VANDALIA — After a lackluster season last year, the Butler Lady Aviator volleyball team looks to turn the new season in the right direction. Under new head coach Cheryl Franklin, the Aviators hope to improve on their 8-14 record from last season. Last season’s struggles have created motivation for the Aviators and fuel them to turn things around for the upcoming year.
Head coach Cheryl Franklin feels that this squad has all the tools get the Aviators back to winning ways. With great leadership and hard off-season work, the Aviators are prepared for the grueling season ahead.
“I believe the sky is the limit due to the return of multiple key players, as well as the fresh faces and ideas,” said Franklin.
The Aviators are led by their eight returning seniors as well as two underclassmen. These players bring some experience and leadership to the program.
“These seniors are a perfect display of what a student athlete should be – hardworking and focused on the goal ahead,” said Franklin. “Each player brings a different component to this year’s team, producing a well balanced team.”
Despite returning ten players from last year’s squad, Franklin said the team is still young in playing experience and will continue to grow throughout the season.
In addition to the return of ten players, Butler has also added two new faces to the varsity team which adds more depth for the Aviators. This season’s squad as a whole has bonded together great and provides encouragement across the board to help this team reach its full potential in the upcoming season.
The GWOC North division and conference as a whole will be very strong for the upcoming season and a test for the Aviators. The Aviators finished third in the GWOC North division last season and hope to contend this year.
“Troy and Piqua will be the teams to beat in the upcoming season, but never count out Greenville or Sidney either,” said Franklin. The Lady Aviators hope to win their first division title since 2009.
The Aviators will open this season on August 22 at home as they take on Lehman Catholic. The Aviators first road game will be August 24 at Springfield. Butler will take on division rival Troy at home on September 22 and Piqua on the road on September 24.
Gannon Godsey is a senior at Butler High School. Reach him at 937-684-8983.