Rigorous Training, Fun Bonding Experiences

Interest is burgeoning in high school volleyball at The Summit Country Day, and the program’s achievements are following suit.

The 2016 varsity team tied for first place in the Miami Valley Conference Scarlet Division and claimed a share of its first league title since 2005. The Lady Knights won outright conference championships in 2004 and 2003.

As more players have dedicated themselves to club volleyball and offseason strides, The Summit has strengthened its presence. The popular sport yielded more than 30 high school players in 2016, and the school’s no-cut policy allowed for two junior varsity teams.

The Lady Knights have a rigorous offseason conditioning and weight-training regimen, but they also have fun team-bonding experiences like park picnics or participation in Breakout Cincinnati (an adventure requiring collaboration to solve a puzzle and escape a room).

The varsity program competes in elite volleyball team camps to hone players’ skills. In recent years Summit has participated in camps at University of Cincinnati and Miami University.

Standout Summit players have included Hannah Cunningham '13, the 2012 MVC Scarlet Division player of the year, and Class of 2014 middle hitter Dana Thomas '14, who went on to play at Oberlin College.

Brooke Thomas’s first season as The Summit’s varsity volleyball coach was in 2016-17, but she has coached and taught in the Cincinnati area since 2005.

After graduating from Cleveland’s St. Peter Chanel High School in 2000 and Ohio University in 2004 – and earning her Master’s degree from Miami University in 2011 – Coach Thomas served as a Lakota West High School junior varsity boys’ volleyball coach and a varsity boys’ assistant coach. She led the Lakota Ridge Junior School girls’ middle school team to a Greater Miami Conference title in 2012. Coach Thomas later spent two seasons as a girls’ volleyball varsity assistant coach at Bishop Fenwick High School. She teaches math in The Summit’s Upper School.