The Lady Cardinals lost six seniors from last year’s team, which lost to Loogootee in sectional play. A trio of seniors return, including all around player Mary Anne Wichman, hitter Rachel May, and Audrey Groves. Also returning is junior setter Sarah Wild.
A mix of local and international newcomers will round out the WC roster, including all around player Maria Concellon, an exchange student from Spain. Three juniors – Jasmine Patel, Layne Fowler, and Harley Wegloski – as well as sophomores Shaina Bradley and Kasey Ivy will also see playing time.
The excellence continued for the Lady Vikings, who have won nine of the 16 Class A sectional titles since class volleyball began in the fall of 1997. Barr-Reeve finished 33-3 a year ago, but Amber DeCoursey’s squad fell to the school, which has won the other seven Class A sectional championships in the class era, Loogootee, in the sectional final. And DeCoursey knows the Lady Lions will be a tough out again this year.
“I feel like Loogootee is the team to beat in Southern Indiana. Anybody who knows anything about volleyball realized how special their current seniors were going to be, even when they were in the sixth grade,” said DeCoursey. “It’s not very often you have that combination of size and skill at a 1A school, and they have been hard to handle since that class entered high school as freshman.”
Not that the Lady Vikings won’t have the firepower to give the Lady Lions a challenge. Barr-Reeve returns its entire offense, including seniors Tracy Graber (middle hitter) and Hania Sisco (outside hitter). Hitters also returning include a trio of juniors – Hannah Bullcok, Tiara Kenney, and Skylar Chestnut. Also returning is setter Jenna Knepp, who named Class 1A/2A all state as a junior, as well as senior defensive specialist Allison Hoover.