The North East High School volleyball team met one more time this season to hold its annual banquet. The girls and their families shared dinner, a slideshow, some laughs and some great memories from the season.
Each of the girls received a letter or bar, a certificate of participation and a stat packet with information about the season. Special awards were given by the coaches and also voted on by the team members.
Alison Kitchen received the coach’s award for the girl who made practice fun and spread some comic relief during games. Kitchen earned a starting position in the middle. She was dedicated to her team and continued to play even after an ankle injury.
The defensive player award went to Alexis Orton. Orton was a defensive specialist who was asked to play all three positions in the back row at some point in the season. She is fearless when digging a ball even if it means bruising her knees, hips or head. She was second on the team with 179 digs.
Offensive players of the season were Kaylan Mayes and Emma Vik. You can’t hit the ball without a good set and you can’t score an assist without someone to kill the ball.
Vik had 726 assists which placed her in the fifth spot on the record board. She had 54 assists during the Girard match, which put her second in the records for assists in a match.
Mayes led the team with 244 kills as an outside hitter, which was a new position this year. Her career kills were 359. She totaled 46 aces and 28 blocks.
Most improved players were Sarah Wakley and Selina Hartley.
Wakley earned a starting position on the outside this year. She had 199 kills for the season and 11 blocks. She served 97 percent, missing only two serves.
Hartley had a season ending concussion last year and fought back to earn a starting position on the right side this year. She had 150 kills and developed a very nice line shot. She also stepped in when Emma got hurt during a tournament.
The MVP trophy went to Riley McFeely. She also earned a starting position in the middle and went to work totaling 218 kills, 40 blocks and had 23 aces. She worked hard developing different offensive attacks all season. For her career, she had 306 kills, 57 blocks and 30 aces.
The most outstanding trophy went to three-year letter winner Madison Miller. Miller played in over 300 games as a libero for the varsity team. She holds two varsity career records. The first is career digs with 1,218 and serving aces with 159. She is second on the list for digs in a match with 40. She is also second for season digs with 486.
This team exceeded everyone’s expectations by going 10-2 in the region and making it to the semifinals in district playoffs.