CIRCLEVILLE — The 2019 Lady Trailblazer Volleyball schedule has officially been released.
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Meet the Volleyball Coach
Rachael Bailes is entering her first year as Head Coach of the Lady Trailblazers. Prior to coming to Ohio Christian, Rachael served as First Assistant for the Women’s Volleyball program at NCAA DII Walsh University in North Canton, OH. While there, she oversaw all aspects of recruiting and individual player development as well as on the floor passing and defense. She helped guide the Cavaliers from a 3-23 season her first year to her final two records of 21-11 and 19-14. During this time, Walsh made their first two conference tournament appearances, knocking out five-time reigning champion Cedarville University in the quarterfinals both years. Outside of coaching at the collegiate level, Bailes also has been a coach at multiple volleyball clubs including Ignite and Cleveland Eastside AVC. Bailes is now set to begin coaching at Mintonette Volleyball Club following her move to the Columbus area. Mintonette Sports is a licensed member of the Ohio Valley Region of USA Volleyball, JVA and AAU.
Meet the Volleyball Team
The Ohio Christian University Lady Trailblazers enter the 2019 season missing only one starter from the previous season in Karee Neff. The Lady Trailblazers will bring three returning seniors back in Kiara Rohrer, Katie Bush, and Jessica Curry. A strong junior class carries high expectations as well, as Dakotah Zaph (Piketon graduate), Brooke Mazzocca, and Autumn Paugh each proved to be valuable assets to the squad in 2018. Ohio Christian will enter 2019 with three new faces on the team.
Key Returners and 2018 Stats
* Kiara Rohrer — 83 Sets Played, 170 Kills, 248 Digs
* Katie Bush — 83 Sets Played, 116 Kills, 425 Assists
* Brooke Mazzocca — 77 Sets Played, 76 Kills, 132 Digs
* Dakotah Zaph — 74 Sets Played, 80 Kills, 23 Blocks
Studying the Volleyball Schedule
Ohio Christian will play solid competition in both non-conference play as well as River States Conference play. The Lady Trailblazers will open their season with an exhibition at home against Tiffin University on August 26. Playing most of their early slate in the Maxwell Center, Ohio Christian will host the University of Pikeville, Cincinnati Christian University, the University of Pikeville, Wilmington College, Capital University, the University of Northwestern Ohio, and Trinity International in non-conference play. The Lady Trailblazers will open River States Conference play on the road on September 24 at Indiana University East. Overall, the team will play seven away conference matches compared to nine home matches. The Lady Trailblazers will recognize their seniors on November 5 when they host Mount Vernon Nazarene University in the Maxwell Center.