2022 Charger Volleyball Team: Front (L to R): Olivia Bradshaw, Ava Winner, Heidi Anderson, Lydia Sanchez, Mackenzie Singer, Emily Aiello, Taylor Lessing; Back (L to R): Coach Pothast, Coach Potts, Catryn Mohler, Sarah Clark, Savannah Will, Alayna Trucksis, Graceanne Slade, Brianna Slusher, Molly Vance, Coach Brandewie. 

Edison State Volleyball season kicks off

Edison State Community College’s volleyball team kicked off the start of the 2022-2023 athletics seasons on Thursday, August 18. The Lady Chargers have worked hard in preparation of the season.

Head Coach Julia Brandewie is leading the Lady Chargers for the sixth season. In addition to her experience as a coach, Brandewie was part of her high school’s Division II State Champion team, competed internationally with Premier Volleyball Academy, and played for Owens Community College and Siena Heights University.

“I’m really looking forward to the start of this season,” Brandewie said. “We have a lot of depth on our roster. I have high expectations for them.”

The Lady Chargers returned to the court with five sophomores and nine incoming freshmen.

“Returning this season is Brianna Slusher, who made First Team All-OCCAC and First Team for the NJCAA Region XII. She was named an OCCAC Player of the Week numerous times last season,” said Brandewie.

She added, “We have nine incoming freshmen this year who have a lot to contribute. Sarah Clark, an outside from Jackson Center, was named to the All-Ohio team for Division IX along with First Team for the Shelby County Athletic League (SCAL) in 2021, and I believe she has a bright future ahead of her at Edison State.”

“We’ve also added some outstanding defensive players with Ava Winner (Second Team All-SCAL) and Heidi Anderson. Our incoming freshman setter Taylor Lessing was named Second Team All-SCAL and will play a large part in running our offense. We’ve also added a bit of height to our team with Savannah Will coming in at 6 feet 2 inches, Alayna Trucksis at 6 feet 3 inches, and Grace Slade at 6 feet, and they all have great blocking skills. We have one incoming transfer student, Molly Vance from Ohio Christian University; she’s a solid player with an outstanding work ethic and attitude.”

The team played their first game on Thursday, August 18, traveling to take on Clark State College in a conference matchup and winning the game 3-1. The Lady Chargers will play their next home game on Monday, September 12, against Owens Community College.

Joining Brandewie are Tasha Potts and Sarah Pothast as assistant coaches.

Edison State’s volleyball team competes in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) and as a Division II member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Visit athletics.edisonohio.edu for the latest news, upcoming games, and complete rosters.


2022 Volleyball Roster 

Name                           Year     Position                                    High School 

Emily Aiello                  SO        Setter                                        Perrysburg

Heidi Anderson              FR        Defensive Specialist                   West Carrollton

Olivia Bradshaw             FR        Defensive Specialist/Outside       Christian Academy

Sarah Clark                   FR        Outside Hitter                            Jackson Center

Taylor Lessing               FR        Setter                                        Fairlawn

Catryn Mohler               SO        Outside Hitter                            Houston

Lydia Sanchez               SO        Setter/Outside Hitter                   Racine Lutheran

Mackenzie Singer           FR        Setter                                        Ansonia

Graceanne Slade             FR        Middle Hitter                             Hardin-Houston

Brianna Slusher              SO        Middle Hitter                             Troy

Alayna Trucksis             FR        Middle Hitter                             Tippecanoe

Molly Vance                  FR        Outside Hitter                            Benjamin Logan

Savannah Will               FR        Right Side Front                         Fairlawn

Ava Winner                   SO        Back Row                                 Jackson Center

Head Coach: Julia Brandewie

Assistant Coach: Tasha Potts

Assistant Coach: Sarah Pothast

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