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1999/2000 Galion High School Volleyball Team

Inducted in 2013


Picture of 1999 Galion High School Volleyball Team

The Galion Tiger volleyball team was underrated by many coaches and teams across Ohio during the 1999 season. They finished 27-2 overall, and did not lose a match to a Division II team all season long. Ranked 7th in the state in the final AP Coaches poll in Division II, they never lost faith in themselves. The team came from behind to win a thrilling three-game victory, 10-15, 15-12, 15-8 over Cincinnati Roger Bacon in the Division II state championship game to become the first-ever state volleyball champions at Galion. Seniors Olivia Roston, Lindsey Wilt, Karri Miller and Kelly Moneysmith spearheaded the squad that didn’t feature overwhelming size or talent. This was a team that simply showed a relentless passion for winning.

Picture of 2000 Galion High School Volleyball Team

The 2000 Galion Volleyball team experienced déjà vu by facing Cincinnati Roger Bacon for a second time at the state championship game. The headlines in the Galion Inquirer stated “The Galion Tigers fry Bacon for their second straight championship”. This time it took Galion only two games, 15-11, 17-15, to defeat the Spartans. In both games, the Tigers had to fight off Spartan comebacks to win. The Tigers ended with a 26-2 record for the 2000 season.

1999 Roster: * seniors
Olivia Roston* Lindsey Wilt* Kristin Fox
Allison Barnes Karri Miller* Kelly Moneysmith*
Natalie Kochheiser Danielle Holt Jacqueline Reeve
Megan Murphy Miranda Whittibslager Kellie Murphy
2000 Roster:
Natalie Reeve Natalie Weithman Gretchen Ruhe
Lori Ruth
Head Coach-Jill Wilt Assistant Coach-Melissa Fittante

Lindsey Wilt was chosen as a first team All Ohioan and went on to play college ball at Walsh University. She earned many honors at Walsh and was voted as the Cav’s Offensive Player of the Year and became the starting setter as a sophomore. Lindsey earned All-AMC honors, Setter of the Year accolades three times, and NAIA All-American honors. She was also chosen first team, NAIA Region Six. Lindsey was Walsh University’s Female Athlete of the Year both her junior and senior years. Lindsey helped Walsh to their third straight regional title and NAIA Elite Eight. Lindsey was inducted into the Walsh University Wall of Fame in 2011.

Olivia Roston also went on to play for Walsh University. She helped Walsh to three Regional titles and three National Championship appearances. Her senior year at Walsh she was chosen as Defensive Player of the Year. She led the NAIA in passing percentage her junior year (.970).

Kristin Fox played volleyball at Wittenberg University. She made third team All-American honors, first team all-conference and first team All-Great Lakes Region. She set a school record with a hitting percentage of .350. As a member of the Wittenberg squad, she made two NCAA Division III Sweet 16 appearances and two NCAA, Division III Elite 8 appearances.

Following high school, 2000 team member, Lori Ruth, was a walk-on her freshmen year at the University of Toledo, and earned a starting position and full scholarship as a defensive specialist, then libero. Lori was team captain in 2008 and led the Rockets in digs and aces per game. She was a four-time Outstanding Student Athlete, four-time Academic All- MAC Honorable Mention and four-time Dean’s List recipient.

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