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Season opens this weekend for MHS girls volleyball

Posted on: August 17, 2017

SETTING THE SCENE:  Head Coach Melissa Downs returns for her second year at the helm of the MHS girls varsity volleyball program.  The Eagles are coming off a year of rebuilding as the team rallied at the end of the 2016 season for fifth-place in the ECC with a 5-9 conference record and 7-15 overall.  While last year’s squad was young, Coach Downs looks forward to a more experienced and confident team in 2017.


TEAM PREVIEW:  The 2017 squad returns a number of players from last year’s team who gained valuable varsity experience.   Three seniors return, including Tatum Skladany, Ava Stokes and Lisa Sullivan.  Sullivan, who has already committed to play at USMA at West Point, was named first team all-conference in both 2015 and 2016 and ended the season in the top ten of the ECC in both serves and digs.

Junior Erica Sharp and sophomore Abby Thierauf are back as well, both of whom received postseason recognition last season.  Sharp was selected to the all-conference second team after ending the season ranked tied for fifth in blocks and twelfth in serves, while Thierauf received all-conference honorable mention in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference. 

The remaining roster includes juniors Molly Buck, Cami Malott, Abby Soutter and Lindsey Strathman who will be joined by sophomores Kristen Bales and Angie Kapitula.


THE WEEK AHEAD:  The season opens with three non-conference matchups, including a trip to McNicholas, #5 in the Division II preseason poll.

  • Saturday, 8/19:                   Talawanda High School @ Milford, 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, 8/22:                     Sycamore High School @ Milford, 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, 8/26:                   Milford @ McNicholas High School, 12:00 pm


POLL WATCH:  For at least the third consecutive year, Mt. Notre Dame opens the weekly Cincinnati Enquirer Division I preseason coaches’ poll at the top, followed by Mason, Ursuline Academy and St. Ursula.  The ECC’s Loveland enters the year in fifth, and is the only conference program ranked in the top ten.  Lakota East, Mercy, Lakota West, Seton and McAuley round out the top ten.  Milford opens the year receiving five votes, while Anderson (13), Turpin (8), Kings (6), and Walnut Hills (1) each received votes in the preseason poll as well.