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Lady Lions putting the pieces together

LAMOILLE — Hallie May believes the LaMoille/Ohio volleyball team is going to be in good shape heading into her fourth season as coach. She’s just not sure how all the pieces to the puzzle will exactly play out.

“Lots of options this year so we will leave things open at this point and just work towards finding an excellent line up by mid-September,” May said. “It’s a great group of girls, practices are competitive and exciting.”

With such strong numbers, 24 total, including 14 at the varsity level, May said she will be able to split practices so the varsity has the gym to itself. Previously, the practiced together so they could scrimmage with the F/S, but now it’s varsity vs. varsity.

Co-op partner Ohio sends eight girls to LaMoille, including four varsity and four F/S.

What May knows she will have is senior Shiela Browning in the front row and Ragen Forbes in the back row.

Browning has played middle but May is contemplating a move to the outside for her big hammer. The unanimous Little Ten All-Conference selection had 131 kills and 13 blocks last year.

“I am looking for her to continue to contribute in a big way and play aggressively up front,” May said.

Forbes will lead the back row. She made 242 digs as last year’s libero and was a weapon serving with 113 points and 13 aces.

“She knows the game well and will be a key part to our defense and overall success,” she said.

The team’s other senior, Vanessa Martinez, is a multi-purpose player who May said has a calming but competitive presence on the court.

“She is a coach’s dream in that she is extremely coachable and willing to try new things,” May said.

The junior class is 12 strong with Forbes, Emily Fahs, Harleigh Younge and Madi Walker and Samantha Martinez in the back row, Erin Bennett setting and playing opposite and Monica Joerger, Elizabeth Geuther, Toni Lawrence, Alyssa Martin and Alissa Schrader all in the front row.

May said Ohio junior Kaitlyn Hughes (front row) is questionable as she recovers from ACL injury.

Sophomores Rae Ann Schultz (setter) and Erika Zimmerlein (front row) will dress for varsity. Other members of the F/S team include sophomores Jordyn Pinter and Sarah Hunter, and freshmen Katy Anderson, Alana Cherry, Paige Conner, Riley Johnson, Hailey Monier and Hannah Pinter.

LaMoille/Ohio was the last Bureau County team standing in 2012, falling to Newark in the 1A regional finals.

The Lady Lions will open their season at home Aug. 27 vs. Serena. It will be a nonconference matchup as they will play a conference match in September.

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