Roy-Hart spikers face rebuilding task

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 August 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – Seniors Ayleen Brewer, Allison Chapman, Renee Koch, Sara Meal and Jenna Snell will help to lead the Roy-Hart varsity volleyball squad into the upcoming Niagara-Orleans League season. Missing from the photo is senior Malissa Maines.

Hit hard by the loss of nine seniors to graduation, the Roy-Hart volleyball team is in a bit of a rebuilding mode heading into the Niagara-Orleans League season.

Ayleen Brewer, who earned second team N-O All-League honors last season, heads Roy-Hart’s senior group which also includes Allison Chapman, Renee Koch, Malissa Maines, Sara Meal and Jenna Snell.

“We certainly lost a lot so we are rebuilding but we’ve got a good, hard working group and we’re looking to get better as the season goes on,” said Coach Bill Holahan.

The Lady Rams graduation losses from last year’s 9-3 squad include N-O first team All-League selections Eliza Schwab and Courtney VanBuren along with second team honoree Justine Wittcop.

Looking to help fill those voids the Roy-Hart roster also includes juniors Rebecca Albrecht, Savoy Laubacker, Morgan Mathews, DesRee Taylor and Denise Ulrich; sophomores Beatrice Bacon and Breanna Brewer and freshmen Skyler Christopher and Olivia Vorholzer.

Roy-Hart will open the season with a non league match at Lyndonville on Tuesday. The Lady Rams will then begin N-O competition at home on September 8 against CSAT.

Roy-Hart’s Schedule

Sept. 2 – at Lyndonville, 6:15 p.m.
Sept. 6 – at Albion Tournament, 8 a.m.
Sept. 8 – CSAT, 6:15 p.m.
Sept. 10 – Albion, 6:15 p.m.
Sept. 16 – at Medina, 6:15 p.m.
Sept. 22 – at Akron, 6:15 p.m.
Sept. 24 – Newfane, 6:15 p.m.
Sept. 26 – at Wilson, 6:15 p.m.
Sept. 30 – at CSAT, 6:15 p.m.
Oct. 2 – at Cheektowaga, 6:15 p.m.
Oct. 3 – at Albion, 6:15 p.m.
Oct. 8 – Medina, 6:15 p.m.
Oct. 15 – Akron, 6:15 p.m.
Oct. 17 – at Newfane, 6:15 p.m.
Oct. 20 – Wilson, 6:15 p.m.