Persinger notes senior leadership for WHS volleyball


The Wilmington High School varsity volleyball team, from left to right, front row, Alix South, Bry Thompson, Ti Harris, Aaliyah Huff, Samantha Achtermann, Madi Flint; middle row, Chay Johns, Emily Butcher, Harlie Bickett, Kathryn Hardin, Mariah Knowles; back row, Emily Self, Sami McCord, Maura Drake, Lexi Evans, Logan Osborne.

The Wilmington High School varsity volleyball team, from left to right, front row, Alix South, Bry Thompson, Ti Harris, Aaliyah Huff, Samantha Achtermann, Madi Flint; middle row, Chay Johns, Emily Butcher, Harlie Bickett, Kathryn Hardin, Mariah Knowles; back row, Emily Self, Sami McCord, Maura Drake, Lexi Evans, Logan Osborne.


Images by Ginger Lee | Brenda Bowman

Schedule

Aug 20 vs Xenia @WHS 6 pm

Aug 22 vs Georgetown @WHS 6 pm

Aug 23 vs Blanchester @WHS 6 pm

Aug 25 @Washington CH 11 am

Aug 27 @Franklin 630 pm

Aug 28 vs Clinton-Massie @WHS 6 pm

Aug 30 @Batavia 6 pm

Sept 6 @Western Brown 6 pm

Sept 8 @Felicity-Franklin 11 am

Sept 11 vs New Richmond @WHS 6 pm

Sept 15 @Paint Valley Noon

Sept 17 vs Goshen @WHS 6 pm

Sept 18 vs Clermont NE @WHS 6 pm

Sept 22 vs Cedarville, West Car @WHS 10 am

Sept 24 vs Hillsboro @WHS 6 pm

Sept 26 @Clinton-Massie 6 pm

Oct 2 vs Western Brown @CM 6 pm

Oct 4 @New Richmond 6 pm

Oct 8 @East Clinton 6 pm

Oct 9 @Goshen 6 pm

Oct 11 vs Batavia @WHS 6 pm

Any first-year head coach needs help putting their stamp on a program.

In the case of first-year Wilmington High School volleyball coach Jenna Persinger, the players have been integral in getting things on track.

“I’ve been very impressed with the leadership of our six seniors and look to them to help build our program,” said Persinger, the Miami Trace High School graduate who takes over the Lady Hurricane program.

The seniors are Sam Achtermann, Madi Flint, Tiara Harris, Aaliyah Huff, Bry Thompson and Alex South.

Wilmington volleyball has struggled to win more than a handful of matches since Hall of Fame coach Gary Downing left the program.

But Persinger and her Lady Hurricane are looking to turn that around, if not this season then soon.

“Our girls have been extremely dedicated this off season and put in a lot of work,” Persinger said. “Their commitment and dedication have been impressive. We are starting to come together and work as a team and communication is improving daily.”

Wilmington was 0-21 last season. Nyla Bailey, a 2018 graduate, was a first-team All-SBAAC player. Other grads gone from the program are Kaylee Tackett, Sydney Wright and Courtney Smart. Wright was given honorable mention All-SBAAC.

Persinger will be assisted by Maggie Reagan. The junior varsity coach is Megan Sellers while the eighth grade coach is Tara Williams and the seventh grade coach is Jasmine Tolbert.

“There are still some fundamental aspects of the game we must improve upon to be successful this season, but our girls are dedicated to improving every part of their game,” Persinger said.

As for the league, the new coach believes it’s a wide-open field.

“Being new to the league I am not extremely familiar with all of the teams, but in talking with other coaches I have heard that the league is pretty tough across the board,” she said.

The Wilmington High School varsity volleyball team, from left to right, front row, Alix South, Bry Thompson, Ti Harris, Aaliyah Huff, Samantha Achtermann, Madi Flint; middle row, Chay Johns, Emily Butcher, Harlie Bickett, Kathryn Hardin, Mariah Knowles; back row, Emily Self, Sami McCord, Maura Drake, Lexi Evans, Logan Osborne.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/08/web1_VB_wilmteam.jpgThe Wilmington High School varsity volleyball team, from left to right, front row, Alix South, Bry Thompson, Ti Harris, Aaliyah Huff, Samantha Achtermann, Madi Flint; middle row, Chay Johns, Emily Butcher, Harlie Bickett, Kathryn Hardin, Mariah Knowles; back row, Emily Self, Sami McCord, Maura Drake, Lexi Evans, Logan Osborne. Images by Ginger Lee | Brenda Bowman

Schedule

Aug 20 vs Xenia @WHS 6 pm

Aug 22 vs Georgetown @WHS 6 pm

Aug 23 vs Blanchester @WHS 6 pm

Aug 25 @Washington CH 11 am

Aug 27 @Franklin 630 pm

Aug 28 vs Clinton-Massie @WHS 6 pm

Aug 30 @Batavia 6 pm

Sept 6 @Western Brown 6 pm

Sept 8 @Felicity-Franklin 11 am

Sept 11 vs New Richmond @WHS 6 pm

Sept 15 @Paint Valley Noon

Sept 17 vs Goshen @WHS 6 pm

Sept 18 vs Clermont NE @WHS 6 pm

Sept 22 vs Cedarville, West Car @WHS 10 am

Sept 24 vs Hillsboro @WHS 6 pm

Sept 26 @Clinton-Massie 6 pm

Oct 2 vs Western Brown @CM 6 pm

Oct 4 @New Richmond 6 pm

Oct 8 @East Clinton 6 pm

Oct 9 @Goshen 6 pm

Oct 11 vs Batavia @WHS 6 pm