The Sun's all-area volleyball teams
Published: Monday, December 24, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 24, 2012 at 12:22 a.m.
This is the fourth in a series of The Sun's fall sports all-area athletes of the year, for all-area teams and coaches.
Gaby Rubeis, Buchholz, Sr., S: Led area with 790 assists, also had 115 kills, 171 digs, 34 service aces, 12 blocks for 7A state semifinalists.
Caroline Redmond, Buchholz, Sr., OH: Led area with 449 kills, also had 245 digs, 30 service aces and 17 blocks; finished 3rd for 6A Player of the Year.
Olivia Reed, Buchholz, Sr., OH: The Appalachian State commit had 201 kills, 209 digs and 45 service aces
Chancie Grant, Gainesville, Sr., MB: The St. Thomas University signee led the area with 86 blocks, also had 316 kills, 232 service points, 30 aces, 89 digs for 6A regional semifinalists (lost to state champion Ocala Vanguard)
Alex Fischer, Gainesville, Jr., S: 2nd in area with 760 assists, also had 206 service points, 28 aces, 183 digs and 22 kills.
Kayla Cain, Santa Fe, Sr., OH: 255 kills, 76 service aces, 151 digs, 21 blocks in 25 matches (missed five with ankle injury) for 4A regional finalists (lost to state champion Orlando Bishop Moore).
Alex Mueller, Eastside, Sr., S: 320 assists, 100 kills, 147 digs, 127 service points, 44 aces, 12 blocks for 5A regional quarterfinalists.
Kelsey Watts, Gainesville, Jr., OH: 185 kills, 280 service points, 73 aces and 253 digs.
Josie Corbett, Gainesville, Sr., L: 319 digs, 224 service points and 36 aces.
Emma Lannon, Eastside, Sr., RS: 237 kills, 145 digs, 132 service points, 43 aces, 43 assists and 27 blocks.
Whitney Drost, Santa Fe, So., MB: 222 kills, 55 service aces, 36 blocks and 17 digs.
Julie Fuchs, Buchholz, Jr., MB: 152 kills, 22 blocks, 25 service aces.
Zoe McElwain, Gainesville, Fr., DS/L: 220 digs, 208 service points and 34 aces.
Ella Spelman, Buchholz, Sr., RS: 142 kills, 21 blocks
HONORABLE MENTION: Buchholz: Kelly Collins (So., L/DS); Fort White: Lynce Stalnaker (Sr., OH), Leah Johnson (Jr., OH), Hallie Stringfellow (So., S), Ashley Beckman (Sr., OH); Gainesville: Jennifer Rosado (So., MB), Alanna Markowitz (Sr., DS), Kaelyn Nash (Fr., MB/OH), Marguerite Mills (Sr., OH); Santa Fe: Jamie Holton (Jr., OH), Hannah Smith (So., S), Meagan Irish (Fr., MB), Kathryn Forrester (So., RS)
COACH OF THE YEAR
Justin Dee, Buchholz
In his first season, Dee led the Bobcats to a 25-6 record and their second Final Four in school history and first since winning it all (Class 6A) in 2007. Buchholz, which had lost to nationally-ranked and state champion Venice in a grueling five-set state semifinal, fell just short of the state semifinals the previous year. Dee edged Santa Fe coach Michele Faulk, whose Raiders went 26-4 and lost to 4A state champion and nationally No. 1 Orlando Bishop Moore in the regional finals.
Lindsay O'Steen, Lafayette, Sr., OH: Florida Dairy Farmers Class 1A Player of the Year, 446 kills (31 in state semifinal win over Baker), 239 digs, 91 aces for 1A state champion
Allison Benton, St. Francis, Jr., OH: Finished 3rd for 3A Player of the Year, 343 kills, 248 digs, 40 service aces, 10 blocks for 3A state finalists.
Kathryn Herrington, St. Francis, Sr., MB: 2nd in area with 82 blocks, also had 218 kills.
Jordyn Saulsberry, P.K. Yonge, So., OH: 390 kills, 224 digs, 45 service aces for 3A regional semifinalists.
McKenzie Hollen, Oak Hall, Sr., L/DS: 516 digs (surpassed 1,000 career dig mark), 41 service aces and 75 assists
Tori Mantel, Cornerstone, Sr., MB/S: 234 kills, 254 digs, 200 assists, 54 service aces, 31 blocks for 2A regional finalists.
Kelsey Harris, Newberry, So., OH: 216 kills, 166 digs, 200 service points, 104 aces (led area) for 1A regional semifinalists (1st playoff appearance in 30 years)
Lydia Land, Lafayette, Jr., S: Led area with 635 digs, and also had 61 aces.
Jac'cara Walker, P.K. Yonge, Fr., OH: 226 kills, 213 digs, 40 service aces.
Kayla Simmons, P.K. Yonge, Jr., S: 636 assists, 226 digs, 129 kills and 41 service aces.
Ann Lorrayne Bzoch, St. Francis, Jr., L: 477 digs, 82 assists and 36 service aces.
Farah Rajaee, St. Francis, Jr., S: 649 assists, 299 service points and 75 aces.
Kelly Cason, Newberry, Sr., RS: 91 kills, 93 digs, 127 service points, 70 aces, 30 assists and 6 blocks.
Bridgette Cook, Cornerstone, OH, Sr.: 172 kills, 175 service points, 47 aces, 252 digs and 20 blocks.
HONORABLE MENTION: Bell: Olivia Bailey (Sr., OH/OPP/S), Shelbie Hutto (So., MH/OH), Ashton Mathews (Fr., MH/OH), Brittany Mauldin (Sr., OH/OPP/MH), Cassidy Panchyshyn (So., DS/L), Baylee Rolling (So., OPP/OH/DS), Raychel Thomas (So., S/DS); Cornerstone: Haley Grooms (Jr., OH/MB), Tyler Owens (Sr., S/RS), Sydney Richeson (Fr., L), Jenny Wing (Jr., MB), Madison Wyatt (So., S); Dixie County: Megan Bell (Sr., S), Katie Jones (Fr., MB), Hannah Robson (So., L), Allie Rogers (So., OH), Taylor Prentice (Jr., MB), Katelyn VanAernam (So., S); Lafayette: Kaleigh Law (Sr., S), Bailey Edwards (Sr., MB), Ellen Lashley (Sr., OH), Darby Guyton (Jr., DS), Sydney Barry (Jr., MH); Oak Hall: Amanda Gray (Sr., OH), Erica Pope (Sr., DS), Kelsie Tebbett (Jr., MB), Brooke Evans (So., S), Sky Martin (So., OH), Jilly Gibbs (Fr., MB); P.K. Yonge: Elise Falck (Sr., L), Gabby O'Connell (Fr., MB); St. Francis: Megan Lee (Sr., OH); Trenton: Kaylee Crawford (Sr., MB); Union County: Emily Akridge (Sr., MH/MB), Ashlyn Harden (Sr., MH/OH), Kayla Andrews (So., OH/L), Tristyn Southerland (So., OH/S), Kayla Nettles (Jr., S), Caroline Rimes (Sr., S/OH)
COACH OF THE YEAR
Sonya Land, Lafayette
In her fifth year as varsity coach, Land, a 1980 school alum, led the Hornets to a 25-0 season and their second straight Class 1A volleyball state title. Lafayette dominated this past season, winning 24 of its 25 matches by 3-0 shutouts. Newberry was the only team to win a set over the Hornets, who have won 45 straight matches. Land, the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 1A Coach of the Year, edged St. Francis coach Nick Cheronis (3A state finalist), Cornerstone coach Stephanie Wyatt (2A regional finalist) and Newberry coach Sarah Clark, whose Panthers reached the playoffs for the first time in 30 years.
The Gainesville Sun all-area teams, players of the year and coaches of the year were selected by Sun high school sports editor Larry Savage with help from area coaches and Sun correspondent Cliff Olsen. If a team is not represented, it is because the coach did not respond to a fax sent to the school requesting information and numerous reminders in the newspaper.
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