RyAnne Ufferman is back to coach the Hilliard Bradley High School girls volleyball team, and the Jaguars have responded with a strong start.
Ufferman started the program when the school opened in 2009 and coached the Jaguars for six seasons before leaving to spend time with her family. She returned to replace Shawn Parsell, who coached the Jaguars for one season.
Last season, Bradley finished 9-14 overall and 3-9 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to tie Dublin Jerome for fifth behind champion Worthington Kilbourne (12-0).
The Jaguars were 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the league before playing Kilbourne on Aug. 28.
"I'm teaching full-time at Memorial Middle School right now, so I'm right next door and they asked me if I was interested in coming back," said Ufferman, who guided the Jaguars to league titles in 2011 and 2013. "My kids are a little older now, so things worked out."
Bradley returns six players who started at one time or another last season, including 6-foot-4 junior middle blocker Allie Holland, a University of Tennessee recruit who was first-team all-league last year, and sophomore setter Riley Speelman, who was second-team all-league.
Also back are senior defensive specialists Emily Ewen and Reagan Kiechle and sophomores Clare Flanagan (opposite hitter) and P.J. Kern (outside hitter).
"We have great unity," Holland said. "We have all come together in the last few months as a family. We hang out on and off the court and started playing for each other instead of ourselves."
Seniors Elyse Mirgon (defensive specialist) and Katie Tieman (opposite hitter), junior Bella Colombini (middle blocker), sophomores Anna Alford (6-2; middle blocker), Morgan Emory (outside hitter), Lolah Maxey (outside hitter) and Maya Rohrer (outside hitter) and freshmen Sydney Bleyle (setter/outside hitter), Emma Richter (setter/outside hitter) and Maggie Willis (outside hitter) round out the roster.
"We have some hitters with experience as offensive players," Ufferman said. "Our setter (Speelman) does a great job of using all of our hitters. When we are in sync, our offense moves well. We have to get better at moving from our base position to our defensive position."
The Jaguars opened Aug. 21 by defeating Thomas Worthington 21-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21 in league play and defeated first-year Olentangy Berlin 25-12, 21-25, 23-25, 25-12, 15-6 on Aug. 23 in another league contest.
Then in the Shaner-Wohrer Invitational on Aug. 25 at Lancaster, Bradley defeated Marysville 25-13, 25-17, Watkins Memorial 28-26, 17-25, 25-21 and New Concord John Glenn 25-22, 25-17.
Young talent to buoy girls soccer team
Coach Becky Alcox likes the look of the girls soccer team in her second season leading the program.
The Jaguars will try to improve on last season, when they finished 11-5-2 overall and went 3-2-1 in the OCC-Cardinal to place third behind Jerome (5-0-1) and Darby (5-1).
"I think we have some young kids that are talented and have a good mindset," said Alcox, whose team was 0-2 overall before playing its league opener Aug. 28 against Thomas. "They have the mindset of finding what they are doing wrong and figuring out how to fix it."
Sophomore forward Avery Jantonio led the Jaguars with 10 goals last season and was second-team all-league, while forward Andrea Decker, the team's lone senior starter, had two goals a year ago.
Also returning is junior Jana Lundy (special mention all-league), who moves from midfielder to defender.
Other returning starters are junior goalkeeper Emily Keck, junior defender McKenzy Kuhn and junior Macy Enneking, who started at forward and also played in goal.
Other scoring threats are junior forward Lauren Cerda and junior midfielder Morgan Bowers, a first-team Division II district honoree last fall at Bexley, where she led the team with 16 goals and seven assists.
Senior defender Leah Dimmick, junior defender Emily Marschhausen, junior midfielder Shea Stephens and sophomore defender Delaney Porter also will play key roles.
The Jaguars opened Aug. 17 with a 2-1 loss to Davidson before losing to Olentangy Liberty 1-0 on Aug. 21.
"We have figured out things defensively, which was our first priority," Alcox said. "Now we're working on the offensive side of the ball."
New coach excited about boys soccer team
Chad Snider takes over the boys soccer program after coaching the past 10 seasons at Dublin Scioto.
Snider replaces Nate Byrum, who coached Bradley for two seasons. Last fall, the Jaguars finished 10-9 overall and tied Thomas for third (3-3) in the OCC-Cardinal behind champion Jerome (5-0-1).
Bradley must replace its all-time leading scorer in 2018 graduate Ryan Kayalar, who finished with 39 career goals and had a program-record 22 goals last fall. He now plays at Urbana University.
Despite that loss, Snider said his team is loaded with varsity experience.
"They have a lot of potential in possessing the ball on offense," said Snider, whose team was 1-1 before playing Thomas on Aug. 28 in its league opener. "Once we get going on defense, we'll be fine. We need people to buy in for a full game."
Top scoring threats for the Jaguars include seniors Matthew Berner (midfielder) and Ethan Love (midfielder; second-team all-league), junior forward Jordan Mendez and sophomore midfielder Devon Hess. Senior Cam Whitt and juniors Zac Meyers (special mention all-league) and Avery Ramsey will also patrol the midfield.
Senior Derek Morgan will anchor the back along with senior Daniel Graber and sophomore Rishil Patel. Junior Musa Musa starts in goal with sophomore Dominic Williams serving as his backup.
"I think there is a lot of potential here, but it's a matter of being consistent," Snider said. "I've seen a glimpse of what we could be when they do the things that we are working on. When they do that, they have looked really good."
Bradley opened Aug. 17 with a 1-0 loss to Davidson before beating Briggs 7-0 on Aug. 21 behind three goals from Ramsey.
Aug. 17 -- at Davidson
Aug. 21 -- vs. Briggs
*Aug. 28 -- vs. Thomas Worthington
Aug. 30 -- vs. Gahanna
*Sept. 4 -- at Olentangy Berlin
Sept. 6 -- at Upper Arlington
Sept. 11 -- at Beavercreek
*Sept. 13 -- at Worthington Kilbourne
*Sept. 18 -- vs. Delaware
Sept. 20 -- vs. DeSales
*Sept. 25 -- at Dublin Jerome
Sept. 27 -- vs. Big Walnut
*Oct. 2 -- at Dublin Scioto
Oct. 4 -- vs. Watterson
*Oct. 9 -- vs. Darby
Oct. 11 -- at Olentangy
Aug. 17 -- at Davidson
Aug. 21 -- at Olentangy Liberty
*Aug. 28 -- at Thomas Worthington
Sept. 30 -- vs. DeSales
Sept. 1 -- at Beavercreek
*Sept. 4 -- vs. Olentangy Berlin
*Sept. 13 -- vs. Worthington Kilbourne
*Sept. 18 -- at Delaware
Sept. 20 -- at Zanesville
Sept. 22 -vs. Loveland
*Sept. 25 -- vs. Dublin Jerome
Sept. 27 -- at Marysville
Sept. 29 -- at Dublin Coffman
*Oct. 2 -- vs. Dublin Scioto
*Oct. 9 -- at Darby
Oct. 13 -- at Canal Winchester
*Aug. 21 -- vs. Thomas Worthington
*Aug. 23 -- at Olentangy Berlin
Aug. 25 -- Shaner-Wohrer Invitational at Lancaster
*Aug. 28 -- at Worthington Kilbourne
*Aug. 30 -- vs. Delaware
*Sept. 4 -- at Dublin Jerome
*Sept. 6 -- at Dublin Scioto
Sept. 11 -- at Davidson
*Sept. 13 -- vs. Darby
*Sept. 15 -- Worthington Kilbourne Invitational
Sept. 19 -- vs. Upper Arlington
*Sept. 20 -- at Thomas Worthington
*Sept. 25 -- vs. Olentangy Berlin
*Sept. 27 -- vs. Worthington Kilbourne
*Oct. 2 -- at Delaware
*Oct. 4 -- vs. Dublin Jerome
*Oct. 9 -- vs. Dublin Scioto
*Oct. 11 -- at Darby
Below are the coming schedules for the Bradley cross country, boys golf, girls golf and girls tennis teams:
Sept. 1 -- Boys: Asics Hot Summer Bash at Davidson; Girls: Westerville Classic at Westerville North
Sept. 4 -- Dublin Scioto at Darby Creek
Sept. 5 -- Darby and Davidson at Heritage
Aug. 30 -- OCC-Cardinal at Cooks Creek
Sept. 4 -- Thomas Worthington at Mentel Memorial
Sept. 5 -- OCC-Cardinal at Mentel Memorial
*Aug. 30 -- At Dublin Jerome
*Sept. 4 -- At Scioto
Sept. 5 -- Home vs. Bexley