A pair of Clermont County schools took some time this past weekend to improve themselves on the volleyball court.
West Clermont and Milford were two of six total schools participating in a tournament held at Little Miami High School on Saturday, July 14.
In addition to the pair of Clermont squads and the host Panthers, teams from Western Brown, McNicholas and Lakota West also competed in the event.
The tournament consisted of pool play, with the top teams advancing to the gold bracket tournament.
Milford and West Clermont each entered multiple teams in the varsity contest, with the Lady Wolves sending a squad to the finals. The team fell to Little Miami in three sets, dropping the last set 16-14.
West Clermont head coach Cheryl Korfhagen said she was happy with how both of her varsity teams performed at the tournament.
“I was pretty happy that both of them made it into the gold bracket,” Korfhagen said. “We should have won in two, we shouldn’t have went to the third game. Little Miami is a good team, I’m not taking anything away from them. We had it, and we just let it go.”
Korfhagen said the team’s offseason this year was much different than last season, when the team was trying to come together after the merger of Glen Este and Amelia High Schools.
“It’s a lot different,” Korfhagen said. “We communicated all offseason through group text. I’d send them quotes and memes, things for them to read about positions.”
Korfhagen said she was able to take more time in the offseason to watch players on the team compete in various tournaments and on other teams.
“I didn’t coach club this year, so I was able to watch a lot of them play,” Korfhagen said. “The team is close on and off the court, we have a good camaraderie with the girls.”
The Lady Wolves have tryouts for the upcoming fall season soon, as the squad will hold those sessions in the first few days of August. Coaching for volleyball can begin on August 1.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Korfhagen said. “We have a lot of girls coming out again. It’ll be interesting to see how it shakes out. I’m excited that we have so many people interested in our program. I’m hoping to bring a lot of fans in, we did pretty good with that in our first year, hopefully we can do more this year.”
As for Milford, new head coach Amy Gill said the team used the games as a chance to come together as a team.
“The team looked good,” Gill said. “We have several young players who were able to connect with returning leaders as we continue getting to know each other.”
Gill said the Lady Eagles had played in a pair of tournaments thus far, with some players missing in each, but she still sees improvement.
“Progress was certainly made on communication and skill each time,” Gill said. “These events are important to get players into a competitive setting and to help build relationship between returning and new players.”
Gill finished by noting what she believed was one of the team’s strengths, while also emphasizing overall growth.
“I think our passing was strong most of the day,” Gill said. “We continued to grow together as a team.”