But that’s not the main reason she was named the HDL’s Player of the Year. Davis was a game-changer.
“I think the one thing that worked for Kendra is, when I was talking about her to the other coaches, I did hear a lot of teams tried to strategize against her,” Reed volleyball coach Kristen Flagtvedt said. “They really tried to change their blocking system in order to try to block her when she was hitting. When you’re playing teams and they’re constantly trying to do a strategy against a certain player and trying to shut a certain player down, that makes that player a threat.”
Five other Raiders received all-league honors, including a pair on the first team.
Senior Cheyenne Faanes led the team in service aces and digs, while junior Olivia Emerson was second in both kills and blocks.
Also on the first team were two Spanish Springs sophomores, setter Lyndsey Anderson and outside hitter Melly Munley. Anderson paced the team in assists and serving percentage. She was second in blocks.
Munley was first in kills and aces, but both had to step up on a team with no seniors.
“We really needed those two to step up and play like first-team kids, and they both did,” SSHS coach Frank Sandomenico said. “They were part-time starters as freshmen last year and I think that really helped them a lot. They were really forced to take over the whole production of the team, and they really came through.
“It’s exciting (to have them for two more years). They both love volleyball and they really want to be great at it. It’s a real treat to have those two.”
Two Rail City players earned second-team recognition. Reed junior Sierra Hooft was fifth in kills and third in blocks for the Blue and Gold.
Junior Morgan Prince led Spanish Springs in blocks and hitting efficiency, but it was her leadership that was immensely more valuable.
“She was the glue of our team from a leadership standpoint, keeping the girls together,” Sandomenico said. “She’s the oldest kid on the team and drives everyone everywhere. We really relied on her a lot this year.”
Rounding out the honorable mention team were junior Meghan Rader and freshman Moriah Maluotoga from Reed and another sophomore from Spanish Springs, Rachel Loadholt.
The six honorees were the most Reed has received since Flagtvedt took over the program.
“This has been the best team I have coached at Reed talent wise and passion for the game as well,” Flagtvedt said. “It was really nice they worked hard this past year even though our season was shorter than we would have liked. I feel they showed other teams that Reed does have a good volleyball program.”
In the 3A, Sparks didn’t win any matches this season but two Railroaders were honored by fellow Northern 3A coaches. One even impressed opponents for all that she did for the Maroon and Gold.
Sophomore Krystal Parker earned second team all-league as a utility player. She led the team in assists but she also had to play middle blocker at times, so she racked up many kills and blocks as well.
Junior Emma Clune was honorable mention at middle blocker after leading Sparks in kills. Parker and Clune were even in blocks and Parker was almost even with Clune in kills.
“Krystal had a lot on her shoulders. When she wasn’t in the front row, she played as a sweeper where she picked up the ball off the block,” Sparks volleyball coach Tarina Elliott said. “She was probably one of the most crucial players on the court because she always had to touch the ball. She was the quarterback of our team and did well for a sophomore. She really stepped it up.”