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Highlander Volleyball Ready to Chase GMC Title

by Adam Baum and Nick Robbe Community Press Staff

With the first year out of the way, there's a little more familiarity for Oak Hills volleyball coach Jenny Meyer in her second season with the Highlanders.

In her first, Oak Hills finished fourth in the Greater Miami Conference at 14-10 overall and 6-3 in the league. It was the program's third consecutive winning season and with depth and returning talent the Highlanders could be on their way to a fourth straight.

Oak Hills returns five starters in senior libero Kylee Howard, sophomore Abby Hulsman, junior middle blocker Abby Schutte, senior middle Erica Wessel and senior defensive specialist/outside hitter Rachel Drewes. Junior McKayla Swindell, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter, played sporadically last season but she'll be a much bigger piece of the puzzle this year.

Meyer said Howard and Hulsman are both Division I college prospects. Howard had the sixth-most digs (304) and the fifth-most passes (925) in the GMC last season. As a freshman, Hulsman had the sixth-most kills (216) in the GMC last season.

"We have depth at every position," said Meyer, who added that her team's depth creates a competition in practice that leads to improvement.

Oak Hills opens the season at home against Glen Este on Aug. 20 at 11 a.m.