Franklin Monroe Volleyball 2021 Season Preview

PITSBURG – The Jets Volleyball team was a solid contender last year in the Cross County Conference race finishing runner-up in the league.  Many of the coaches in the newly formed Western Ohio Athletic Conference expect them to challenge for a title this season as well.

Angie Filbrun returns to the bench to lead Franklin Monroe and noted they have some work to do after graduating 5 seniors from last year’s team.

“After graduating 5 seniors, we are looking to rebuild and create strong relationships and a strong team bond to help us win on the court. We will work FOR each other and WITH each other to form a team that can do big things,” Filbrun stated.

She believes that will be one of her teams’ key strengths.  “Working together as a team, building each other up, cheering for each other and having a lot of fun on the court.”

“We will focus on our passing and defense to give us success with our offense. When we pass, we are successful, if we can do that this fall and worked together as a team then we will have success,” Filbrun concluded.

Filbrun also noted that Tri Village looks to be a strong team returning multiple players and made a deep tourney run last year.  Arcanum, Newton and Ansonia also can come out and fight for a top spot as well.

Key Players

*Skylar BaumanSr. OH/SOur key player who will lead out offense with her setting and hitting. 3-year varsity starter who has potential to do big things.
*Sadie BowserJr. OHStrong outside attacker who will be a huge part of our offense. 
Rebecca GilmoreJr.MHMH who has huge potential to be a big part of our offense
Layni NorrisJr. LFilling a huge role with confidence and good passing abilities
Reanna WrightJr. RH/SFilling another huge role for us, jumping in strong to help control our offense.
Abby KraussSo.DSStrong leader with great passing skills
Jozlynn WintrowSo.RSIncredible work ethic with good volleyball skills to go with it, she looks to help our offense out on the RS. 
Emma DenlingerSo.OH/RSHard worker who has the ability to score with her tough swing
Jocelyn GraySo. RSStrong server with all around abilities to help our team when on the floor. 
Allie MuhlenkampFr.MHTall and Strong MH who will make a big impact with her swing and leadership skills. 


Sat. 28TBA10:00 AMFranklin Monroe
Sat. 28TBA12:00 PMFranklin Monroe
Sat. 28TBA02:00 PMFranklin Monroe
Tue. 31Twin Valley South05:30 PMFranklin Monroe
Thu. 2at Mississinawa Valley05:30 PMMiss. Valley
Tue. 7at Middletown Christian06:00 PMMiddletown Christian
Thu. 9Preble Shawnee05:30 PMPreble Shawnee
Sat. 11at Bethel10:00 AMBethel
Mon. 13Catholic Central05:30 PMFranklin Monroe
Tue. 14at Dixie05:30 PMDixie
Thu. 16Bradford05:30 PMFranklin Monroe
Sat. 18at Graham01:00 PMGraham
Tue. 21Tri-County North05:30 PMFranklin Monroe
Thu. 23at Newton05:30 PMNewton
Mon. 27at Legacy Christian05:30 PMLegacy Christian
Tue. 28Tri-Village05:30 PMFranklin Monroe
Thu. 30at Arcanum05:30 PMArcanum
Tue. 5Ansonia05:30 PMFranklin Monroe
Thu. 7at National Trail05:30 PMNational Trail
Sat. 9Russia10:00 AMFranklin Monroe
Mon. 11Houston05:30 PMFranklin Monroe

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

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