Volleyball preview: Golden Eagles to leave their mark
By Jeff Gates
For The Madison Press
The end of an era.
This year, the Madison-Plains High School volleyball team is chockfull of seniors – eight in all – as the Eagles hope that experience leads them above their impressive record of 17-5 a year ago.
“They have played together for forever it seems like,” said MP coach Betsy Ames of her seniors. “They want to leave their mark on this league.”
This will be the last year in the South Central Ohio League for the Eagles. In 2011, their 11-1 record put them in a tie with Washington Court House for the league title.
“If they play the way they know how to play, they will be unbeatable,” Ames said. “Last year we lost in the sectionals – that’s not going to happen this year.”
Helping to make sure that isn’t going to happen are the eight seniors – Abby Ames, Abby Finney, Emily Blosser, Madison Betts, Morgan Clark, Kenley Jones, Jennifer Ernst, and Andrea Reisinger.
“Their athletic talent should carry them thru the season,” coach Ames said. “We should really go far.”
Joining the group of seniors will be juniors Brooke Ames and Delaney Bivens, as well as sophomore Kayla Thornsberry. Many of Ames’ players could play anywhere on the court, but she has the luxury of playing them where their strengths really lie.
“Our play at the net is our main strength, but we have some good defensive players too,” Ames said. “The main thing is that we need to be more consistent with serving.”
Ames is confident that even if her squad is faced with adversity, it will only make them stronger.
“These seniors – they don’t panic,” Ames said. “They will turn around and make something good come of it.”
Finally, although they were happy with sharing the league title last year, they want to take it one step farther this season.
“Their goal is not to have to share the league title,” Ames said. “Their love is volleyball.”