|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: WAVERLY'S MEYERS NAMED VOLLEYBALL 'PLAYER OF THE YEAR' — SINSABAUGH, CROFT ALSO HONORED (2018-11-27)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Senior Sydney Meyers led Waverly volleyball to new heights this season — the program’s first-ever Section IV title and an appearance in the New York State playoffs — and in doing so earned the 2018 Valley Sports Report “Player of the Year” honors.
And, to the victor goes the spoils as Waverly’s Kesha Sinsabaugh is the “Coach of the Year,” and Waverly junior Chloe Croft is the “Newcomer of the Year.”
Meyers is a dynamic hitter, but also a tremendous all-around player. She recorded her 400th career point and 400th career dig this season, and also graduates with three school records — 658 career digs, 323 digs in a season, and 32 service points in one match.
This season, Meyers recorded 258 service points, including 77 aces, 205 kills, 323 digs, and nine blocks.
Sinsabaugh took over a Waverly program mired in mediocrity prior to the 2011 season, and led them to an 8-8 record and a postseason appearance in her first season. In her second year, the Lady Wolverines advanced to the Section IV Class C finals, where it came up short against Susquehanna Valley.
It took six years, but Sinsabaugh got the Lady Wolverines back to the Class C finals this season, and avenged that loss to Susquehanna Valley for the program’s first-ever Section IV title.
A leader on the floor, Croft directed the Lady Wolverine offense, and also had a knack for keeping the ball alive.
She had 184 service points, including 25 aces,
28 kills, 248 digs, and a single-season school-record 560 setter
The 2017 All-Valley Volleyball Team:
Sydney Meyers, senior, Waverly: See above.
Amelia Martin, senior, Athens: A gifted all-around athlete, Martin can do it all on the court.
She recorded 107 points, including 31 aces, 103 kills, 18 blocks, 152 digs, and 121 setter assists
Giovanna Rossi, junior, Tioga: An explosive leaper and powerful hitter, Rossi is the next in a long line of Lady Tiger standouts at the net. (No statistics available.)
Chloe Bellis, junior, Tioga: A tremendous all-around athlete, Bellis is the prototypical Tioga setter, who can hit just as well as she sets. (No statistics available.)
Paige Lewis, junior, Waverly: Athletic and long, Lewis was a main cog in the Lady Wolverines’ success at the net.
Lewis recorded 258 points, including 94 aces, 295 digs,164 kills, 60 setter assists, and a school-record 38 blocks..
Adrianah Clinton, junior Waverly: Clinton is a versatile all-around player, who was especially dangerous
at the service line, and can hit from the net and the back row.
Clinton registered 238 points, including 88 aces, 121 kills, and 107 digs this season.
Madeleine Dutra, junior, Sayre: Under-sized for a hitter, Dutra makes up for a lack of inches with leaping ability and near-perfect timing.
She registered 136 kills, 96 service points, including 35 aces, and 158 digs on the season.
Chloe Croft, junior, Waverly: See above.
Meghan McDuffee, senior, Athens: A strong presence at the net, McDuffee registered 103 kills, 69 points, including 12 aces, 25 blocks, and 27 digs.
Jordan Mente, senior, Waverly: Another strong presence at the net, Mente was also a big factor at the service line for the Lady Wolverines. She 171 service points, including 70 aces, 133 kills, 47 digs, 29 blocks.
Julia Boyle, junior, Sayre: An impressive all-around player, Boyle had 97 points, including 32 aces, 40 kills, eight blocks, 112 digs, and 223 setter assists.
Lexi Post, junior, Sayre: A very smart and talented all-around player, Post had 107 service points, including 27 aces, 73 kills, 145 digs, and 47 assists.
Kayleigh Miller, sophomore, Athens: Miller made an instant impact for the Lady Wildcats in her first varsity season. She had 108 service points, including 19 aces, five blocks, 99 digs, and 192 setter assists.
Bri Stoughton, junior, Tioga: A strong presence at the net, Stoughton came on strong for the Lady Tigers as the season progressed. (No statistics available.)
Bri Rossi, junior, Tioga: A leader on the floor, Rossi does everything a coach wants. She was solid at the service line, and could hit from the back row, as well as being a very good libero. (No statistics available.)
IN PHOTO: Waverly’s Sydney Meyers.
“Player of the Year”
2017 — Martha Schumacher, Tioga
2016 — Olivia Howland, Tioga
2015 — Malley Bowen, Tioga
2014 — Malley Bowen, Tioga
2013 — Bry Godfrey, Tioga
2012 — Bry Godfrey, Tioga
2011 — Jess Ramsey, Tioga
2010 — Kay Pfleghardt, Tioga
2009 — Becca Saggiomo, Athens
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