Posted: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 12:59 pm | Updated: 1:15 pm, Tue Dec 8, 2015.
By AARON KENNEDY firstname.lastname@example.org
Frankfort senior Jacenda Perry was voted Player of the Year of the 2015 All-County Volleyball team after a season in which she posted 294 kills and a .260 hitting percentage. An outside hitter for the Hot Dogs, Perry saved some of her best work for matches against county rivals. In the Hot Dogs’ match versus Clinton Prairie, Perry recorded a season-high 25 kills. She scored 18 kills in Frankfort’s match against Clinton Central and finished with 14 versus Rossville. Perry was an honorable mention selection last year.
“Jacenda was such a dynamic player this season for us,” Frankfort head coach Kia Rushton said. “She was such a good leader and very calming for the younger girls who were playing. She was determined and hard working from day one this season. I think one of her best games of the season was against Western Boone in the sectional. Because of her smart plays and great athletic ability, we were able to play one of our best matches of the year there at the end/
“She will be greatly missed by her teammates,” Rushton added. “She was the girl to go to on the team when she was in.”
Perry was Frankfort’s only player selected to the all-county first team. Clinton Prairie and Rossville each had two players selected to the first team, while Clinton Central had one. The Hot Dogs had three players selected to the all-county second team, while Clinton Central had two, and Clinton Prairie had one.
The 2015 All-County First Team is comprised of Frankfort senior Perry, Prairie junior Maddi McKinney, Central senior Avree Barrett, Prairie senior Mallorie Humrickhouse, Rossville senior Brittyn Oliver and Rossville junior Keely Criswell.
Second team selections are Frankfort junior Casey Robertson, Clinton Prairie freshman Alyssa Lukasik, Clinton Central junior Addie Keller, Frankfort junior Carson Hackerd, Clinton Central senior Whitney Ridenour and Frankfort freshman Riley Isgrigg.
The all-county team was voted on by the four school’s head coaches – Frankfort’s Rushton, Clinton Prairie’s Angie Schilling, Rossville’s Rochelle Fakes and Clinton Central’s Jessica Dygert – who nominated players from their own team. Each coach ranked the nominees from the three other county schools. The No. 1 ranked player for each coach receives 12 points, and the point value decreases until the 12th ranked player receives a single point. Players with the highest six point totals are selected to the first team, while the next six highest totals are assigned to the second team. All remaining nominees receive an honorable mention. The player who received the most total points was named player of the year.
Perry led the county in kills with 294 (3 kills per set), while contributing 16 solo blocks and 126 digs for the Hot Dogs.
Perry’s performance earned her the Hot Dogs’ offense award and an All-Sagamore Athletic Conference second team selection. She spent most of the season in the top three of the SAC in kills and hitting percentage.
Clinton Prairie junior
A leader for the Gophers from her middle hitter position, McKinney finished her season with 133 kills, 53 blocks, 91 percent serving and 162 digs.
“This is the first year she had an opportunity to play all the way around,” Schilling said. “I think that will be great heading into her senior court. She was in the top three in a lot of different statistics, so imagine she will be the top player on the court next year.”
Clinton Central senior
A leader at the net for the Bulldogs, Barrett finished her final season with the Bulldogs with 229 kills and 24 digs.
“She was a go-to left-side hitter for us,” Dygert said. “If we needed a play terminated, we could go to her and get that kill that we needed. We relied on her a lot offensively, and she usually rose to the occasion and took that role on very successfully.”
Barrett earned a Hoosier Heartland Conference first-team selection and won the Bulldogs’ top hitter award.
Clinton Prairie senior
An all-county first team selection last year as an outside hitter – and an honorable mention selection the year before that, Humrickhouse made the move to libero early this season and showed her versatility by finishing her senior campaign with 240 digs, 61 aces and a 94.8 serving percentage.
“She is very well-respected by all the girls. Bring a libero and having her on the court all the time was good for the team. She is just a very hard worker, so we are going to miss her.”
Humrickhouse earned the Gophers’ MVP award.
A second team all-county selection in each of the past two seasons, Oliver earned a spot on the first team this year after finishing with 340 assists, 62 kills, 13 aces and a perfect serving percentage.
“Brittyn was a very quiet leader,” Fakes said. “She has the best pair of hands around, I think. One-hundred percent serving two years in a row is pretty amazing for her. I always knew she was going to get her serve in. She was a really good person to have around the offense last year and she did a good job of carrying that over this year when we knew we were going to have a harder time winning matches. She was the key to holding us together.”
The Gophers’ standout middle hitter finished her season with a team-high 202 kills, 47 aces and 21 blocks (17 solo). She also added 120 digs and 21 assists.
“Keely is way better than she thinks she is,” Fakes said. “As the season went on and the more she worked with Brittyn the more confidence she got. We both knew we were going to be losing a lot of our team, so she expressed to me that she wanted to play all the way around. She worked really hard to do that and really improved her back row play tremendously which helped her confidence. Because of her skill and power at the net, I would love to see her become a more vocal leader as a senior. I am really excited to have her back next year.”
Robertson was the Hot Dogs’ scoring threat opposite Perry on the front row. The outside hitter finished the season with 230 kills (2.3 per set) and a .182 hitting percentage. She also recorded 101 digs and nine solo blocks.
“Casey is a quiet player who leads by example,” Rushton said. “She was pivotal to our offense this season. She is willing to do anything or our teammates.”
Robertson finished in the top 10 of the SAC in kills and hitting percentage. She earned her team’s hustle award and a SAC honorable mention. This is her second straight selection to the all-county second team.
Clinton Prairie freshman
Lukasik made an immediate impact in her first year playing varsity volleyball for the Gophers. The athletic middle hitter posted a team-high 174 kills and 67 blocks in the front row for Clinton Prairie.
“It is awesome because she is just a freshman,” Schilling said. “She is going to play spring ball and continue to develop as a player. She is going to be fun to watch.”
Clinton Central junior
An outside hitter for Clinton Central, Keller finished with 208 kills, 217 digs and 30 aces.
“Addie was a great compliment to Avree, our other go-to hitter that we could go to for kills when we needed them,” Dygert said. “She also dug well for us. She was one of our better defenders on the team. Really, she was an all-around steady player for us.”
Keller was also a HHC first-team selection.
Hackerd, a defensive specialist for the Hot Dogs, led her team with 256 digs and 40 aces.
“Carson is one of our best servers, our best serve-receive passer and a great leader on the court,” Rushton said. “She also won the defense award for us this season.”
Clinton Central senior
The Bulldogs’ libero finished her final prep season with 280 digs and 26 aces with a 95 serving percentage.
“Whitney was a pretty solid back row player,” Dygert said. “She was very aggressive, and she was a 95 percent server with very few errors. She really put the ball where we wanted it.”
Ridenour earned team awards for digging, passing and serving. She was also a HHC first team selection.
The Hot Dogs’ young setter finished her first varsity season with a team-high 690 assists (7 per set), 188 digs and 20 aces. She also finished third on her team with 11 solo blocks.
“Riley helped us tremendously this season,” Rushton said. “She is a great setter and one of the most coachable girls I have ever had. She would do anything we asked her to do.”
Isgrigg earned Frankfort’s mental attitude award and earned a Sagamore Athletic Conference honorable mention.
An athletic player at the net for the Hornets, Deboy finished her sophomore season with 107 kills, 180 digs and 34 aces.
Clinton Central freshman
The young but talented setter for the Bulldogs finished her first varsity season with 594 assists, 148 digs, 36 kills and 53 aces. She earned a HHC honorable mention and Clinton Central’s setting award.
Clinton Prairie junior
The setter for the Prairie Gophers, Wall finished with 310 assists and 53 aces.
The young middle hitter led the Hot Dogs in blocks with 38 (30 solo) while adding 143 kills with a .129 hitting percentage.
Roberts, an outside hitter, finished her year with 121 digs, 74 kills, 21 assists and 21 aces.
Clinton Central junior
A versatile hitter for the Bulldogs, Turner recorded 84 kills, 27 blocks, 76 digs, 17 assists and 57 aces with a serving percentage of 90. She earned a HHC honorable mention.