Teri Goldammer has returned to her alma mater, Westland High School, as girls volleyball coach, looking to revitalize the program.

Teri Goldammer has returned to her alma mater, Westland High School, as girls volleyball coach, looking to revitalize the program.

Goldammer, 31, replaces Eric Hughes, who stepped down after three seasons.

"I'm definitely excited to be back at Westland," she said. "It's a lot of work, but it's exciting."

A 2002 Westland graduate, Goldammer helped the Cougars win their last Division I district title 14 years ago.

"We were the last district champion back in 2001," said Goldammer, who went on to play for Ohio Dominican University. "We were the last (volleyball) team to put a banner on the wall, so it's nice to get back and try to build up the program again."

Goldammer said the team has adopted "put a banner back on the wall" as its motto.

"That's our goal -- to get to that point where we can have the girls put some things on the wall that they can be proud of when they come back in the gym," she said. "Every time I come back, it's a really cool feeling to see the banner that you helped put up there, so I told them that."

Last season, Westland went 9-15 overall and 4-10 in the OCC-Central Division, placing sixth behind champion Dublin Coffman (14-0). The Cougars lost to Coffman, an eventual regional finalist, 25-16, 25-14, 25-22 in a district semifinal.

Goldammer, whose team opens Aug. 27 with an OCC-Central match at Marysville, realizes Coffman remains the class of the league but hopes the Cougars can move up in the league standings.

"We didn't play as well as we could have last year," she said. "Our goal is to be a good competitor in the league this year. Dublin Coffman has a great program. We're hoping to move from the bottom of the league and move towards the middle to upper echelon. We want to be more competitive with the (Hilliard) Davidsons and the Coffmans."

Goldammer, who also coaches at the club level, hopes to share her knowledge of the sport with her team. She is familiar with the players as she has volunteered during summer training.

Expected to lead the Cougars is senior outside hitter Jenna Panning, who is entering her fourth season as a starter. Panning, an Austin Peay recruit, was named first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district last season.

"Jenna is a big part of our team," Goldammer said. "She is basically what we want the program to be. She is an amazing front-row player and is the best passer on the team."

Other returnees are senior setters Michaela McLean and Maria Hamilton and senior middle hitter Hannah Mundy.

Also looking to contribute are senior Maddie Vereb (defensive specialist) and sophomores Beatriz Batista Fanini (middle hitter), Taylor Goett (outside hitter) and Allison Gonzalez (right side hitter).

Boys golfers looking for steady progress

The boys golf team is looking to improve over the course of the season.

The Cougars showed improvement through their first three events. They opened Aug. 7, scoring 403 to finish seventh in the eight-team Delaware Fidelity Federal Invitational at Oakhaven, behind champion Central Crossing (298).

Westland then shot 394 in placing last in the 14-team Pickerington Central Tiger Invitational on Aug. 11 at Turnberry, behind champion Hartley (304), before shooting 381 the next day at Darby Creek to finish 15th in the 16-team Marysville Invitational, behind champion St. Charles (300).

Senior Stephen Gorslene shot a team-best 90 in the Fidelity Federal Invitational and senior Brandon Festog led the Cougars in the other two events, carding a 90 in the Tiger Invitational and a 93 in the Marysville Invitational.

Gorslene and Festog are returnees.

"We're better than what we're playing," 11th-year coach Brad Kramer said. "I have more expectations, but it's early. We're getting there, I hope. There's some kinks we need to work out. We're a much better team than last year and right now we're playing about equal to last year."

Kramer expects Gorslene to compete for the team's No. 1 spot all season.

"Brandon is the one who is going to be pacing the team," Kramer said.

The Cougars have three other returnees in senior Hunter Horn, junior Garrett Lawson and sophomore Charles Foreman. Rounding out the team are junior Austin McMasters and freshman Elijah Epling.

"Austin should help our squad quite a bit," Kramer said. "He should end up being pretty good. He's new to competitive golf."

Westland was to have opened the OCC-Central tournament Aug. 10 at Clover Valley, but the round was postponed because of bad weather and has been rescheduled for Sept. 9. The Cougars will begin league play Monday, Aug. 17, at Turnberry.

Last season, Westland went 0-28 in the four-round OCC-Central tournament to finish eighth, behind champion Upper Arlington (27-1), and finished 11th (406) in the 13-team Division I sectional at Darby, behind champion St. Charles (298). The Cou-gars did not have any district qualifiers.

Gorslene, Festog and Lawson all competed at sectional a year ago.