Taylor Gray of Arcanum was the Western Ohio Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Year. The Trojans fell to Indian Lake in Sectional Tournament Play. (Dale Barger Photo)

Arcanum Volleyball Team Falls In Sectional Tourney

Brookville – The Arcanum Volleyball team finished 3rd in the initial season of the Western Ohio Athletic Conference with a 9-2 record and looking strong heading into post season play.

But the Trojans were upset in the opening round of the OHSAA D3 Brookville Sectional 25-16, 25-16, 25-20 by Indian Lake.  

The Lakers were clicking on all cylinders, and I heard from several fans state that their team was playing at a level they had hoped for all season, and it was the best they had looked.

Unfortunately for Arcanum they weren’t firing on all cylinders, and it would cut their tournament run short.

Arcanum will see 5 seniors graduate from the team: Peyton Garbig, Ellie Fout, Taylor Gray, Alexis Wilcox and Madelyn Fearon.

Taylor Gray will be tough to replace as she was named the WOAC conference player of the year in volleyball. The senior racked up 362 Kills, 48 Aces, 214 Digs and 37 Blocks this year and broke a few records in a career at Arcanum including eclipsing 1,000 kills this year and setting a new school record in Kills.

Teammates joining Taylor Gray on the WOAC All-Conference teams are Ellie Fout 1st team, Mollie Erickson 2nd team and Haley Smith Special Mention. 

Arcanum ends their season with a 12-10 overall record

Senior Ellie Fout hits the ball over the net for Arcanum. Fout was chosen to the WOAC All-Conference 1st Team. (Dale Barger Photo)
Sophomore Molly Erickson sets the ball. Molly was chosen to the WOAC All-Conference Volleyball 2nd Team. (Dale Barger Photo)
Sophomore Haley Smith serves the ball for Arcanum. Smith was chosen to the WOAC All-Conference as Special Mention. (Dale Barger Photo)
Sophomore Katie Sharp digs one up for Arcanum in their game with Indian Lake. (Dale Barger Photo)
Senior Alexis Wilcox is shown serving to Indian Lake in a sectional tournament volleyball game. (Dale Barger Photo)

Dale Barger / Sports Editor

Dale Barger is a lifelong sports enthusiast and has covered high school athletics for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio and now becomes sports editor for Darke County now. For 18 years Dale has been a sportswriter for The Daily Advocate and has been published in online sorts magazines and conference websites. Dale is also an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years. Dale is a member of The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association and was a 2019 recipient of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southwest District Media Service Award. Dale lives on a 72-acre farm outside of New Madison, Ohio and is married to Rita Ann (Fourman) Barger and together they have two sons and three grandkids. If you don’t see Dale at a sporting event you might catch him following his other passion – photographing nature and wildlife. Contact Darke County Now Editor Media Sports Editor Dale Barger at dbarger@darkecountynow.com.

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