AVON LAKE — Lorain County volleyball coaches got a sneak peek at what they can expect from their squads this season when 15 varsity teams and one junior varsity took the court Friday in the Lorain County Volleyball Coaches Association Dave Dorinski Preview Night at Avon Lake High School.
The teams squared off against each other in two-game scrimmages. Elyria coach Jen Shouse liked what she saw from her Pioneers, who won both games against Midview.
“We had a scrimmage on Wednesday so it was good to see some of the things we worked on transition over,” she said. “I think the girls did a better job in the second game, making some of the adjustments we asked them to. I’m pretty pleased overall.”
Elyria Catholic was able to win both games against Lorain.
“I’m proud of the girls,” Panthers coach Barb Schuckman said. “They’ve worked really hard over the summer and we only have three returning starters. They work well together, they get along and their chemistry is really, really good.
“It’s nice to get into a more formal atmosphere because they haven’t been in this atmosphere and, as a young team, they have to learn to focus. I think they did really well with that. They got better as the match went on.”
Sophomore Sydney Yanak was strong in the service box, reeling off nine straight service points in the second game as the Panthers pulled away.
“I’m so excited,” Yanak said. “I love being in new environments and I’m really excited for the season to get started.”
Amherst won both games against Firelands and coach Laurie Cogan was encouraged how her young team responded against a school it was playing for the first time.
“This was our first outing in August, and I’ve got a lot of new faces,” Cogan said. “This is a completely different Amherst varsity team from last year. I’m starting two freshmen. I’ve got sophomores out there and a few juniors and seniors.
“We’re young and very, very inexperienced, but they’re a great group of kids and I thought they did an admirable job. We were excited to see what they would do in a situation outside our gym, outside their comfort zone, and I thought they handled themselves well.”
Brookside hosting fundraiser
Brookside High School is hosting its annual alumni game today at 10 a.m.
The event has been turned into a fundraiser for former teacher and coach Beth Blackburn, who recently entered hospice. All proceeds will help with her medical bills and help ease the financial burden on her family.
Tickets for the event are $5. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and basket raffles.
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.