A 10-second video on YouTube that was posted in 2014 provides a glimpse of what would be forthcoming for Dublin Coffman High School girls volleyball player Riley Wagoner.
The clip shows Wagoner as an eighth-grader slamming the ball over opponents before erupting into celebration with her Sells Middle School teammates.
There have been nearly as many moments the past few years of Wagoner getting down low to keep a ball from hitting the floor or of her standing in position to return an opponents' serve.
Shamrocks coach Mary Anne Souder has helped numerous players advance to the college level during a 13-year tenure that has included five Division I state tournament appearances, but she has never worked with a player with the all-around skills that Wagoner possesses.
"Riley's average per match is a triple-double in kills, digs and receptions," Souder said. "She hit over 1,000 kills by her junior year, she (reached) 1,000 receptions (in a recent match) and (will have) 1,000 digs by the end of the season. Some players have reached 1,000 in one category, which is a huge accomplishment, but there is no one else like Riley Wagoner in our school history."
Last season, Wagoner was named OCC-Central Division Player of the Year and first-team all-state and led the Shamrocks in kills (456) and serves received (375) while finishing second in digs (300) behind fellow first-team all-state honoree and 2018 graduate Dana Axner.
With Wagoner now among a five-member senior class along with Carmen Haefke, Kaitlyn Kopyar, Jacy Sheldon and Lexi Piekarski, Coffman is 10-3 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Central.
Coffman, which has won 138 consecutive league matches and 11 league titles in a row, was a state semifinalist each of the past two seasons.
Wagoner, who started as a freshman on the Shamrocks' 2015 state runner-up team, leads Coffman in kills (166) and digs (164) and is second in serves received (196).
She also helped her Mintonette 16-year-old club team, m.61, win the junior national championship in July 2017.
"My sophomore year, I really started focusing on what I wanted as a player, and that's when I started looking at colleges more and getting deeper into that and focusing on my personal game," Wagoner said. "I knew that would make our team better, so I had a little bit of a personal motivation going on."
Listed at 6-foot, Wagoner plays outside hitter for the Shamrocks but likely would have moved to defensive specialist had she chosen to play for a major college program.
She has received scholarship offers from a list of schools that includes Louisville, Xavier and Lipscomb, but should get the opportunity to remain a hitter at the college level after committing to Hawaii in October 2017.
Originally from Willard, Wagoner and her family, which includes her brother, sophomore Gage Wagoner, moved to central Ohio before her seventh-grade year.
"I wanted to play in a warm-weather state and I went on vacation to Hawaii when I was younger two times, so I just loved it over there and the community is so welcoming," said Wagoner, who is considering studying something within a science field. "I emailed them first and they reached back and said they were interested, so it kind of just went from there. ... I'm a little short, and that's kind of why I didn't look for a Big Ten school because I wanted to play outside. I like (playing as a defensive specialist), but I like hitting, too."
Coffman finished third in the 24-team Louisville Invitational Tournament on Sept. 7 and 8, losing two matches to out-of-state opponents, and lost for the first time this season to a team from Ohio when it fell to 2017 Division I regional runner-up Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame 25-19, 25-22, 25-10 on Sept. 15.
Still, Wagoner is optimistic about the direction her team is heading with high-caliber regular-season matches remaining Sept. 29 at home against Cleveland St. Joseph, last year's state runner-up, and Oct. 13 at Mason, a Division I regional semifinalist a season ago.
"We have a really good atmosphere in the gym and are all really close friends," Wagoner said. "We have a real possibility of winning (state) this year."
Boys golfers tie for second in league
With a third-place finish (318) on Sept. 12 at Darby Creek in the fourth and final round of the OCC-Central tournament, the boys golf team ended up in a second-place tie with Hilliard Davidson in the final standings at 14-6, behind Upper Arlington (20-0).
UA shot a 312 and Davidson 315 in the final round.
Sam Sellman averaged 77 in league play to finish fourth overall and make first-team all-league. Matt Sopko and Spencer Eiselt averaged 78 and 79.8, respectively, to make the second team. Jacob Hazen (83.3) was honorable mention all-league, while Brett Whitis (84.5) missed making honorable mention by one stroke.
"We had a really good front nine (Sept. 12) and were hoping to get second overall," coach Scott Sutherland said. "Arlington's very good and we got close with them in our first OCC (round) when they beat us by a shot. (On Sept. 12) we struggled on the back (nine)."
Coffman is seeded 10th for the postseason and will compete in the Darby Creek sectional Oct. 2. Second-seeded St. Charles and No. 4 UA also will be at the site, from which the top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advance to district Oct. 9 at Apple Valley.
Sellman, Sopko, Eiselt and Hazen likely will be in the team's postseason lineup, with either Whitis or his brother, Blake Whitis, expected to be the other competitor.
"Lately, we've had so many rainouts that it's been difficult to get into a groove," Sutherland said. "We play some really tough golf courses, so I'm looking for some consistent play. If we could get four consistent scores, I'd be more confident we could get out of the sectional."
Girls golfers finish third in league
The girls golf team finished third (316) in the fourth and final round of the OCC-Central tournament Sept. 12 at Westchester and placed third overall in the league standings at 13-7 behind New Albany (20-0) and Upper Arlington (15-5).
Annika Manjunath led the Shamrocks with a 74 average in league play, which placed her fifth overall as she earned first-team all-league honors. Maria Howard averaged 75 for the league's sixth-best average and made second-team all-league.
Coffman will open the postseason Oct. 2 in a Division I sectional at Mentel Memorial, from which the top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to district Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek.
Below are the coming schedules for the Coffman cross country, field hockey, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 22 -- Bob Reall Invitational at Lancaster
*Sept. 26 -- At Olentangy Liberty
Sept. 22 -- Upper Arlington Masters at Scioto Country Club
Sept. 26 -- Olentangy Liberty at Kinsale
Sept. 20 -- Upper Arlington Invitational at Brookside
Sept. 22 -- Marysville Invitational at Darby Creek
Sept. 24 -- Hilliard Davidson at Marysville Golf Course
Sept. 25 -- New Albany at New Albany Country Club
Sept. 22 -- Home vs. Lexington (Ky.) Henry Clay
Sept. 23 -- Home vs. Lexington (Ky.) Paul Laurence Dunbar
*Sept. 20 -- Home vs. Westland
Sept. 22 -- Home vs. Canal Winchester
*Sept. 25 -- At Marysville
Sept. 20 -- At Upper Arlington B
Sept. 24 -- At Watkins Memorial
Sept. 25 -- Home vs. Olentangy Liberty
*Sept. 20 -- Home vs. Central Crossing
*Sept. 25 -- At Upper Arlington