BEAVERCREEK — After a great 2013 season with a record of 23 wins and 4 losses, the Beavercreek Beavers have high expectations going into this boys volleyball season. There is major upside for this team, especially with young key players returning.
Six-foot-8 junior and middle blocker Dan Lohner, 6-3 senior outside hitter Andrew Boos, and team captains 6-1 junior setter Noah Boos and 6-2 senior outside hitter Joe Wiles, all return for the Beavers.
Coach Carol Bysak hopes that the leadership of Boos, a three-year varsity setter, can drive this team to the next level along side his brother, senior outside hitter Andrew Boos. Together they will be a dynamic duo that could be hard for other teams to defend.
Other members of the Beavercreek team are: seniors Connor O’Gorman, Spencer Berry, Kyle Petering, Aaron Ahles and Bryan Deis; juniors Sinjin Jones, Matt Melvin, Nate Hale and Chandler Hemmerich; and sophomore Alec Otto.
With a challenging schedule ahead of them, Bysak has high goals this season.
“We are improving each match of our tough schedule. To date we are 3-2 so far in the 2014,” Bysak said last month. “The boys were not happy with being a semifinalist of the 2013 state tournament. Our goal is (to play in) the 2014 state finals.”
Beavercreek has already defeated 2013 Division I state quarterfinalist Cleveland St. Ignatius in straight sets on the road, now they’ve got their sights set on perennial Greater Western Ohio Conference rival (and 2013 D-I regional finalist) Centerville on May 6. They will host 2013 D-II state champion Middletown Fenwick on May 9.
The Beavers will also host this year’s Division I regional tournament May 12-17 at the high school. Match times are 5:30 and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Saturday’s regional championship matches will take place at 4, 6 and 8 p.m.
Their next match is at Davidson High School, in Hilliard, for Saturday’s Buckeye Classic tournament.
The Beavers have their eyes on the prize and a winning mentality for this season. With a solid program established, the Beavers hope to add more hardware into their trophy case.
(Al Robertson is a Central State University student who is currently interning with The Greene County Newspapers.)