The Scott High School volleyball team lost only one senior from last year’s high-flying team that broke many school records. That loss is a key one in Jenna Trimpe, who commandeered the setter position for multiple years and will be hard to replace early in the season for the Eagles.
“The girls got better in the offseason,” said head coach Andrea Sullivan. “We just need to adjust to our new setter. We have multiple girls who can put the ball and we can spread out offense out. And we need to (do that) more.”
The Eagles are coming off a 2014 season in which they went 38-5, winning their second-straight 10th Region championship before reaching the state semifinals for the first time. Returning starters include senior Jessica Tapp, sophomore Kelly Franxman, senior Morgan Berning, senior Holly Kallmeyer and senior Allie Bishop.
Tapp, the team’s leading hitter and one of the top ones in the area, has committed to Georgetown College. Franxman is also drawing a lot of college interest. Sarah Farrell is the fifth senior in the rotation. Sullivan, a former Scott standout herself, enters her 13th season with a 265-160 record.
Scott hosts Conner Sept. 3 before hosting the annual Scott September Slam Sept. 4-5. Then, the Eagles go to rival Simon Kenton Sept. 8. “Defensively, we need to do better and pass better out of serve-receiver so we can our offense more efficiently,” she said.
Simon Kenton was 19-17 last year and 32nd District champions, and have a new head coach this year in Danah Hacker. The Pioneers were Eighth Region semifinalists and graduated seven seniors but have a senior-loaded roster with seven this season. SK plays in the Scott September Slam Sept. 4-5 then turns around and hosts the rival Eagles Sept. 8 before playing a district match at Williamstown Sept. 10.
Holmes was 8-18 last season for returning head coach Meghan Dean. The Bulldogs graduated three seniors and have three this year in Katlin Ashcraft, Cori Lewis and Labreya Pouncy. Holmes plays at Newport Sept. 8 and has its next home match Sept. 15 against Covington Latin.
Holy Cross was 6-19 last season for veteran head coach Becky Houston, who returns six seniors in Emilee Blanchet, Catherine Ehlman, Morgan Gabbard, Madison Krumpelman, Carley Lampke and Ally Niehaus. HC hosts Lloyd Sept. 3.
Covington Latin has six seniors for head coach Darlene Bossett in Christina Binkowski, Anna Dressman, Emma Foster, Julia Harrison, Angela Warning and Anna Wells. Latin is 2-2 in the early going and plays at Heritage Sept. 3. The Trojans won six matches last year.
Calvary Christian has two seniors in Caity Floyd and Kristen North for returning head coach Emily Brummett. Calvary is 4-5 in the early going and plays at Brossart Sept. 10. The Cougars won 11 matches last year.
Ludlow was 22-9 last season for head coach Jodi Schmidt, who begins her 15th season with the Panthers. She has four returning starters in senior Mariah Green, senior Hailey Lillard, junior Haley Turner and freshman Madi Stansberry. Top newcomers start with junior Haley Warndorf and freshman Maria Hernandez.
“We have a core group of players returning that have received some valuable varsity experience the past few years,” Schmidt said. “Even though our bench is very young and most of the players lack varsity experience, they have been working very hard and showing significant improvement.”
Ludlow hosts Brossart Sept. 9 and plays at Dixie Heights Sept. 10.
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