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Veteran Rams Feel Like State Title Condenders

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 7/29/2014

Coming off a highly successful 24-3 campaign a season ago, the Lady Rams have all but two members returning from a district champion squad.

The veteran bunch boasts six seniors, five of which saw significant playing time last year, and include a pair of All-Ohioans. Senior setter Katie Wagner brings her 2nd Team All-Ohio talents back for a final high school season, following an "offseason" full of high level volleyball competition.

"I play club for North Shore out of Norwalk and we practice all spring, all summer", Wagner says. "We went to nationals at the end of June in Minneapolis, so its been non-stop."

Wagner's Madison teammate Ali Brown also played club volleyball with North Shore and says her game has improved during the offseason. The Honorable Mention All-Ohioan believes her Lady Rams are one of the preseason favorites to win the Division II state tournament and could have won the title last year if not for nationally ranked state champion Padua Franciscan.

"If Padua wasn't in our way, I honestly think we could have won last year", Brown says. "Now that Padua lost most of their seniors and we have everyone back, we should be in the running for state."

The Lady Bruins knocked Madison out of last years tournament in straight sets in the regional semi-finals at Ontario. Lady Rams second year head coach Brian Votaw compared Padua's roster to a "college team" last season, and agreed with Brown that Madison had a good shot at winning a state title if it had not been for the Lady Bruins.

Votaw says he doesn't want his team to be too confident about making a run to state, but recognizes the talent at his disposal, saying, "we've got some pretty serious goals and they are specifically related to going deep, in a deep tourney run."

The Lady Rams open their season on the road August 16 at Hilliard Davidson High School.

   
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