April 4, 2013
Trio of Red Lions lead all-star crew
Runner-up Cincinnatus Central placed three players on the Central Counties League all-star first team in voting by the coaches.
Representing the Red Lions — who went on to successfully defend their Section 3 Class D championship by beating league champion Stockbridge Valley in the finals — on the elite squad are senior middle hitter Kassidy Kievit, junior setter Mallory Cobb and junior outside hitter Kasey Price.
DeRuyter middle hitters, and cousins, Andrea Newton (sophomore) and Nadine Newton (senior) also made the first team, as did sophomore outside hitter Sarah Leach and junior right side/outside hitter Taylor Tobias from McGraw. Champion Stockbridge Valley’s first-teamers are seniors Samantha Yates, Justiss Usborne, Meriah Beauvais and Kelsey Kinney, while Brookfield junior Aly Worden and senior Breanna Rogers also made the first team.
Player of the Year Kievit, Cobb, Usborne and Beauvais were all named to the All-Section 3 Class D all-star squad and Cincy’s Macy Cobb was honored as Section 3 Class D Coach of the Year. In addition, Kievit and Cobb were also named to the All-CNY team.
Honorable mentions went to junior middle hitter Sydney Burritt and junior setter Danielle Wood from Cincinnatus: DeRuyter senior setter Krista Lake and junior outside hitter Allison O’Herien; McGraw setters Melissa Caufield (senior) and Brittany Purcell (junior); Stockbridge Valley senior Lisa Curtis and junior Nicole Jacobs and, from Brookfield, sophomore Brooke Terrier and freshman Cassie Head.
The three area coaches had the following comments on their first-teamers.
COACH MACY COBB, CINCINNATUS
On Kassidy Kievit: “Kassidy has played varsity for all four years of high school. She is a leader on the court and has been a captain for two years. Kassidy led our team with 126 kills (3.41 per set ) and 16 blocks (0.43 per set). As a middle, she has a hand in many of the plays at the net. In addition, Kassidy plays good defense and has established herself as a passer as well. She led the team in digs this year as well with 69 (1.86 per set ). Kassidy was a CCL honorable mention as a freshman, and has been an all-star each year since. She also gained all-section honors both last year and this year, and was named Section 3 Class D Player of the Year this year. Kassidy was recently named to the All-CNY team as well.”
On Mallory Cobb: “Mallory has also played varsity for four years. She is probably the best all-around player in the league. She has beautiful setting hands, and we depend on her to control the play and set us up for some great offense. She covers the court really well and gets to balls that most people think are going to hit the floor first. Mallory led the team in aces with 44 ( 1.10 per set), and assists with 167 (4.18 per set). She was second in digs with 63 (1.65 per set) and third in kills with 79 (1.98 per set) because she sees the court so well and is able to place the ball when the opponent least expects it. Mallory was a CCL honorable mention her eighth-grade year, and has been a CCL all-star each year since. Mallory has been named to the Section 3 all-section team for the past two years, and was named to the All-CNY team for the second time.”
On Kasey Price: “Kasey has worked really hard the past year to improve her skills and it shows. Kasey is a strong hitter, and when she gets hold of the ball it is very difficult to get it back into play. Kasey had 89 kills (2.34 per set) this season. She also added 32 aces (0.84 per set), the second on the team. Her serving is very difficult to get under and several opponents struggled to put it into play. Kasey really played some tough matches as the season came to a close and proved to be a very valuable player for our team.”
COACH GARY BURDICK, DeRUYTER
On Andrea Newton: “Andrea has a very strong presence at the net, leading our team in number of kills and blocks. She has a very good sense of where the ball is going and adjusting to it so she can still be aggressive when hitting. She showed great desire to improve and exceptional work ethic. This showed through from the time she played in a summer tournament, summer camp and throughout the season. Andrea received our Most Valuable Player award.”
On Nadine Newton: “Nadine had our best passing percentage. She has a strong hard hit, resulting in her being second in number of kills. Nadine was a co-captain and was a very good leader. She received our Coaches’ Award.”
COACH KRISTIN COBB, McGRAW
On Sarah Leach: “Sarah has worked really hard this year to really get her hitting perfected. She worked on timing, reaching and even worked on hitting down the line. She studied how other players hit and tried to emulate their approaches and arm swings. Not only did Sarah work on hitting the ball hard, she also worked on tipping and short balls. In a match, she built such an instinct and really knew when to hit and when to tip. She led the team this year in kills with 32, along with 22 aces and 33 digs.”
On Taylor Tobias: “This year Taylor has really blossomed and now has a defensive instinct that is hard to teach. Almost all her passes are on target, she rarely overpasses, and she isn’t afraid to sacrifice her body to get a tough ball. Taylor also helps the other girls know where to be defensively. She has become a true leader in the backcourt. Another aspect of her back-court game that has really helped us is her serving. In our match against Manlius-Pebble Hill she served a total of 12 aces, which is very impressive for one match. Taylor finished the season with team-high 53 digs as well as 21 aces and five kills.”
Final standings: Stockbridge Valley 8-0, Cincinnatus 6-2, DeRuyter 4-4, Brookfield 2-6, McGraw 0-8.
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