Volleyball players of the year


P.K. Yonge's Kaitlin Brennan, left, and Buchholz's Christine Pinder

Published: Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 11:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 11:44 p.m.

Class 3A-6A player of the year

NAME: Christine Pinder

SCHOOL: Buchholz

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: OH

HEIGHT: 5-foot-9

COLLEGE CHOICE: Houston

NOTABLE: Pinder was nominated for player of the year by more coaches than anyone else; as a freshman, Pinder was praised by national volleyball writer John Tawa of prepvolleyball.com as a player he saw with an extremely bright future. In 2009 Pinder was named a "senior ace" and was ranked between 101-250 nationally as a prospect by Tawa; had the media voted in 2007, Pinder likely would have been the FHSAA Class 6A final four MVP; was nicknamed Christine "the Machine" for her hitting prowess

Class 1B-2A player of the year

NAME: Kaitlin Brennan

SCHOOL: P.K. Yonge

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: MB

HEIGHT: 5-foot-10

COLLEGES BEING CONSIDERED: Rollins, Nova, Queens

NOTABLE: Brennan edged teammate Courtney Treweek, a senior setter/outside hitter, for this award; For the season, Brennan amassed 225 kills (team high), 98 digs, 28 blocks (team high) and 72 service points (12 of which were aces) for the Class 3A, Region 2 finalist Blue Wave; P.K. Yonge coach Perry McDonald praised Brennan for exceptional practice habits that changed her from a player who was uncomfortable in the back row to one who made her team better when she was there

3A-6A coach of the year: Michele Faulk (Santa Fe)

Credentials: Quietly, Faulk has built one of the area's most consistently successful programs, as Santa Fe has reached the FHSAA playoffs every year since 2001. Included in that are three appearances in the regional finals. She led the 2009 Raiders to a 17-13 record, the District5-3A championship and a spot in the FHSAA Class 3A, Region 2 final at eventual state runner-up Melbourne Holy Trinity.

1B-2A coach of the year: Perry McDonald (P.K. Yonge)

Credentials: If it weren't for state champions, McDonald's Blue Wave might be on a title run of their own. In four of the last five seasons P.K. Yonge has been eliminated in the regional final by the eventual champ, and in a couple of those cases many educated observers have noted the Blue Wave had the second-best team in their classification. This year P.K. Yonge had the area's No. 1 team and finished 25-6 and District 5-2A champions.

ALL-AREA TEAMS

Class 3A-6A first team

Name/School/Year/Pos./Credentials

Christine Pinder/Buchholz/Sr./OH/339 kills, 315 digs, 203 SP (39 aces), 23 blocksHouston

Cynthia Smith/Santa Fe/Sr./OH/278 kills, 200 digs, 194 SP (81 aces), 10 blocks

Anna Bedford/Buchholz/Sr./OH/248 kills, 284 digs, 28 blocks, 150 SP (30 aces)

Carly Hellstrom/Gainesville/Jr./Lib/211 digs

Kenyoda Esters/Gainesville/Jr./MB-OH/196 kills, 57 blocks

Gigi Meyer/Buchholz/Jr./S/609 assists, 103 digs, 172 SP (69 aces)

Eryn Croft/Gainesville/Jr./OH/247 kills, 175 SP (84 aces), 68 blocks

Class 3A-6A second team

Name/School/Year/Pos./Credentials

Kaylen Schroeder/Gainesville/Jr./MB/178 kills, 93 blocks

Brittany Ferry/Buchholz/Sr./RH/205 kills, 23 digs, 56 blocks, 171 SP (43 aces)

Tori Lovins/Santa Fe/Jr./S/635 assists, 222 SP (86 aces), 47 kills

Sarah Resta/Fort White/Sr./OH/269 kills, 229 digs, 125 SP, 10 blocks

Carson Mize/Union County/Sr./S/428 assists, 64 kills, 238 digs, 138 SP (59 aces), 13 blocks

Lindsay Smith/Eastside/Soph./MB/211 Kills, 38 aces, 150 SP, 61 blocks, 68 digs, 6 assists

Elise Falck/Eastside/Fr./Lib/569 digs, 537 serve receives, 22 kills, 17 SP (7 aces)

Class 1A-2A first team

Name/School/Year/Pos./Credentials

Kaitlin Brennan/P.K. Yonge/Sr./MB/225 kills, 98 digs, 28 blocks, 72 SP (12 aces)

Courtney Treweek/P.K. Yonge/Sr./S-OH/340 assists, 154 kills, 131 digs, 18 blocks, 136 SP (41 aces)

Tina Toghiyani/Oak Hall/Jr./MB/367 Kills, 316 Digs, 69 Blocks, 144 SP (29 aces)

Emily VanGelder/Oak Hall/Soph./OH/253 Kills, 408 Digs, 270 SP (71 aces), 18 Blocks

Devonne DeGance/St. Francis/Jr./Lib/367 Digs, 97% serving, 76 Aces, 96% Serve-Receive

Annie Kennedy/St. Francis/Sr./OH/211 Kills, 93% serving, 52 Aces, 174 Digs, .327 Hitting Attack %

Mayan Alvarado/P.K. Yonge/Sr./S/387 assists, 275 service points (92 aces), 81 digs, 12 kills

Class 1A-2A second team

Name/School/Year/Pos./Credentials

Courtney Stephens/P.K. Yonge/8th./Lib/199 digs, 102 service points, 26 aces, reminds coach of Elyse Cusack & Nicki Meyer

Tahlia Pollitt/P.K. Yonge/Sr./MB/153 Kills, 81 digs, 21 blocks, 197 SP (56 aces)

Jenny Dugan/St. Francis/Jr./MB/218 Kills, 58 Solo Blocks, .299 Hitting Attack %

McKenzie Hollen/Oak Hall/Fr./S/648 Assist, 232 Digs, 231 SP (48 aces)

Jasmyne Flournoy/P.K. Yonge/Jr./OH/210 kills, 177 digs, 11 blocks, 154 service points (35 aces)

Katie O'Meara/Oak Hall/Jr./OH/148 Kills, 172 Digs, 164 SP (43 aces)

Felicia Fallo/St. Francis/Fr./S/347 Assists, 96% serving, 32 aces

Honorable mention: Bell- Samantha Williams, Preslee Sanders, Jessica Sanders, Rielee Moore; Bradford- LaKia Bright (Fr. MB), Ashley Johnson (Soph. S); Branford- Tiffany Williams, Paige Bumgart; Buchholz- Jazz Maris (Sr. S), Alyssa James (Jr. MB), Caroline Redmond (Fr. MB); Columbia- Taylor Messer (Jr. MLindsay Westberry, B); Eastside- Sommer Nichols (Soph. OH), Bridgette Cook (Fr. OH), Jessica Berens (Jr. OH); Fort White- Colec Rendek (S), Erica Rossell, Sara Stringfellow (Lib); Interlachen- Sheila Goodwin, Devonya Smith, Jaleesa Green, Jessica Dotson; Newberry- Tressa Jepsen (Jr. LS), Stephanie Hardy (Sr. MB); Oak Hall- Danielle Ellis (Jr. DS), Erica Pope (Fr. DS); P.K. Yonge- Collyn Welsch (Jr. OH), Ashlee Cockrell (Sr. OH), Kendall Jones (Sr. DS); St. Francis- Alex Snyder (Sr. OH), Keane Brazda (Fr. S-OH), Megan Lee (Fr. OH); Santa Fe- Grace Alleman; Union County- Linsey Clark (Jr. MB), Brianne Clyatt (Sr. RH), Jordan Windham (Sr. DS); Williston- Julie Fugate, Katie Casperson, Mallary Brochetti, Haley Beckham, Ericka Floyd, Kayla Thorrington, Devin Domenico

Note: The all-area teams and players of the year were selected by Gainesville Sun sports writer John Patton with assistance from area coaches. If a team is not represented, it is because the coach did not respond to a ballot faxed to the school and numerous requests in the newspaper asking for reply. Some players whose coaches did not respond were named all-area because an opposing coach nominated them or because John Patton found information through maxpreps.com and included them on his own.

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