Roberts captains all T-L?Volleyball
The prep volleyball season is officially a thing of the past.
However, the players that made the season so memorable are starting to reap the fruits of their labor as post-season honors begin to trickle in.
The annual all Times Leader Volleyball Team has been chosen by the T-L Sports Staff along with help of area volleyball coaches and features 14 players and honors a coach who led her team to a most impressive season.
Monroe Central senior standout Chelsie Roberts has been named the captain of the squad, while Barnesville head coach Nikki McEndree took the top honor in the coaching department.
Here’s a capsule look at the honorees:
CHELSIE ROBERTS, Monroe Central – This Lady Seminole had another highly impressive season for Coach Troy Baker’s team this fall.
Roberts finished the season with 262 digs, 218 kills, 201 points, 66 aces, 59 blocks and 25 assists. She led the Lady Seminoles in kills and aces. She had a 92 percent serving clip and had a 90 percent serve/receive ratio.
Roberts has been chosen as all-District 12, all-OVAC and will take part in both all-star matches next month.
“Chelsie could play every position,” Baker said. “She plays them all well. She’s a great athlete and a great leader. We’re definitely going to miss her. She’s been a huge part of our success the last four years.”
KELSEY DOUGLASS, Barnesville – This Lady Shamrocks senior earned her second letter and was a leader for the team, which finished 19-6 and advanced to the district tournament.
Douglass posted 158 kills, 24 aces, 162 points, 73 blocks and 66 digs. She also served at a 96 percent clip.
Along with this honor, Douglass was named to the all-District 12 and all-OVAC squads.
“Kelsey was a silent leader on the floor,” McEndree said. “She also did her job and gave 100 percent. She was a pleasure to coach and she’ll be missed next season.”
PAIGE GIBBONS, Barnesville – This Lady Shamrock senior made a huge impact for her team this fall.
She recorded 154 points, 41 aces, 25 blocks, 243 assists, 222 digs, 81 kills and she served at a 95 percent clip.
Gibbons was also named to the all-OVAC and all-District 12 squads.
“Paige has a great understanding of the game,” McEndree said. “Her talents and hustle will be missed next season.”
SHAINA OBERDICK, Martins Ferry – This four-year regular completed her prep career with another outstanding season for the Lady Riders.
Oberdick had a brilliant final season, which included 159 points, 149 kills, 54 aces, 25 digs and eight blocks.
For her efforts, Oberdick was named all-OVAC, all-Buckeye 8 and all-District 12.
“Shaina is one of the most intelligent players I’ve ever coached,” said Ferry head coach Chuck Probst. “She truly understands the game on both sides of the ball. One thing that always impressed me about Shaina was her work ethic and her attitude to leave it all on the floor. She is a team leader, knew when to step it up and she was constantly working with the younger players to make them better.”
EMILY NOWAKOWSKI, Bridgeport – This Lady Bulldog senior adapted well to the changes in Coach David Williamson’s approach and shined all season.
Nowakowski recorded 102 points, 26 aces, nine kills, 346 assists and 64 digs this season en route to her third letter.
Along with this honor, she was a second-team all-District 12 and all-OVAC selection and has been chosen to play in the OVAC All-Star Match.
“Emily worked very hard this season,” Williamson said. “She had to change her way of thinking as a setter. We’ve talked a lot about setting philosophy the last two years and she’s come a long way in that time. She took ownership of the position and really kept the team working well together.”
ANNIE TURNER, River – This Lady Pilots’ senior provided the veteran leadership a young team needed this past season for head coach Jim Turner’s team.
Turner had 523 assists, 46 kills, 41 aces, 23 blocks and served at a 93 percent clip. She was again named to the all-OVAC, all-District and all-PVC squads. Later this month, she’s been chosen to play in both the OVAC and District 12 All-Star Games.
“With our team being so young, with mostly freshmen and sophomores, Annie’s experience and leadership was critical to the team having one of its most successful seasons in recent history,” Turner said.
ALEXIS ST. CLAIR – St. Clairsville – This sophomore standout had a brilliant season, but head coach Christa Truchan is especially excited to see her the next two seasons.
This past season, St. Clair had 151 digs, 128 kills, 61 points, 30 blocks and served and received at a 90 percent accuracy clip.
“Lexi is a leader on and off the court bringing enthusiasm in everything she does,” Truchan said. “She’s able to make big plays when needed. She not only understands the game, but she’s got talent in all areas of the game, which her stats prove. She’s a very consistent player and I look forward to the next two years watching her continue to bring new things to the court.”
MADISON STEPHEN, Beallsville – This unquestioned Lady Blue Devils’ leader had a brilliant senior season for head coach Jeff Fluharty.
Stephen was the Lady Blue Devils’ leader in points, aces, saves and digs, while ranking second in kills and her serving percentage of 91 was also second on the squad.
Stephen has been chosen for the District 12 All-Star Game later this month and has also earned all-OVAC.
“Madison is one of the best volleyball players that I’ve seen,” Fluharty said. “She’s a very coachable player who works very hard at practice on all aspects of her game. She never complains and always listens to what we tell her. She has the one thing you can’t coach and that’s heart.”
KRISTEN RUSSELL, St. John Central – This Lady Irish senior wrapped her fourth straight highly productive season for head coach Megan Gesualdo.
Russell scored 225 points, including 55 aces. She had 122 kills, 77 digs, 322 assists, 345 passes and 42 blocks.
For her fine season, Russell was named all-district 12 and all-OVAC.
“Kristen was a true asset to our team,” Gesualdo said. “She would always cheer and keep the girls up. She played with great heart and gave 110 percent every time. She is truly going to be missed next year.”
KAYDIE COPPA, St. John Central – This Lady Irish senior just finished earning her third letter in Green.
Coppa finished the season with 202 points, including 50 aces. She had 55 kills, 211 assists, 87 digs, 36 blocks and 120 passes.
Along with this honor, Coppa was named second-team all District 12 and she’s an academic standout as well.
“Kaydie was another true asset to our team,” Gesualdo said. “She always hustled to the ball and was everywhere on the court. She just had that never-give-up attitude and played with heart and gave 110 percent every game. She, too, will be truly missed next year.”
TAYLAR CANTER, Bellaire – This Lady Big Reds’ senior libero had a brilliant campaign for Coach Kaye Sechrest’s squad en route to earning her fourth letter.
As the libero, Canter averaged 3.32 digs per set and 2.98 points per set. She also earned honors through the District 12.
“Taylar is an excellent libero, who will be missed next year,” Sechrest said. “She has helped get her teammates get better and has been an excellent example for the girls to follow. You ask your players to leave it all on the court and with Taylar that is what I got. She’s worked extremely hard and made herself a better volleyball player.”
JANESE ECKLEY, Harrison Central – This Lady Huskies’ outside hitter had a strong campaign for Coach Amy Ferri-McAfee’s squad.
Eckley finished with 114 kills, 170 digs, 27 solo blocks, 46 points and 15 aces. For her efforts, Eckley has earned all-Buckeye 8, all-OVAC and all-District 5 Honorable Mention.
“Janese was a very powerful outside hitter,” Ferri-McAfee said. “She was one of our best defensive players and sacrificed her body every game and every practice to dig the ball. She’s an all-around great player and team leader.”
KAYLA FILLIPOVICH, Buckeye Local – This three-year mainstay at the middle hitter spot put together another impressive campaign this season.
Fillipovich had 116 points, including 26 aces and served at an 87 percent clip. She had 152 kills, 72 blocks and 31 digs.
“Kayla is a tremendous athlete,” said Lady Panthers’ head coach Shelby Luther. “She’s consistently positive and always has a smile. She’s a dedicated athlete, whose work ethic and skills are exemplary. On and off the court, she’s proven to be a leader who is able to successfully motivate and inspire her teammates.”
SARAH SHEPPARD, Union Local – This four-year mainstay put forth the best season of her career as a senior for Coach Sarah Gibeaut.
Sheppard finished with 101 blocks, 145 kills, 97 digs, 97 points and 25 aces.
Along with this honor, Sheppard has been recognized as all-Buckeye 8, all-District 12 and all-OVAC.
“Sarah had the ability to change the tone of a game by slamming down a kill or shutting down a big hitter with a block,” Gibeaut said. “She gave everything she had every time she walked onto the court.”
NIKKI McENDREE, Barnesville – This veteran head coach completed her eighth season at the helm and guided the Lady Shamrocks to an impressive 19-6 mark and a trip to the Division IV district.
During the course of the season, McEndree also surpassed the 100-win plateau for her career. She’s currently 111-62 for her career.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have such a great group of players to work with,” McEndree said. “Our seniors will be missed. They were a pleasure to coach and were great leaders for the younger players.”