Graduation cut deep into the Pettisville volleyball team, under John Horning, 15-year head coach.
With six letterwinners lost to graduation, the Pettisville mentor has just three returning.
The Blackbirds posted a 17-7 record last year and was 8-2 in the Buckeye Border Conference. Horning is confident that his squad will be competitive in conference play.
Back are Ashlynn Waidelich, a senior; Emily Hubby, a junior; and Dana Fricke, a sophomore.
“We are inexperienced, with just three returning and two starters, but the girls have worked very hard so far, and we hope to be playing our best ball at the end of the season,” said Horning.
“Serving is one of our strengths, along with our team attitude.
“We want to improve every day and take things one day at a time. I see us being competitive in all of our league matches, and I believe our league should be very competitive this season.”
Helping with coaching duties are Rebecca Dorosz, assistant; Tim Myers, junior varsity; and Rachel Horning, freshmen.
The Birds open the season at Columbus Grove for a trimatch with Patrick Henry, Saturday, Aug. 25.
Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find per-fect composure. But unfor-tunately, although it is true, it is diffi cult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.– Shunryu Suzuki