford, members of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference, have been playing tough throughout the season, too.
The Wildcats are a member of the National (small school) Division of the Southern Buckeye Conference and the Warriors are a member of the American (big school) Division of the Southern Buckeye Conference. The Barons are a member of the Cardinal Division of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference and the Trojans and the E-Gals are members of the Buckeye Division of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference.
The Wildcats swept Georgetown's G-Women in Southern Buckeye Conference National Division play 25-13, 25-7, 25-18. Felicity also lost to the Blue and White in National Division play of the Southern Buckeye Conference 25-14, 25-10, 25-9. Arch-rival Batavia could not stop the onslaught of the Williamsburg girls 25-19, 25-14, 25-14. This battle between next-door neighbors was a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division showdown.
Cincinnati Country Day's Indians took a loss 25-8, 25-16 as did Blanchester's Wildcats 25-18, 25-18, 25-23. Summit Country Day's Silver Knights beat 'Burg 23-25, 26-24, 25-16. The Country Day games were non-conference and Blan was a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division battle.
The Warriors won out over Western Brown 25-15, 25-16, 25-19 in American Division action of the Southern Buckeye Conference. The Red and Gray also took care of Clermont Northeastern in yet another Southern Buckeye Conference American Division game. The girls from Owensville and Newtonsville were downed 25-18, 25-6, 25-6.
Goshen gored Northwest's Knights 25-19, 25-7 and toppled before Turpin's Spartans 25-11, 25-16. Both were non-conference games.
"We've been playing pretty consistently well. It helps that they've been together as a squad for a while and that they are very familiar with each other," said Lisa Smith, head coach of the Warrior netters.
Amanda Simms and Stephanie Fiscus, both seniors, have been the best of the Goshen servers. Fiscus is regarded as one of the 10 best setters in Greater Cincinnati. Mariah Gray, a senior, is a team leader in kills along with Aja Petitt, a junior. Gray and Simms have been the best at digging for the ball along with Melanie Constable, a senior. The best blocker at the net has been Brittany Messer, a senior.
Smith is not too surprised her charges are playing so well and are in the thick of the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division race.
"We have five seniors back from last year's team. They are very motivated to reach their goal of winning the league," Smith concluded.
The Trojans won an all-night long showdown over arch-rival Amelia 26-24, 25-20, 25-21. This was non-division action between sister schools in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference. The Purple and White was outlasted in yet another all-nighter by Loveland's Tigers in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division confrontation, 27-25, 23-25, 27-25, 28-26.
Glen Este beat Mount Healthy's Owls 25-11, 25-14, 23-25, 25-17, Norwood's Indians 25-6, 25-17, 24-26, 25-12, and Western Brown 25-18, 25-23. Each was a non-conference encounter. Turpin's Spartans sunk GE 25-18, 25-22, 25-18 in a non-division game of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference.
"We're very young and inexperienced. The girls are nice and they are working hard, but we just can't finish," said Glen Este head volleyball coach Cheryl Korfhagen.
The coach of the Purple and White praised the leadership being provided by her four seniors - Ashley Arnold, Lauren Hermanns, Jessica Houck, and Kaylee Phillips.
Phillips leads the Trojans with the best serving percentage and in kills with 83. Dani Porter, a sophomore, has served 28 aces. She and Hermanns are the assist leaders and the former tops the Trojans in digs along with Kristine Fultz, a freshman. Katelyn Fee, a junior, has made the most blocks at the net for GE with 45 and Taylor Herrmann, a freshman, is also a GE leader in serving and digs.
"I'm definitely seeing improvement every day. They have the skills, they just can not put it together on the floor," Korfhagen concluded.
The E-Gals, in very fierce fought non-conference competition, levelled Indian Hill's Braves (former Eastern Hills League rival) 15-25, 25-18, 8-25, 25-23, 16-14. In more non-conference play, Lakota East's Thunderhawks (former Greater Miami Conference rival) outflew the E-Gals 25-10, 25-16, 25-20. In the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division, Harrison's Wildcats over ran the Red and White 25-23, 25-9, 25-23.
Milford sunk Princeton's Vikings 25-5, 25-11, 25-9. The E-Gals lost to Sycamore's Aviators 25-18, 20-25, 25-19, 20-25, 15-10, in an all-nighter, and Colerain's Cardinals 25-9, 7-25, 25-15. All were non-conference confrontations.
The Barons lost in Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division action to King's Knights 25-12, 25-14, 25-16. In a Fort Ancient Valley Conference non-division encounter, Loveland's Tigers defeated the Blue and White 25-21, 25-19, 25-19.
Amelia was red hot in the first week of the season with victories over Ross' Rams 23-25, 25-20, 25-14, Western Hills' Mustangs (no score reported), Middletown Madison's Mohawks (no score reported), Western Brown's Broncos 25-19, 25-15, 25-19, and Williamsburg 25-13, 25-14, 25-18. All were non-conference games.
The Bulldogs won out in non-conference competition over Mariemont's Warriors 25-17, 25-22. Returning to the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division, the Green and White suffered a set back from East Clinton's Astros 25-20, 19-25 25-14, 25-16.
Batavia overpowered Felicity 25-14, 25-14, 25-17 in the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division.
The Lions took it on the chin from Western Brown 25-12, 22-25, 25-15, 25-20. The Brown and Gold's triumph came in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division.
The Red and Black enjoyed a good opening week, and New Richmond's best start in many years, with triumphs over Deer Park's Wildcats 20-25, 28-26, 25-15, 25-18 and Clermont Northeastern, in a long showdown, 25-23, 25-27, 25-14, 18-25, 15-12. The former was a non-conference game and the latter was in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division.
The Tigers were caged by North Adam's Green Devils 25-4, 25-13, 25-15. This game was a non-conference tilt.
The Red and Gray was discolored by Mariemont's Warriors 25-19, 25-23, 25-23 and Western Brown 21-25, 25-11, 25-12, 25-24 in Week One of the campaign. The former was non-conference and the latter was in the American Division of the Southern Buckeye Conference.
The Rockets were upended in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division by Western Brown 25-17, 25-15, 25-19.