Girls Varsity Volleyball
Seven veterans and five up-and-comers seek to lead Columbus North volleyball to a successful season in 2019.
Senior hitters Emma Tynan, Gabby Genth and Lauren Opalka, senior defensive specialists Carley Finke and Jalynn Reardon, senior setter Kate Whaley and sophomore middle hitter Sarah Bennett are primary players for the Bull Dogs, who posted a 10-18 record and reached the sectional final last season.
Juniors Madi Roop, Madison White and Ava McKinney as well as sophomores Reagan Kane and Sydney Cooper also are available for eighth-year coach Caitlin Greiner.
“The girls have the skill set, and the maturity is definitely there because we do have an older roster,” Greiner told The Republic. “Having six seniors who are veterans, I think we have the potential to go far.”
Tynan paced the 2018 team with 189 kills while adding 241 digs, 22 blocks and 22 service aces. Genth produced 125 kills and 35 blocks, while Opalka contributed 69 kills and Bennett netted 58 kills and 44 blocks. Finke tallied 120 digs and 18 aces, while Reardon had 111 digs and 16 aces and Whaley provided 33 assists, 11 aces and 70 digs.
The season begins on Tuesday with a home match against Seymour. The Bull Dogs visit Shelbyville on Thursday, then face Perry Meridian on Aug. 27 and Roncalli on Aug. 29. Conference Indiana play opens Sept. 3 at Bloomington North and the annual rivalry match with Columbus East is set for Oct. 3 in the Orange Pit.
Other CI matches are Sept. 10 at Southport, Oct. 8 against Bloomington South and Oct. 12 against Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South. Also, the Columbus North is in tournaments on Sept. 7 at North Central, Sept. 21 at New Albany and Sept. 28 at Muncie Central.
Greiner was pleased with what she saw from her squad during summer workouts and competition.
“They’ve looked strong,” the coach told the newspaper. “We’ve been working hard all summer, and we have a lot of depth with our varsity and JV teams. … We have so much depth returning that I’m excited.”
PHOTO: Emma Tynan (14) elevates in preparation for a kill against Southport during a match last season. Tynan tallied a team-best 189 kills in 2018.