The Cougars swept the top two honors with junior Lyndsey Anderson earning Player-of-the-Year honors and Frank Sandomenico being named the Coach of the Year.
Anderson did it all for Spanish Springs. She was the team’s main setter, handing out 346 assists. But she was also fourth in kills and third in blocks, making her presence felt at the net. Behind the service line, she was almost perfect, hitting 97 percent of her serves in play and recording 30 aces.
“She works hard everyday to get better,” Sandomenico said of Anderson. “She’s a great leader and does whatever we ask her to do.”
Like most coaches, Sandomenico is honored to be selected by his peers, but he credits his players and other members of the coaching staff for the team’s success.
“I think it’s more of a program award. It’s not just one person,” Sandomenico said.
Spanish Springs and Reed both had the same number of representatives on the first team as well as the honorable mention list.
Cougars junior outside hitter Melly Munley and sophomore middle blocker Gabby Szachara as well as Reed senior outside hitter Sierra Hooft and senior middle blocker McKinley Chesley were all first team all-league selections.
Munley led the SSHS spikers in kills (154) and aces (45). Munley was a real difference maker in the playoffs. Munley and Anderson are the type of players who hate to lose.
Szachara is the only Cougar with height on the team, changing opponents’ offensive and defensive game plans. She was first on the SSHs roster in blocks and third in kills.
Hooft and Chesley were strong performers at the net for the Raiders. Hooft had 50 blocks to lead the team and added 167 kills. Chesley was first with 223 kills and second in blocks with 47.
“This year I think they both really stepped up their game to be consistent for our team,” Reed volleyball coach Kristen Flagtvedt said of Hooft and Chesley. “Sierra led the team in blocks and McKinley led the team in kills. It was nice because I think the team really relied on them to get the job done in the positions they were playing.”
Spanish Springs had two more players receive second-team recognition.
Junior Rachel Loadholt was second in kills and digs from her outside hitter position. She also tied with Munley as the team’s top passer.
Sophomore Hannah Meadows allowed Anderson to play in different spots. Meadows was named to the second team after splitting time as the team’s second setter and a right side hitter. Meadows had 147 assists and 27 aces.
The Raiders had one second-team player. Sophomore outside hitter Moriah Maluotoga was second in digs (261) and aces (38) for the Blue and Gold. She also slammed down 165 kills.
Each local school had a single honorable mention honoree.
For the Purple and White, the only senior on the team was picked. Morgan Prince was the glue of the team and Sandomenico said she was definitely missed when she was out trying to recover from shoulder surgery. Prince was second in blocks and led the Cougs in hitting efficiency.
Reed senior libero Katy Fitzpatrick was an honorable mention selection after leading her team in digs (324) and aces (45).
•In the 3A, Sparks earned a trio of all-league awards.
Leading the way was do-it-all junior Krystal Parker, who made the first-team list as a utility player. Parker paced the Railroaders in kills, blocks, assists and aces.
“Krystal was definitely the glue of the team. She was the coaching captain, and I couldn’t ask for much more from Krystal,” Sparks volleyball coach Tarina Elliott said. “She led the team on and off the court as far as grades and team leadership. She was great with all that, and we wouldn’t have done as well without her.”
Senior Emma Clune was second on the team in kills and blocks right behind Parker, earning her an honorable mention at middle blocker.
Sophomore Athena Addington moved from outside hitter to setter near the end of the season, which helped her be named an honorable mention as a utility player after leading the Railroaders’ team in digs.