Warsaw River View has big shoes to fill

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River View Volleyball

The Lady Bears have
enjoyed tremendous success throughout the school’s history on the volleyball
court but six seniors must be replaced from last year’s 26-1 team that won the
East Central Ohio League and advanced to the Division II regional finals.


WARSAW – Teams everywhere have a slogan they follow
throughout their respective seasons.

The slogan at River View
this year around the volleyball team is simple – “Reload.”

The Lady Bears have
enjoyed tremendous success throughout the school’s history on the volleyball
court but six seniors must be replaced from last year’s 26-1 team that won the
East Central Ohio League and advanced to the Division II regional finals.

“We
definitely have some big shoes to fill and have a lot of new faces, but that
same tradition is still here,” River View coach Cari Bahmer said. “We come in
and bust our tail every day no matter what players are on the floor.”

Gone from last year’s
team are first team all-Ohio selection Kristin Daugherty and honorable mention
selection Chelcee Honabarger. Kasey Bowman, Sami Dickerson, Brittany Bailey and
Emily Cochran are also absent.    

“Those six kids that
graduated were the heart and soul of what’s went on for the last three years,”
Bahmer said. “However it is exciting to watch the new kids grow into their
opportunity to become the leaders.”

A pair of seniors and a
very talented junior are the only returning letter winners in the Old Gold and
Black.

Staci Grace (outside
hitter) and Katie Miller (defensive specialist) both return in the senior class
while junior Kari Daugherty will be at middle hitter as well as setter.

“Even though Staci and
Kari saw a lot of floor time last year they are learning some new positions,”
Bahmer said.

The team is junior
laiden with five other juniors helping to fill spots on the varsity: Taylor
Reed and Elizabeth Adams outside, Megan Shaw at defensive specialist and Lauren
Schonauer and Shelby Weaver on the right side.

Also expected to
contribute is sophomore setter Kayla Landaker and freshman middle hitter Olivia
Neace.

Three other freshmen
that may see time with the varsity include Whitney Fry (OH), Savanna Treasure
(RS/DS) and Laurin Hampton (MH/RS).

“It’s a whole different
atmosphere this year with all the young kids on the floor,” Bahmer said. “The
kids take pride in the tradition at River View and they don’t take it for
granted. They want to plant their own seed in the legacy of River View
volleyball.”

Coshocton, Claymont,
Meadowbrook, Dover and New Philadelphia should all provide solid tests in ECOL
play, which River View has either won or shared every year since entering the
league.

Also the
River View quad on Sept. 15th has a new look with state-power Albany Alexander
joining the Lady Bears, Triway and Springfield Shawnee at Luther Stover
Memorial Gymnasium.

“I think it will be a
great year in the ECOL,” Bahmer said. “Our sectional is going to be rough as
always with us, West Holmes, Coshocton moving up to Division II and all the
other schools.”

The Lady Bears open
things up Saturday with a home match against Akron St. Vincent/St. Mary at
noon.

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