CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Charleston Catholic High school volleyball team saw its six-year streak of state tournament appearances come to a screeching halt last fall, as the Irish failed to make the tournament for the first time since the 2005 season.
But that was just the beginning of the change surrounding the program that earned back-to-back Class A state titles in 2009 and 2010.
Since the conclusion of last season, the Irish program has had to work through the departure of three head coaches while turning over a roster that features a combined 11 freshmen and sophomores on its 13-member team.
Coach Lindsey Kuncher departed the program for personal reasons at the conclusion of last season, opening the door for Leisha Salyer.
Salyer coached the program through the annual summer workout period in June before leaving the position to coach at West Virginia State.
Last year's assistant coaches, Kristen Call and Angela Beblo, were named co-head coaches following Salyer's departure and seemed poised to lead the program through the current season, before the coaching carousel through the Irish yet another curve.
Call, who also served as the assistant general manager of marketing for the West Virginia Power, recently accepted a similar position with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and left the Irish program last Saturday, leaving Beblo as the only returning coach from last season.
"We thought we had a coach ready to go over the summer, but that fell through," Catholic senior Sierra Portillo said. "That wasn't that bad for the team because I was the only one that knew her (Salyer) or had played for her in the past.
"Losing Kristen was a little harder because she'd been here with us. It was hard for me to see her go, but even though I know everyone misses her, I'm proud of the way we've come together as a team. It's helped the team bond and band together because we're all going through this together."
Call was in her ninth season as an Irish assistant, while Beblo is finishing up her sixth season with the program.