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Firestone volleyball team earns share of conference title in ‘rebuilding year’

11/15/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

WEST AKRON — Firestone High School head volleyball coach Stacey Myers called 2012 “a rebuilding year” for the program, but it also turned out to be a successful season for the school.

The Lady Falcons finished 13-10 overall and 11-2 in league play. In addition, Firestone ended the season as the conference co-champions.

“I was pleased,” the coach said. “We weren’t expecting it to turn out that way — because we had so many new players on the team — but we worked hard together as a team and we were able to come up strong.”

According to Myers, the team featured two returning starters this season: senior Bethany Kormushoff and junior Sara Davis.

“As co-captains, they helped to lead the team to a successful season that superseded the expectations of many outside sources,” she said. “Bethany Kormushoff’s leadership and experience on the court helped to rally the team in tough situations. She was voted to the Akron City Series First Team and was one of WAKR’s Student Athlete of the Week honorees. Bethany is also a conference and district scholar athlete.

In addition, Myers said, Davis was “huge for us on the court.”

“She posted her personal career match high of 31 kills this season while breaking the school’s record of 26 kills, which was previously set by Senicia Reid in 2008,” the coach stated. “Sara has been voted to the Akron City Series First Team and was named second team all-district. She is also a district and conference scholar athlete. Sara was voted by coaches to the Falcon Invitational All Tournament Team. Sara is a true student athlete who aspires to play beyond high school.”

In addition to Kormushoff, the remaining seniors on the 2012 Firestone girls volleyball team included Kamaria Veal, Nasia Brown, Kendal Johnson and Bethani Walton.

“For most of our seniors, this was their first time playing — or they played as freshmen and came back this year to the team,” Myers said. “I think they were very courageous as players and they put out 100 percent on the court. They tried not to let the experience and maturity of the other teams defeat them. They were good at that, keeping focused and determined. And there was tremendous improvement throughout the season.”

Two underclassmen who stood out this season, the coach said, were sophomores Janelle Perry and Destynee Lovejoy.

“Destynee filled the setting position as we facilitated a 5’1” offense. She is quick and aggressive. Destynee earned Akron City Series honorable mention,” she said. “Janelle Perry rounded off the starting lineup as an outside hitter and transitioned to our libero. She was voted as the Akron City Series top libero.”

Myers said her team improved “a great deal” over the course of the season.

“We evolved into a quick efficient team, and the outlook for 2013 looks promising with the return of middle blocker Sara Davis, setter Destynee Lovejoy and libero Janelle Perry,” she noted. “Juniors Samantha Sebree [and] Kendall Stephens and sophomore Julia Bowden are also expected to make an impact on the varsity court next year.”

This was Myers’ 12th season with Firestone.

“We have earned the conference champion crown seven of the 12 seasons that I have been coaching,” she said. “I am assisted by Ricardo Myers and Aireka Wright.”

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