The B-R reserve team finished 22-3 and the Lady Viking eighth grade was 20-0, and DeCoursey expects players off those teams to battle for playing time, including juniors Molly Wallace and Courtney Lasher, sophomore Courtney Pruett, and freshman Megan Graber. Several other players may factor into the mix this season for Barr-Reeve, leading DeCoursey to note “There is more competition for spots on our team right now than there has been at any other time in my 14 years as coach.”
Former Lady Lion head coach Doug Denson switches places with his daughter Lacey (Denson) Wade as head coach/volunteer assistant coach from a year ago for a Loogootee team which looks ready to avenge last year’s five-game loss in the Class A state title game to Cowan and now claim the school’s first volleyball state championship.
Loogootee will have plenty of firepower with which to pursue the state title. Only one Lady Lion, outside hitter Remington Wagler, graduated from last season’s 34-5 team, and LHS returns junior libero Lauren Bowling, who missed last season due to a hand injury. And even the change in coaches won’t bring much change for Loogootee.
“Me and Lacey are like one and the same, we feed off of each other,” said Denson, whose daughter transitioned to a volunteer role with the program after being to an administrative role with the Loogootee school corporation over the summer.
Leading the charge for the Lady Lions will be six seniors, including Abby Ackerman (outside sitter/defensive specialist), Demi Richardson (setter), Kelsy Seals (outside hitter), Christina Ziegler (middle blocker), Taylor Hayes (outside hitter), and Michala Beasley (middle blocker). Juniors playing a role for Loogootee include Bowling, Waylee Wagoner (defensive specialist), Addyson Aiman (outside hitter), and Kailye Robbins (defensive specialist). Rounding out the varsity rotation will be sophomore Bailey Davis (defensive specialist) and a pair of freshman, Kylie Hall and Emily Brookshire.