Homer Central was awarded two spots on the OHSL Liberty American Volleyball first Team all-star list after voting by the league’s coaches.
Senior setter Meleah Hartnett and senior outside hitter Gillian McEvoy received the honor on a first unit dominated by Westhill players.
The Warriors had the Player of the Year in Mackenzie Martin, the Libero of the Year in Leah Diefendorf and Coach of the Year Carrie Corley. Also honored from Westhill were sophomore outside hitter Montanna Gedney and senior middle hitter Bridget Lougen.
Rounding out the Liberty American First Team were senior outside hitter Margaret Kianka and junior setter Olivia Quick from Marcellus, plus Phoenix senior setter Sydney Young.
Liberty American Second Team all-stars featured a pair of Homer middle hitters in senior Cary Trierweiler and junior Caley Cornwall, along with junior outside hitter Deede Partigianoni.
Joining them are sophomore right side hitter Brigid Heinrich of Westhill, senior libero Kristen Clapp, plus junior middle hitter Meghan O’Brien and senior middle hitter Katherine Savro from Marcellus.
Honorable mentions went to Homer senior libero Megan Guerrera, the Westhill duo of junior defensive specialist Sophia Sgroi and junior middle hitter Emma Byrant, the Phoenix quarter of senior outside hitter Morgan Bajish, senior outside hitter Brittany Hulsmann, junior middle hitter Zoe Heckert and junior right side hitter Natalie Hart, plus Marcellus junior libero Rachel Randall.
THE OHSL LIBERTY NATIONAL Division First Team all-stars were paced by Cazenovia as senior middle hitters Danielle Tedesco and Molly Carges were co-Players of the Year with Lakers coach Brian Ellithorpe again earning Coach of the Year honors. Solvay senior Taylor Preble and Skaneateles senior Emma Goodell were the co-Liberos of the Year. Cazenovia added the trio of junior outside hitter Morgan Hodinger, senior setter Lauren Lyons and senior setter Maleigha Ellithorpe to the first team squad.
Rounding out the first team were senior outside hitter Emily Baldwin and sophomore middle hitter Jessica Patalino from Skaneateles along with senior setter Mackenzie McCarthy and junior outside hitter Bella Petralito from Solvay.
Earning Liberty National Second Team all-star status are the Cazenovia trio of senior right-side hitter Mairin Rogers, senior outside hitter Sarah Dickinson and junior libero Lauren Burbidge, the Skaneateles junior duo of setter Cassidy Pittman and middle hitter Mia Grasso, plus Solvay sophomore outside hitter Brielle Bagozzi and Jordan-Elbridge senior middle hitter Emily Klock.
Honorable mentions were given to Cazenovia freshman middle hitter Lindsey Lawson, Solvay junior middle hitter Ashley Basco, Solvay right-side hitter Lauren Nichols, Solvay junior middle hitter Anna Rolina, Skaneateles junior right-side hitter Jenna Moore, Skaneateles senior right-side hitter Olivia Nye, Skaneateles junior setter Sarah Delasin, Jordan-Elbridge senior outside hitter Jane Strife and Jordan-Elbridge senior setter Bailey Van Gorden.
Homer coach Jeremy Cook comments of his first team all-stars:
Cook on Hartnett: “Meleah was a first team all league winner for the second year in a row. In the extremely competitive league that we are in this is something to be extremely proud of. To be honest when we lost in the quarterfinals I was afraid that come of our girls were not going to get the recognition I felt that they deserved, but being with a great group of coaches the conversation was strong in support of our kids and what they have been able to do. Meleah also was given the honor of making the All CNY team as well she being one of only two setters who made the list really goes to show how far she is come and how she really was competing at a high level and bringing the team along with her as well. As a three-year varsity player, she ends her career in the fourth on the all-time career assists list and finds herself in good company there as you look at the history of Homer volleyball. She really embraced the captain roll this year and played with a calm and maturity any coach would be glad to have on the court. Meleah is a quiet leader and plays with such a toughness to her. She battled a few small injuries this year and the way she handled it and recovered was admirable, putting what was best for her team before herself. Meleah has been our rock for a long time and she will be missed but has left the ball in capable hands and done a nice job helping to get those people ready to fill her shoes.”
Cook on McEvoy: “Looking back on Gillian’s career, it really is a career that might not have been. Being a very talented soccer player the move to the fall caused a large conflict for her as for many. We are extremely lucky that she came back to volleyball and gave us that big, tall athletic outside hitter who had the potential to take a match over that we had been looking for. She was just that and more, she ended on the first team all league for the second year in a row as well, she will end up 12th all time in digs with 208, 11th all time in kills with 177 and 11th in blocks with 22. She was often the emotional leader on the court for us and was always ready to celebrate on the court. Just like Meleah, we are lucky to have players learning from Gillian and who are going to be able to push the envelope and fill those shoes.”