WALNUT HILLS – New Walnut Hills High School volleyball coach Nick Toth knew the Eastern Cincinnati Conference would be tough and has had his thoughts confirmed in his first month of games.
The Lady Eagles started by winning two of their first three non-conference games against Winton Woods and Fairfield. Once the ECC began, the games became more competitive. Walnut was never blown out, but the points didn’t come as easy.
“This league’s done very well,” Toth said. “Anderson’s beat some big schools and Turpin and Loveland have had some big wins. The league’s strong and we’re going to do our best to hang in there.”
Toth knows many area players as he formerly was a freshman coach at Seton in the Girls Greater Catholic League. He has also coached club for Cincinnati Thunder and collegiate club volleyball at the University of Dayton.
He believes he can find and attract skilled athletes to add to the players he inherited.
“We already had a lot of good girls at Walnut,” Toth said. “We’re just trying to get them into a system and program where they can thrive. The talent’s there, we’re trying to get everyone to a point where the results are there too.”
Seniors at Walnut Hills are Giselle Coleman, Janice Donaldson, Gabrielle Beyrer and senior captains Molly Coughlan and Meredith Shaw.
“It’s always nice when you get a job somewhere to have two 6-foot-1, 6-2 seniors,” Toth said. “Molly’s already committed to Southern Mississippi next year. She’s played at a real high level all over the country. She had a pretty big variety to choose from and they offered the major she wanted.”
Others could play at the next level as sophomore hitter Curran Murray, junior right-side hitter/middle blocker Mickaila Cleary and junior Taelor Hairston have put up some numbers. Sophomore hitter Megan McCreary also starts along with sophomore libero Lexi Kontsis.
The team has also made adjustments as former hitter Gabrielle Beyrer switched to setter for her senior year. She’s made the transition smoothly and was fourth in the ECC in assists at press time.
Upcoming games for the Lady Eagles are home with Anderson Sept. 24 and at Loveland Sept. 29.
The West Side real estate attorney is happy with the real estate he’s provided at Walnut Hills. Many of the facilities have been upgraded in recent years to help attract student-athletes.
“It’s always nice to have a new gym,” Toth said smiling.