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Fostoria Volleyball

August 31, 2013
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach: Amy Stultz, first year.

2012: 2-20, 1-13 Northern Buckeye Conference

Returning letterwinners: Seniors Kierra Settles (OH, 5-5); Taylor Tucker (OH, 5-7); Amarie Matthews (MH, 5-9). Junior Jada Hampton (OH, 5-9).

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Fostoria Volleyball: (front, left) Sydney Vilaisack (middle) Madison Gillig, Christina Cleveland, Kierra Settles, Lilia’na Velazquez (back) Kelly Bates, Brittany Elliott, Lexie Fretz, Amarie Matthews, Luchuana Smith, Taylor Tucker, Jada Hampton, Amy Stultz.

Others: Senior Christina Cleveland (S, 5-8). Juniors Luchauna Smith (MH, 5-10); Sydney Vilaisack (DS, 5-0). Freshmen Lexie Fretz (OH, 5-7); Lilia'na Velazquez (S, 5-5); Madison Gillig (L, 5-5).

Outlook: The four veterans are all upperclassmen and three others are also on the squad, but the Redmen will feature youth and inexperience this year.

Three freshman will play on the varsity - one starting - and another eight are in the program.

"We're going to use what we have this year. One thing that I found they didn't have last year were the numbers to be versatile, so when someone got tired and maybe got a little bit sloppy, they didn't have somebody to put in for them," Stultz said. "We do have the numbers this year that we can handle versatility and be flexible.

"In the end, it's all going to shake out well," she said.

But there are hurdles to clear she said.

Smith is the tallest at 5-10 and only a couple other Redmen stand 5-9, but Stultz said they can still jump well enough.

They also have to learn to communicate on the court, and the younger players have to get used to playing against opponents who are two and three years older than them.

"The freshmen, I noticed with our first scrimmage, the freshmen were very intimidated by the upperclassmen. And not because the upperclassmen were trying to be intimidating, they're just not used to them yet," Stultz said.

"We have a lot of talent, we just have to learn to use that talent together," she said.



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