As Tricia Nunemaker completed her third season as the girls volleyball coach at Reynoldsburg High School, she again witnessed progress in the program.

As Tricia Nunemaker completed her third season as the girls volleyball coach at Reynoldsburg High School, she again witnessed progress in the program.

The Raiders finished 9-14 overall and 4-8 in the OCC-Ohio Division, improving on last season's 6-16 and 2-12 records.

Nunemaker, however, was disappointed that her team failed to win a Division I district tournament match, as it fell in the first round to Teays Valley 25-8, 25-12, 19-25, 25-11 on Oct. 21 at East High School.

"I would have like to have won some more (matches), but I'm pleased," Nunemaker said. "We just didn't have it that day against Teays Valley. We should have won two matches in the tournament. We still should be playing, but we just didn't play well."

The Raiders will look to replace four key seniors next season, as Jasmine Burrell (outside hitter), Ali Steele (outside hitter), Alicia Rodgers (middle hitter) and Sara Waybright (defensive specialist) ended their high school volleyball careers.

"I am going to miss playing," Rodgers said. "I love playing. We all got along real well. During the season and out of season, we're still friends. They're all good people and I love them all."

Rodgers earned second-team recognition in the OCC-Ohio and district. Steele was honorable mention all-OCC and district.

Also in the league, Burrell was selected the team's scholar athlete.

Rodgers led the Raiders in kills with 104, followed by Steele with 89 and junior outside-hitter Tiffany Ricks with 73.

Burrell had a team-high 23 aces, with junior Sarah Steward (middle hitter/outside hitter) finishing with 30 blocks.

Junior Samantha Miller (libero) led the team in digs with 191. Classmate Donyelle Brown (defensive specialist) had 130.

Rodgers was pleased with the team's improvement.

"It was the best record we had in my four years playing for the high school," Rodgers said. "It was a lot more about passion and fire to play this year. It showed throughout the season that we were a different team and that we were out there with a new mentality, focused on winning and focused on improving."

Reynoldsburg finished fifth in the league behind Pickerington North (12-0), Newark (9-3), Lancaster (7-5), Gahanna-Lincoln (6-6), and ahead of Groveport-Madison (2-10) and Pickerington Central (1-11).

North was ranked 11th in the final Division I regular season poll.

The Raiders swept Central in league play, winning 3-0 on Sept.22 and 3-0 on Oct. 15. They also beat Groveport 3-0 on Oct. 8 and Gahanna 3-2 on Sept. 17.

Reynoldsburg also played perennial powerhouse Dublin Coffman twice and was swept in both matches. The Shamrocks, who finished the regular season ranked second in the state behind Cincinnati Ursuline, replaced Grove City on the schedule after athletics were cancelled in the South-Western School District.

Nunemaker expects Brown, Miller, Ricks, Steward and fellow juniors Aly Corns (middle hitter) and Corey Pollock (setter) to be key contributors next year along with sophomore Noelle Day (defensive specialist/ libero), to be key contributors next year.

At a glance

•Record: 9-14 overall, 4-8 in OCC-Ohio (fifth)

•Seniors lost: Jasmine Burrell, Alicia Rodgers, Ali Steele and Sara Waybright

•Key returnees: Donyelle Brown, Ali Corns, Samantha Miller, Corey Pollock, Tiffany Ricks and Sarah Steward