Bexley High School athletics director John Morgan announced Wednesday that Amber Bolinger has been chosen as the school's new girls volleyball coach.

Bexley High School athletics director John Morgan announced Wednesday that Amber Bolinger has been chosen as the school's new girls volleyball coach.

"She's an elementary school teacher, and her perspective on what sports is all about is a good fit for us," Morgan said. "She's a young coach, but she's got an incredible amount of experience."

Bolinger was an assistant at Watkins Memorial last season. She will replace Shaun Servick, who left Bexley last April to take over at Westerville Central. Servick left for Central because of the opportunity to be a teacher in the district.

He took over Bexley in 2006 and went 10-15 and last season was named Division II district Coach of the Year for helping the Lions earn a share of the MSL-Ohio Division with Heath at 13-1 for the first time since 2002 and beat Big Walnut 15-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-25, 15-8 in a Division II district final for the program's first title since 1999. Bexley lost a regional final to Hartley 25-23, 26-24, 25-18 to finish 25-2 overall.

Bolinger graduated from Muskingum in 2003 where she is tied for fifth all-time in total blocks (379). In her junior season she was seventh all-time for kills in a season with 449 and fourth all-time for total blocks in a season with 178.

Among the players Bolinger can expect to return from last season's Bexley team are juniors Shaynah Blair, Leiah Groom, Tracy Gundy and Lauren Simmons
as well as sophomores Lauren Howard and Beverley Ochieng.

Gundy was first-team all-league, first-team all-district and honorable mention all-state as she had a team-high 262 kills for an average of 3.2 per match.

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