Lima, OH – The 2014 volleyball season has come to a conclusion as a very good season for Barons Volleyball. The Barons finished with an ORCC Record of 4 wins and 2 losses, good enough to be named Co-Champions of the ORCC West Division! In Ohio Regional Campus tournament play, the Barons went on an impressive run beating the #3 seeded OU Lancaster and the #2 seeded OSU Newark before falling in the Championship Match to the #4 seeded MU Hamilton. “Miami Hamilton deserved to win the tournament. They were a solid team in every position. They were excited and they didn’t make any mistakes.” Said Head Coach, Jill Ricker.
“We ended the season strong. We are a much better team than our overall record of 8 wins and 13 losses reflects.” Said Coach Ricker. “We had some cancellations early in the season where I had to reschedule last minute matches with highly competitive teams like UC Clermont and Cedarville JV. We didn’t win those matches, but they were great for us as a team to play better competition. This enabled us to be prepared for conference play.”
The ORCC West was very strong in 2014. MU Hamilton, OU Chillicothe, and the Barons, all had records of 4 & 2 at the end of the regular season, as the three teams all went 1 & 1 against each other. Coach Ricker could be heard much of the season with a familiar quote of “Winning and losing are both contagious.” Re-enforcing the love of the sport they were playing and to have fun while playing it. Coach Ricker added, “It’s an opportunity to play in college and they need to embrace it. It may be the last time that they will play competitively. Our motto was “Play Hard, Play Smart, and Win!”
The 2014 Barons Volleyball Team was the most talented group Coach Ricker has had in her 5 years. The team was not only talented but also deep as they had ten players who could fill all positions on the court. “It takes a while for ten new players to learn to play with one another. That is one of the biggest challenges coaching on this campus as so many of our athletes either graduate from their programs after two years or they have to change campuses to complete their degrees.” Said Coach Ricker.
Individually, the Barons were led by their two captains, Kylee Hooker and Francinny Oliveira. Both Hooker and Oliveira were strong with leadership and dominating play on the court. Hooker, a setter, averaged 7 assists and 3 digs per set in ORCC play while also finishing with a serve percentage of 94%. Oliveira was the libero, averaging 4 digs per set and finishing with a serve percentage of 93% in ORCC play.
Four hitters dominated offensively for the Barons in 2014. The team’s middle hitters were Tricia Flanigan and Reagan Aller, while the outside hitters were Beth Goettemoeller and Kylie Schamp. All hitters contributed to the massive kills that the Barons accumulated throughout the season. In addition, Aller and Goettemoeller made the 2014 All ORC Tournament Team!
“I am very proud of the team this year. We had a successful season and the hard work the girls put forth paid off in the end. I hope this is another step in getting more athletes interested in playing for the Barons in the future.”
After coaching for five years with the Barons, Coach Ricker lists four major lessons she has learned in that time. First, providing the girls with a positive experience as some may have had negative experiences in the past, Barons Volleyball is an opportunity to start over. Second, understanding volleyball cannot be a college student athlete’s number one priority, as their priorities understandably are school, for some work, also time with friends and family are important to them too. Third, it can be a fun way to make some new college friends. Fourth, Barons Volleyball enhances the college experience for student athletes as they are proud representatives of the school and the athletic program. “Barons Pride!”
Lima, OH - As we are nearing the end of the 2014 Regular Season, Barons Volleyball sits in 3rd place in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference West Division with a conference record of 3 wins and 2 losses while the overall record is 5 wins and 11 losses.
“I think our girls are much better than our record reflects. We have played some tough competition outside of our conference this year to prepare for conference play. I am confident that we will end the season strong and perform well at the ORC Tournament.” Said Head coach Jill Ricker.
All season long, the Barons have shown improvements, each step of the way. With a deep rotation of athletes, every member of the team has had a time to shine and help carry the team toward success. This is a well balanced team, that at different times has shown how great they can be in all aspects of the game. Thus, when the team is rolling in all aspects, they can beat any opponent they will face the rest of the way!
So, come on out to watch the Barons Volleyball team’s home finale, this Saturday, October 11th vs Miami Middletown at 1:00! Admission is free for all!
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