Expectations surrounding the Jonathan Alder High School volleyball team this fall are as high as they’ve ever been. With a number of talented varsity returnees expected to lead the way, the Lady Pioneers will likely be not only one of the best Division II teams in Central Ohio but across the state.
The team recently gave a glimpse into their potential with an impressive showing in Southwest Ohio. As has been the tradition for several years, the Jonathan Alder High School Lady Pioneers competed in the Friendship Cup tournament in Mason last weekend, and for the second time in three years came back with the championship trophy.
In his first year as the new head coach, Matt Craycraft is already showing his ability to make adjustments and had his team looking like a well-oiled machine by the third day of the tournament. After going just 5-3 on the first day, the team came together and rattled off 16 straight wins to take home the championship trophy.
The championship pool looked familiar, as three of the final five teams came from JA’s original pool on Thursday, and the winner of the silver division also came from that pool of teams. The team picked up wins over several Division I schools, including Westerville North, Delaware Hayes and Lancaster in the championship match.
The upperclassmen players who competed in this tournament were Kassie Blank (tournament MVP), Sara Dickey, Sam Durbin, Ally Graves, Kortney Reynolds, Corinne Parker, Kayleigh Hall, Sydney Beard, Hunter Kaltenbach and Abby Jester.