Warren volleyball team ‘scrappy’

VINCENT – Warren may lack height but certainly not talent on the volleyball court.

“Our tallest girls are 5-foot-9, so that could be a blocking and hitting weakness,” said first-year Warren head coach Michelle Tyo. “But I think we’re still going to be pretty good, because we’ve got a ton of talent.”

The 28-year-old Tyo will be the Lady Warrior netters’ third boss in as many seasons. Last fall, Dan Anderson was at the helm, and before him, there was Tammy Fisher.

Tyo played her prep volleyball as a defensive specialist and also coached as an assistant at Athens High in The Plains after graduating from Ohio University in 2008. Last year, she helped guide the Warren JV and freshman squads.

“With this being my first head coaching job, I’m so excited, so nervous,” Tyo said. “There’s a lot of emotions.”

Warren, which finished 5-5 in the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League (SEOAL) last season, graduated a couple of big hitters in Emma Ryan and Amy Fleming, who each was an all-district honoree.

Tyo, though, has a nice group of royal blue and white returnees, including six seniors, to work with on the court.

“This team will be made up mostly of seniors and juiors,” Tyo said.

The seniors on the roster will be middle hitter Savannah Arthur, libero Hailey Murdock, outside hitter Taylor Foy, middle hitter Jessica Shaw, hitter Sarah Proctor, and hitter Nycole Lane.

Representing the junior class will be a “real good” setter in Natalie Knowlton, Tyo said.

Also, there’s middle hitter Danielle Lambert, hitter Victoria Buzzard, and backside Kaylee Higgins.

The lone sophomore on the squad will be outside hitter Caitlyn Coffman.

Perhaps ironically, Tyo will be making her head coaching debut against her prep alma mater Athens at Vincent on Aug. 22 at 7 p.m.

“When I was there at Athens, I coached their freshman class,” Tyo said. “So, I’ll be very familiar with them.”

Overall, Tyo said Warren is going to be a “scrappy team” on the volleyball floor this season.

“I believe we’re going to be competitive, and I just can’t wait to get started,” she said.