VB player honored as Athlete of the Week

Coach Hughes has expected big things this season from her volleyball Braves, but the week started out with a surprise even for her as AD Jeff Zidron announced the selection of senior Karen Folz as the "Check your Game" Athlete of the Week.  Folz was selected for this award due to outstanding performance both on the court as a volleyball standout, but also for her accomplishments off the court with her commitment to academics, community service and team play.  Congrats to Karen on this fine achievement!


The Braves then took to the court for their toughest match to date.  They played an unbeated Northwest Knights team without fear. Strong hitting from freshman Kathy Ning and junior Annabelle Berwanger led the Braves out strong, but they lost the first game as they faced a quality offensive attack from Northwest.  The Braves raised their game and came back to take game two, as Folz, Berwanger and Ning placed their hits around a strong blocking Northwest team.  The Knights adjusted to the combination hitting attack and took game three. With some rotational adjustments Coach Hughes won the fourth game from Northwest.  They key to the turn around was improved defense in the form of some key digs by junior libero Teensy Zang and some well timed blocks by Berwanger and junior Audrey Koster on the net.  Sophomore Haley Henry contributed with some flawless serving to get the W.  The Knights came roaring back in the fifth game and squeaked by the Braves to win the match 3 games to 2.  (25-16, 22-25, 27-25, 20-25, 15-12)

Thursday saw the Braves take on familiar foe Mariemont in their fourth home contest of the season.  The opponents know each other well as many of the girls play for the same club teams in the off season, but this night belonged to the Braves.  Indian Hill got off to quick start and quickly established their offensive dominance.  Folz and Henry both had outstanding serving runs with several aces a piece. Juniors Allison Kennbeck and Annabelle Berwanger got in some quick kills.  As always, freshman Kathy Ning was a force at the net.  The Braves took the first game quickly.  Coach Hughes took the opportunity to show the depth of her bench.  Juniors Kate Vollmer and Maryam Shabaan came into the game and both had several decisive kills. Freshman swing player Hunter Fry also looked good. Shabaan served several aces to ice the win in three straight games. (25-11, 25-13, 25-7)

This Braves volleyball team is exciting to watch!  There are three matches next week including a Tuesday September 6th matchup away at Taylor, a Thursday September 8th Matchup home against Finneytown, and a Saturday September 10th game home at 7pm against perennial CHL powerhouse Wyoming.  Come out to support your Braves! 

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