The Sun's 2013 all-area volleyball teams
Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 7:31 p.m.
Big school all-area volleyball teams
Kayla Simmons, P.K. Yonge, Sr., S: The Marshall University signee had 390 assists, 126 kills, 170 digs, 18 blocks, 247 service points with 63 aces for the Class 4A regional finalists.
Sammy Mueller, P.K. Yonge, So., S: Among the area leaders in assists with 555, along with 170 digs, 50 kills, 22 blocks, 261 service points with 76 aces for the 28-2 Blue Wave.
Jac'cara Walker, P.K. Yonge, So., OH: Among the area leaders in kills (405) and ace serves (103) with 265 service points, also had 285 digs and 19 blocks; finished fourth in voting for Florida Dairy Farmers Class 4A Player of the Year.
Gabby O'Connell, P.K. Yonge, So., MB: 226 kills, 152 digs with 39 blocks, 142 service points and 63 aces for the Blue Wave.
Kaelyn Nash, Gainesville, So., MB: At 6-foot-1, one of the area's most dominating players along the net with 302 kills, 90 blocks, 96 service points with 29 aces and 32 digs; all-tourney at Gator Town Classic and Bolles Invitational; GHS team MVP.
Whitney Drost, Santa Fe, Jr., OH: Led area with 437 kills for district runner-up Raiders; also had 177 digs, 20 blocks, 233 service points with 53 aces, six assists; all tourney at Gator Town Classic and Trinity Prep Tournament.
Julie Fuchs, Buchholz, Sr., OH: Consistent player who had 297 kills, 201 digs, 34 aces and 21 blocks for the Bobcats, who lost a five-setter in the first round of the playoffs to 7A state champion Oviedo.
Kelly Collins, Buchholz, Jr., OH/L: Bobcats' co-MVP had 186 kills, 316 digs, 34 aces and 21 blocks.
Sydney Richeson, Buchholz, So., L: Steady defensive player with 463 digs and 12 serving aces
Alex Fischer, Gainesville, Sr., S: 770 assists, 172 service points, 37 aces, 140 digs for the regional semifinalists.
Jennifer Rosado, Gainesville, Jr., MB: 206 kills, 77 blocks for the Hurricanes.
Eboni Harris, P.K. Yonge, 8th grade, MB: 153 kills, 46 blocks for the Blue Wave.
Heather Page, Eastside, Jr., OH: 257 kills, 226 digs, 17 blocks, 125 service points, 22 aces; Gainesville Elite Tournament MVP
Alana Sherman, Eastside, Sr., MB: 138 kills, 74 blocks, 92 service points, 35 aces for the Rams.
HONORABLE MENTION: Buchholz: Kate Hellkamp (So., S); Imari Ashley (Jr., MB); Columbia: Annie Milton (Sr., MH); Jara Courson (Jr., OH); Hanna Baker (Jr., S); Eastside: Maddie Burger (Sr., OH); Mekyala Williams (So., S); Maggie Carnes (So., MB/OH); Fort White: Rykia Jackson (Jr., L); Arianna House (Jr., OH); Ashley Cason (Jr., S); Gainesville: Morgan Forrest (Jr., L); Kelcee Legrand (Jr., DS); Kelsey Watts (Sr., OH); Aubrey Woodley (Jr., OH); Interlachen: Jennifer Roberts (Sr., OH/S); Kadei Gillman (So., MH); P.K. Yonge: Courtney Chappell (Jr., OH); Kiki Sermons (So., OH); Cameron Childs (8th grade, L/DS); Jaq Mueller (7th grade, DS/L); Santa Fe: Meagan Irish (So., MB), Caitlin Lander (So.); Haley McCallum (So.); Ashton Marshall (So.); Kaylee Herring (So.); Jamie Holton (Sr.); Hannah Smith (Jr.); Suwannee: Sarah Futch (Sr., OH); Mallory Morgan (Sr., S); Molly Vogel (Jr., L).
Coach of the Year: Chad Davis, P.K. Yonge
In his first season, Davis led the Blue Wave, a team with one senior, to a 28-2 record and the 4A regional finals, with some impressive road wins over Tampa Berkeley Prep (nationally ranked at the time), Venice (6A state semifinalists) and Miami Westminster (3A state champions). The executive director of Gainesville Juniors, Davis led P.K. Yonge to win the Winter Park/Lake Highland Prep tournament and to 22 straight victories, ranked among MaxPreps' Excellent 25 national rankings before falling to state finalist Lake Highland Prep in five sets in the regional finals.
Small school all-area volleyball teams
Allison Benton, St. Francis, Sr., OH: Runner-up in voting for Florida Dairy Farmers Class 3A Player of the Year, the Catawba College (N.C.) signee had 422 kills, 257 digs, 35 aces and 17 blocks for the 3A state semifinalists.
Farah Rajaee, St. Francis, Sr., S: Led the area with 860 assists; also had 278 service points, 47 aces and 70 kills for the 27-4 Wolves; Gator Town Classic MVP.
Ann Lorrayne Bzoch, St. Francis, Sr., L: Had 623 receptions (96% receive) with 481 digs, 77 assists and 30 aces for the Wolves, which reached the final four for second straight season.
Kelsey Harris, Newberry, Jr., OH: The Class 1A Florida Dairy Farmers Player of the Year, led the Panthers to their first state tournament, had 391 kills, 463 digs, 104 aces on 231 service points, eight blocks and 13 assists.
Chelsea Dola, Williston, Sr., S: Suwannee Conference MVP who led the Red Devils to their first regional final in 15 years; had 131 blocks, 93% serving percentage and 55 kills.
Shelbie Hutto, Bell, Jr., OH: Led the Bulldogs to their second straight regional final; had 341 kills and 120 service points.
Lydia Land, Lafayette, Sr., L: Led the area in digs with 960, 97% serving percentage with 58 aces for the Hornets, which reached the regional semifinals.
Sky Martin, Oak Hall, Jr., OH: Led the Eagles with 235 kills, 281 digs and 110 service points in Cari Martin's final season as coach after 26 years.
Morgan Vanasco, Williston, Sr., OH: 218 kills, 53 ace serves for the 1A regional finalists.
Sydney Barry, Lafayette, Sr., OH: 238 kills, 18 blocks for the Hornets.
Madison Wyatt, Cornerstone Academy, Jr., S: 613 assists, 142 service points with 39 aces, 66 kills and 166 digs for the Cougars.
Haley Grooms, Cornerstone Academy, Sr., OH: 204 kills, 213 digs, 111 service points, 30 aces.
Kayla Andrews, Union County, Jr., OH/L: 522 digs, 151 service points, 69 aces, 165 kills, 315 serve receive, 10 assists; AVCA Florida Regional 1A Player of the Year.
Ashton Mathews, Bell, So., MB: 180 kills, 75 blocks, 218 service points for the 1A regional finalists.
Mariah Sapp, Newberry, Jr., S: 512 assists, 128 digs, 127 service points with 36 aces, 23 kills and five blocks for 1A state semifinalists.
Allie Card, The Rock, Jr., OH: 235 kills, 208 digs, 180 service points with 72 aces for the 23-8 Lions.
HONORABLE MENTION: Bell: Baylee Rolling (Jr., S); Katarina Kresovic (Jr., L); Raychel Thomas (Jr., S); Bronson: Brittany Riley (Jr.); Jasmine Parker (Jr.); Allie Phillips (So.); Jan Gonthier (So.); Chiefland: Brittany Gilliam (Sr., MB); Kira Telgen (Jr., MB); Marjorie Cothron (Sr., S); Cornerstone: Jenny Wing (Sr., OH), Amanda Perry (8th grade, L); Johanna Mantel (So., MB); Megan Read (Jr.); Emily Maule (So.); Dixie County: Katelyn VanAernam (Jr., S); Katie Jones (So., MB); Allie Rogers (Jr., OH); Brittany Mitchell (Jr., OH); Taylor Prentice (Sr., MB); Claire Currie (Sr., DS); Lafayette: Haley Ellefson (8th grade, MB); Darby Guyton (Sr., OH); Savanna Hamlin (Sr., S); Newberry: Lexus McCray (Fr., RS); Sydney Daugherty (Jr., OH); Grace Daugherty (Fr., MB); Shae Ridgeway (Jr., L); Oak Hall: Kelsie Tebbett (Sr., MB), Brooke Evans (Jr., S), Savannah Clark (Jr., OH); The Rock: Maddy Fletcher (Fr.); Trenton: Ginger Deen (So.); Kylah Dawson (Jr.); Union County: Tristyn Southerland (Jr., OH/S), Kaylan Tucker (So., MB/MH); Kayla Nettles (Sr., S); Lilly Combs (Jr., S); Taylor Joyner (Sr., MB/MH); Williston: Darby Battle (Sr.); Taylor Whilden (Sr., L).
Coach of the Year: Nick Cheronis, St. Francis and Dena Perry, Newberry
In his third season, Cheronis led the Wolves to their second straight state tournament, falling to state champion Miami Westminster in the state semifinals in Kissimmee. Handed P.K. Yonge its only regular-season loss, the Wolves went 27-4 this season and didn't give up a set in the playoffs until the state semifinals. This after going 27-5 the year before and losing to Orlando The First Academy in the 3A state finals. Cheronis recently resigned from St. Francis to become Santa Fe College's first women's volleyball coach.
In her first season as coach, Perry took the Panthers to their first state tournament ever, winning at Williston in five sets in the 1A regional finals. A former assistant at P.K. Yonge and Gainesville High, her Panthers opened the season ending Lafayette's 43-match win streak in Mayo. Newberry endured some injuries along the way, but by the end of the season was healthy enough to make a historic run through the state playoffs, led by 1A Player of the Year Kelsey Harris, winning its first playoff match en route to its first final four. The previous season, Newberry reached its first playoff 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 John Boothe. If a team is not represented, it is because the coach did not respond to emails sent to the school requesting information and numerous reminders in the newspaper.
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