MHS volleyball ready to make another run
MARIETTA — With Ron Kidder at the helm, the Marietta High volleyball team has enjoyed a lot of success on the court.
The 2018 Ohio Division I District 13 Coach of the Year is set to begin his 10th year as the Tiger boss, and his squad looks as solid as usual.
“The team has been working hard all summer, Kidder said.
“We are pretty rounded this year.”
Marietta was well-rounded last year, too, compiling an 18-5 overall record.
The Tigers finished runners-up in the always-tough East Central Ohio League (ECOL).
From that team, MHS graduated five pretty good players in outside hitter Natalie Brooks, hitter Tia Jarvis, setter Morgan Connolly, libero Carlie Hamilton, and Vanessa Wilson.
Brooks, the District 13 Defensive Player of the Year, capped her senior season with a team-high 234 kills.
Connolly, the setter, finished with 560 assists, while Hamilton, the libero, had 241 digs. Both were District 13 honorees.
No question about it, Kidder has some big holes to plug on the VB hardwood.
Is he worried? Not a chance.
Senior hitter Hannah Kroft, a first team District 13 pick, is back, and she was second on the Tigers last fall in kills with 217. She also added 40 total blocks.
Senior Betsy Wriston, a District 13 honorable mention, and junior Sydney Wright are a couple of other returning hitters, who should take some of the pressure off Kroft.
Last season, Wriston was credited with 130 kills, while Wright had 127.
Marietta appears strong at the net, but those hitters are going to need someone to set them up. As it looks now, senior Kaitlyn McClead will be the setter. A year ago, she had 89 assists.
A couple of other Tiger netters to keep an eye on will be senior Alexus Carpenter and sophomore Maddy Muntz.
Last year, Carpenter finished with 103 digs and 140 returns, while Muntz as a frosh had 176 returns.
This season, Carpenter is expected to be a defensive specialist while Muntz will be the libero.
“We should be an exciting team to watch,” Kidder said. “Our goals are to have a winning season and to go far in the tournament.”
Ron Johnston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Head coach: Ron Kidder, 10th yr.
2018 record: 18-5, ECOL runner-up
2 Kaitlyn McClead, 33 Hannah Kroft, 14 Betsy Wriston, Brooke Copenhaver, 1 Alexus Carpenter, Jillian Middleton
21 Sydney Wright, Maddie Scharff, 24 Ally Mack
5 Maddy Muntz, Emily Arnold, Sophie Evans, McKenzie Wright
Aug. 22 ZANESVILLE 7 p.m.
Aug. 24 at Tornado Invite 10 a.m.
Aug. 27 at Coshocton 7 p.m.
Aug. 28 WARREN 7 p.m.
Aug. 29 at Meadowbrook 6:45 p.m.
Sept. 3 CAMBRIDGE 7 p.m.
Sept. 5 at New Philadelphia 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 at Logan 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 10 RIVER VIEW 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 DOVER 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 at River View 6:45 p.m.
Sept. 17 at Zanesville 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 COSHOCTON 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 MEIGS 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 24 MEADOWBROOK 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 at Cambridge 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 NEW PHILADELPHIA 7 p.m.
Oct. 8 at Dover 6:45 p.m.
Oct. 10 at Warren 5:30 p.m.