19 Scioto Countians earn District 14 VB honors

Smith, Glockner win D-IV POY, COY

By Kevin Colley - kcolley@aimmediamidwest.com

Throughout the course of the 2017 season, the Scioto County area has seen its fair share of volleyball talent rise up to the top.

That was proven in the individuals that represented the area on the District 14 volleyball lists as eight of the 19 honorees earned First-Team District 14 honors on Tuesday evening.

In addition to the amount of honorees on the list, Notre Dame’s Lexi Smith, who earned Player of the Year honors in the Division IV realm, and Kelsey Glockner, who joined her player on the list as the District 14 Coach of the Year, were among the main headliners in one of Scioto County’s most impressive lists to date.

Division III

First Team

In Division III, the well-accomplished duo of Ellie Ruby, who has over 1,000 digs for her career, and Aiden Fields, who has obtained more than 1,000 kills for her career, sit at the top perch as two of the six first-team Division III honorees in District 14.

Ruby, a three-sport standout who is a senior, has obtained 484 digs, 387 service receptions, and 35 aces through 24 affairs in 2017. The senior, who eclipsed the 1,000-dig plateau in a straight-set victory over Raceland (Ky.) on Sept. 25, has notched career totals of 1,233 digs, 1,047 service receptions, and 124 aces during her four-year varsity career.

As for Fields, the fellow Class of 2018 graduate has recorded an attack percentage well north of .290 en route to starring on the Portsmouth frontline for three full seasons. Fields, a star server who has also collected over 200 aces for her career, eclipsed the 1,000-kill mark against Coal Grove on Sept. 12 in what was a straight-set victory.

Third Team

On the third team unit, a pair of passing dynamos notched Division III, District 14 Third-Team accolades as Portsmouth’s Allison Douthat and Wheelersburg’s Abbie Kallner, who have each obtained over 1,000 assists for their careers, obtained District 14 Third Team honors on Tuesday.

Kallner, who accomplished the feat in a straight-set victory over Waverly on Oct. 5, has collected 585 assists, 135 digs, and 22 aces in 2017 en route to her accolades. The junior already has 1,186 assists and 364 digs for her career with a season left to play. Douthat, who has obtained 1,847 assists for her career, 1,083 service receptions, and a stellar 96.1 serving percentage as of the latest stat report, became the first player to obtain 1,000 assists on Sept. 29, 2016. Her presence on the backline allowed Portsmouth to put together three consecutive seasons with at least 14 wins and a winning record.

Honorable Mention

In addition to the previously mentioned quartet, Wheelersburg’s Alli McQuay, along with Valley’s Marissa Markins and Minford’s Maddie Slusher, also made the list. McQuay has obtained team-highs of 254 kills and 46 aces to go along with 21 solo blocks in 2017, while Slusher has amassed 468 service receptions, 345 digs, and 28 aces. Markins, a multi-sport athlete who starred as Valley’s primary frontline hitter, led Valley to a 10-8 record in 2017.

Division IV

First Team

In Division IV, the Scioto County contingent wasted no time sweeping the list of awards as Smith, along New Boston’s Ali Hamilton, the Clay contingent of Jensen Warnock and Delanie Gilliland, New Boston’s Ali Hamilton, South Webster’s Hannah Spergin, and Notre Dame’s Ali Smith, obtained District 14 First-Team honors behind their play throughout the course of the 2017 season.

Lexi Smith, who eclipsed the 1,500-kill mark for her career in a straight-set victory over East back on Oct. 10, has been nothing short of incredible throughout her four-year varsity career, as the senior currently has 1,580 kills, a .484 attack percentage, 760 digs, 679 service receptions, 319 blocks, and 218 aces to her credit.

Smith has continued her outstanding efforts en route to her second consecutive Division IV, District 14 Player of the Year honor, as her 423 kills, .492 attack percentage, 252 digs, 83 blocks, and 67 aces are currently team-highs. Ali Smith, a gritty libero who has collected 578 digs, 535 service receptions, and 129 aces for her career, has posted 138 service receptions, currently sits second on the team in digs (224) and assists (55), and has 39 aces on a team-best 97.5 percent serving mark in 2017 for the 18-5 Lady Titans.

However, the pair are far from the only exceptional duo, as Gilliland and Warnock have proven throughout the course of the 2017 campaign.

Warnock, who has obtained stellar marks of 984 kills, a .385 attack percentage, 877 digs, and 152 aces for her career, leads the team in kills (383), attack percentage (.414), service receptions (263), and digs (299) while also amassing 51 aces in 2017. Gilliland, who has collected 632 kills, a .350 attack percentage, 188 aces, and 42 blocks during her career, leads Clay’s 22-2 unit with 87 aces and is second on the squad with 248 kills, a .343 attack percentage, and 19 blocks. The 5-11 junior also has posted 193 digs and 158 service receptions in 2017.

As with each of the aforementioned quartet, Hamilton — another standout multi-sport athlete — has simply posted incredible stats for New Boston in 2017. The senior, who has collected 1,049 kills, 589 digs, 388 total blocks (276 solo) and 148 aces across her outstanding four-year career, has been nothing short of the aforementioned superlative in 2017 as the middle hitter leads the team in kills (261), attack percentage (.420), service receptions (296), digs (146), and blocks (79) in 2017. Hamilton has also collected 35 aces to head up a spectacular effort for the 18-5 Lady Tigers.

Lastly, Spergin, who has shown out as one of the best backline players in the SOC II ranks, finished the 2017 season with team-highs in service receptions (574), digs (388), and serving percentage (92 percent) while also adding 35 aces to round out a strong junior campaign for Darcee Claxon’s program.

Second Team

Behind the initial half-dozen, Clay’s Lila Brown, Notre Dame’s Clara Hash, and South Webster’s Olivia Messer also made their marks on the Division IV, District 14 list. Brown, who obtained her 1,000th assist on the day that Clay won the Alexander Invitational on Sept. 16, leads a frontline attack that has amassed 938 kills in 2017. Hash, an all-around talent, has 180 digs, 146 kills, 130 service receptions, and 36 aces in 2017, also earned second team accolades, while Messer led South Webster in kills (254) and also obtained 266 service receptions, to go along with 234 digs, in 2017.

Honorable Mention

On the honorable mention list, a trio of frontline hitters rounded out the list as Katie Dettwiller (Notre Dame), Kaylee Stone (New Boston), and Taylor Lewis (Clay) all made the unit.

Dettwiller, who has 411 kills and 127 total blocks for her career, has obtained 167 kills, a .380 attack percentage, and 47 blocks in 2017, while Stone, who has 428 kills, 345 digs, 155 blocks, and 93 aces for her career, has accumulated 195 kills, a .312 attack percentage, 220 service receptions, and 68 blocks over the course of the year. Lewis, who has obtained 541 kills, 93 aces, and 85 blocks over her career to this point, has shown immense improvement in collecting 242 kills, a .280 attack percentage, 163 service receptions, 140 digs, 54 aces, and 40 blocks for the Lady Panthers.

Additional Notes:

Waverly’s Jessie Silcott was honored in the Division II, District 14 realm, garnering 149 kills on a .252 attack percentage for the Lady Tigers … Piketon’s Cami Chandler and Jordan Morris combined for 818 kills and put together attack percentages of .405 and .387, respectively en route to first and second team honors in D-III, District 14, with the pair adding 80 blocks, 469 digs, and 457 service receptions combined … Chandler was named as the Player of the Year, while Morris was named to the second team … Fellow teammate Maci Conley collected 797 assists to obtain third-team honors …. Eastern’s Katie Newsome (285 service receptions, 166 digs, 162 kills), along with Western’s Carigan Haggy (316 service receptions, 233 digs, 189 kills, 52 aces) and Jordyn Haggy (275 assists, 141 digs, 116 kills, 53 aces) all earned between second team to honorable mention accolades in Division IV, District 14.

Smith, Glockner win D-IV POY, COY

By Kevin Colley