VANDALIA — The Butler Lady Aviator volleyball team is still searching for its first win after dropping matches to three strong opponents in the first week of the season.
The Aviators opened the season by dropping three sets to Springfield Catholic 25-12, 25-8, and 25-15 then fell to Centerville in four sets 15-25, 25-10, 27-25, and 25-17. On Saturday, the Aviators faced Marion Local and fell 25-20, 25-12, and 25-8.
Head coach Stacie Whetstone says that despite having a roster loaded with juniors and seniors, varsity experience is at a premium for her Aviators.
“Our juniors may look like they have experience but the majority of them were sophomores who played on JV last year,” said Whetstone. “There’s a few of them who played some with varsity last year, but most of them are new to varsity.”
Whetstone said that despite not having varsity experience, a strong JV schedule a year ago should have the players prepared.
“With the schedule we play, their JV teams are competitive with several of the varsity teams we play,” said Whetstone. “It’s never the same – the speed of the game is different, and experience of the players is different, but whether a player is a freshman or a senior, they should be able to execute fundamentals.
“The Centerville match was a much better performance by our team. The girls were focused and intense and played hard. We had the opportunity to win the third set, but made some crucial errors that led to game ending points for us. Our defense and serving were outstanding throughout the match, along with our serve receiveand passing. The offense is still developing but we are working on it.”
In the Centerville match, Lora Burris had two aces, Autumn Ratliff had six kills and Zoie Franklin added five more. Corina Kreill had nine digs.
Whetstone said that she expects the team to become good offensively.
“We should be better offensively than we were a year ago,” said Whetstone. “We didn’t have a lot of strength at any one position last year but we have two really strong outsides and players not afraid to swing. Our defense will come. We put in a few new things that they are still learning so that will come as the season goes on.”
The Lady Aviators look to get a win on Tuesday night as they travel to Springfield. They will travel to Miamisburg on Thursday, August 28.