One of our more popular features – Coaches Corner – is back for the fall sports season. This week’s featured coaches are Van Wert volleyball coach Jeff Marbaugh, Lincolnview volleyball coach JaNahn Evans and Crestview volleyball coach Tammy Gregory.
The Lady Cougars opened the season with seven consecutive wins before Monday’s loss to Coldwater, the state’s No. 1 team in Division III.
The 7-1 (2-0 WBL) start marks includes victories over two state ranked teams (Ottoville and Delphos St. John’s, No. 5 and No. 18 in Division IV), and it’s quite a turnaround from last year when Van Wert finished the season 4-19.
Head coach Jeff Marbaugh believes there are several reasons for the team’s marked improvement.
“We have handled the ball more consistently,” Marbaugh said. “Our defense is getting more balls up, and hitting has been more aggressive.”
Marbaugh also noted that a number of the Lady Cougars are providing solid contributions so far.
“It has been a total team effort so far, from serving to serve receiving, defense, setting and hitting, everyone on match night has contributed in a positive way,” Marbaugh explained.
“Noelle Heffner leads the team in aces, Adrianna Grothause in digs, Jamison Clouse in kills and Katie Coplin in assists,” the coach added.
Van Wert returns to Western Buckeye League action at home against Ottawa-Glandorf on Thursday, then will host Wayne Trace on Monday.