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Moeller Volleyball with a New Cast of Crusaders

April 24, 2014
Cincinnati Moeller High School

by Scott Springer, Community Press

Moeller Volleyball with a New Cast of Crusaders

In his third season as volleyball coach at his alma mater, Matt McLaughlin is a commendable 49-4. State champions in 2012, the last loss of 2013 in the state semifinals still stings.

Another Moeller tournament run was ended by Hilliard Darby last May as the Crusaders finished 24-2 (6-0 Greater Catholic League South). Both losses came against Darby a month apart.

Defending Coach of the Year Matt McLaughlin lost three all-league players from that squad, including Athlete of the Year Casey Pieper.

This year’s roster features seniors Ben Land, Greg Partin, Braden Baldwin, Carson Susich, Danny Abein and Corey Pieper; juniors Connor Peed, Chris Hackman, Harry Savarese, Blake Crowley, Ryan Frank, Logan Sheets, Justin Deyhle, and Nick Wright; and sophomores Jonny Rickert, David Wernery and Connor McNamara.

Setter Pieper, middle blocker Susich and libero Hackman should lead the Crusaders this spring.

“None of the players on this team saw much playing time last year on a senior-dominated team,” McLaughlin said. “They’re excited to prove themselves and show what they can do. This is a very hard-working group of kids.”

McLaughlin’s men began the season in Louisville with a loss to (Louisville) St. Xavier and a win over Trinity. They also played a weekend tournament in Chicago.

“Our league and region will be very tough, as they both always are,” McLaughlin said. “We have one of the toughest schedules the varsity team has ever faced, which is only going to allow this team to get better.”

Upcoming games are at St. Xavier April 11 and home with Elder April 15.


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