Goshen v-ball digs up SBC-A championship

November 22nd, 2008    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

Goshen’s varsity volleyball team garnered a share of the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division crown paced by a most talented group of seniors.

In addition, the Warriors were also a finalist in the Division III sectional tournament.

The co-champion Red and Gray were 17-5 overall and 13-1 in the conference.

The members of the Goshen varsity volleyball team are, front row from left, Kaitlyn Tucker and Sarah Barrial; middle row, Brooke Catauro, Melanie Constable, and Amanda Simms; back row, assistant coach Hillary Gatio, Aja Petit, Stephanie fiscus, Mariah Gray, Brittany Messer, and head coach Lisa Smith.
"We had a lot of record breakers this year," said Lisa Smith, varsity volleyball head coach at Goshen.

"We had a tremendous output from our seniors and our two juniors and one sophomore."

Among the records broken were having a believed best-ever record, reaching the sectional finals, and some individual highlights.

Senior middle hitter Mariah Gray was one of the Greater Cincinnati leaders with her impressive total of 286 kills. Senior setter Stephanie Fiscus made 495 assists. Senior libero Amanda Simms made 300 digs.

Other Warrior standouts were senior outside hitter Brittany Messer and her superb "overall play", senior outside hitter Melanie Constable was "steady and dependent."

Sophomore outside hitter Sarah Barrial who was "good all-around," and freshman outside hitter Kaitlyn Tucker who was "a good utility player."

Junior middle hitter Aja Petit and junior setter Brooke Catauro were described as "very important" to Goshen's success.

"They worked so well together. They complemented each other. This was a good combination of players," Smith said in describing reasons for the success of her charges.

"We'll be competitive again next year, but it's going to be somewhat tougher for us. Some of the other teams in the league will be much-improved with a lot of good, young talent coming back," Smith said.
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