Though he was disappointed with his team's final record, first-year Reynoldsburg High School girls volleyball coach Zach Franklin believes he has assembled a solid foundation for the future.

Though he was disappointed with his team's final record, first-year Reynoldsburg High School girls volleyball coach Zach Franklin believes he has assembled a solid foundation for the future.

The Raiders closed out the season at 3-19 overall and 2-12 in the OCC-Ohio Division.

"I was definitely hoping for a little bit more," Franklin said. "We were working with a very young team. We had four sophomores that all played and contributed greatly to our team, which bodes well for the future. But it's a struggle for the current year because typically sophomores are going to struggle playing against seniors that have been playing together for multiple seasons."

Reynoldsburg lost to Franklin Heights 25-13, 25-20, 25-20 in a Division I district tournament opener Oct. 19 at East.

"We didn't play very well," Franklin said. "They were definitely excited and pumped up to be there, and we were not. It ended up showing on the scoreboard unfortunately."

The Raiders will lose three seniors - setter Corey Pollock, middle hitter Sarah Steward and middle hitter Ally Corns.

"Corey was very good with the administrative stuff and making sure that everyone knew what was going on," Franklin said. "On the court, Sarah and Ally were a little more vocal leaders than Corey, but she was always positive and super helpful."

Steward was selected second-team all-OCC-Ohio Division and Pollock was honorable mention.

"It was an OK season," Steward said. "We definitely could have had some more wins, but with a young team it was good that we just grow with each other and with the coach."

Reynoldsburg began the season with eight consecutive losses before beating OCC-Ohio foe Groveport 25-19, 25-23, 19-25, 25-20 on Sept. 14.

The Raiders' other wins came against Johnstown-Monroe 25-9, 25-22, 25-18 on Sept. 25 and Groveport 23-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-20, 17-15 on Oct. 7.

Reynoldsburg took Pickerington Central to five games twice, losing 21-25, 18-25, 25-19, 25-23, 15-8 on Sept. 21 and 25-14, 23-25, 18-25, 26-24, 16-14 on Oct. 14.

The Raiders finished seventh in the division behind Pickerington North (14-0), Grove City (11-3), Newark (10-4), Gahanna (8-6), Lancaster (7-7) and Pickerington Central (4-10), and ahead of Groveport (0-14).

North, Grove City and Newark each advanced to last Wednesday's Division I district tournament semifinal round.

"I thought we played well early in the season," Franklin said. "Unfortunately, when the OCC started we ended up playing Grove City, Newark and then Pickerington (North), which are the top three teams in the OCC-Ohio.

"In playing them and not fielding a lot of success, I think we kind of hung our heads a little bit for pretty much the rest of the year seeing teams that were just that much better."

Juniors Rachel Few (libero) and Noelle Day (outside hitter/defensive specialist) are expected to be key players next season.

Other players who are expected to return include junior India Miles (outside hitter), sophomore Destini Cooper (right-side hitter), sophomore Shiloh Murphy (outside hitter) and sophomore Danielle Woolever (defensive specialist/setter).

At a glance

•Record: 3-19 overall, 2-12 in OCC-Ohio (seventh)

•Seniors lost: Ally Corns, Corey Pollock and Sarah Steward

•Key returnees: Noelle Day and Rachel Few