The Buchtel Volleyball team is just that a 'TEAM' in every sense of the word.
Head Coach Francine Blake says her team this year is made of members of the Buchtel basketball, bowling, softball and track teams. Blake says "I have a young team this year and they started coming together as a unit both on and off the court. In the past, the girls did everything separate. It was me, me, me. Now, they believe in team. Instead of seeing 1 or 2 of the girls hang out together, now you see 4 or 5."
Plus, Buchtel's coaching staff this season has added a very important figure. Mary Howard, well known in Akron for coaching at Archbishop Hoban and St. Vincent-St. Mary has joined Blake's staff this year as an assistant coach.
Blake said "we've always communicated. Whatever school she's been at we've always played each other. Mary said she's always admired the way that I've coached my team. She said since I'm not coaching this year at St. V why don't I come and work with you. I said fantastic."
The Volleyball team is led by basketball player junior Ashaunte' Dent and Arnita Johnson, who runs track,
The Griffins have an overall record of 5-4. They're are 2-3 in the City Series which is good for a tie for third place.
Thursday night, Buchtel takes on Firestone in a City Series match-up.