Player of the year
Courtney Liddle, Sr., OH, Nature Coast
Why we picked her: Liddle earns the award for the second year in a row after a dominant senior season. The Florida Dairy Farmers’ Class 5A Player of the Year racked up 462 kills and 124 service aces to help the Sharks make it as one of the state’s final eight teams for the second year in a row. “No one expected it from us,” Liddle said. Liddle carried her team in the playoffs with 22 kills and five aces in a season-ending loss to Creekside. She also ranked second on the team with 327 digs to help Nature Coast set a school record in victories for the second year in a row.
Most impressive accomplishment: In a rivalry match between the North Suncoast’s top teams, Liddle helped spoil Springstead’s senior night. She tallied 25 kills, five aces and three blocks in a statement victory for the Sharks. “It made everyone on our team more confident,” Liddle said.
Future plans: Liddle has signed to play beach volleyball at Tulane. She chose to focus on beach volleyball rather than indoor because she thinks her game is better suited for outdoors and the two-person beach game gives her more control of the match.
Did you know? Liddle plans to study broadcast journalism with plans to become a sportscaster. She helps with the morning newscast in high school and has been on camera since elementary school. Liddle is also on the track team and plans to participate in the discus, shot put and high jump this spring.
OH Jessica Johnson, Sr., Bishop McLaughlin: The Hurricanes’ first female D-I signee (Norfolk State) had 403 kills to top 1,000 in her career.
OH Logan McGee, Jr., Hudson: Among the team leaders in kills, digs and aces for a Cobra team that was seeded first in its district.
OH Courtney Crawford, Sr., Nature Coast: Joined Liddle to form a dominant duo for the Sharks; tallied 368 kills and 252 digs.
MH Kaitlyn Blount, Sr., Zephyrhills: Conference co-player of the year led the Bulldogs to the district title and region semifinals.
MH Zoe Mannino, Sr., Springstead: Bounced back from a midseason knee injury to help the Eagles’ playoff run.
MH Megan Morrison, Sr., Springstead: Plagued by injuries last year but, finally healthy, led the Eagles to the region semifinals.
S Lacey Carley, Sr., Hudson: Conference co-player of the year racked up 270 digs and 309 assists.
Lib Toni Imbimbo, Jr., Fivay: Was one of the North Suncoast’s leaders with 514 digs on a solid Falcons squad.
Lib Sierra Bahr, Sr., Zephyrhills
S Lauren Powell, Sr., Nature Coast
S Lauren Gonzalez, Jr., Ridgewood
OH Mia Lockhart, So., Anclote
OH Jessika Hester, Jr., Mitchell
OH Jessica Lestishock, Sr., Mitchell
OH Grace Olsen, So., Wiregrass Ranch
MH Mary Kujak, Jr., Ridgewood
Anclote: Alexis Garcia
Bishop McLaughlin: Casey McColl, Laura Vien, Sara Morrison
Fivay: Briana Nemetz, Jordyn Mattos
Gulf: Lea Burbridge
Hernando: Kristen Jones, Layci Martin
Hudson: Cheye-anne Savage, Karlie Lamphier
Land O’Lakes: Teresa Della Penna, Cara Walden
Mitchell: Catherine Peshek
Nature Coast: Michelle Doucet, Courtney Skinner
Pasco: Kelly Parker
River Ridge: Corinne Pieterse, Vashoula Kostogiannes
Springstead: Allyson Schillinger
Sunlake: Whitney Pake
Wesley Chapel: Sakari Worrels
Wiregrass Ranch: Tori Quaglia
Zephyrhills: Danielle Muir
Coach of the year
Doug Chinchar, Bishop McLaughlin
Chinchar transformed the Hurricanes from a doormat to a playoff contender. The Hurricanes won only two games three years ago but under Chinchar advanced to the region semifinals this fall.