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Player of the Year
OH Ashlyn MacGregor, Sr., Tarpon Springs
Why we picked her: No player had a bigger impact on her team than MacGregor. “With Ashlyn we won 23 games. Without her we might have won 10,” coach Patrick Sneed said. She had 466 kills in 89 games, 5.2 per game. MacGregor also led the team with 100 blocks and had 42 aces. In the district final against Mitchell, she had 38 kills and eight blocks. On a team with only two club players, MacGregor had to perform most every night.
Most impressive accomplishments: MacGregor said two things stood out this season. The first was getting her 1,000th career kill. The other was being named most valuable player at the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All Star game at Saint Leo University.
Did you know? MacGregor didn’t start seriously playing volleyball until her freshman year. She was cut from her sixth-grade volleyball team. As a freshman on the Tarpon Springs varsity she admitted, “I wasn’t very good.”
Future plans: She doesn’t know where yet, but MacGregor said the plan is to play volleyball at a Division I school.
OH Brooke Burkett, Sr., East Lake: Also played libero for the Eagles. She had 153 kills, 36 aces and 503 digs for the region finalist.
OH Mary Gillis, Sr., East Lake: In 83 games, Gillis had 301 kills, 61 blocks and 54 aces.
OH Jess McKelvey, Sr., Countryside: Had 235 kills to lead the Cougars and had 58 blocks. A first team All-PCAC selection.
OH Lee Nielsen, Sr., Palm Harbor University: A powerful hitter, Nielsen had 246 kills despite missing time with injury.
MH Logan Miller, Sr., Palm Harbor University: At 6-foot-3, Miller was a game-changer at the net. She had a team-high 321 kills.
MH Rachel Mostert, Sr., Calvary Christian: Had 367 kills (four per game) and had 113 blocks, both team highs.
Lib Rachel Miller, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic: A player of the year candidate, Miller was tremendous at keeping plays alive. She had 684 digs in 89 games.
S Casey Moore, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic: A captain and leader on CCC’s state semifinal team, Moore had 789 assists.
OH Naomi Mack, Jr., Palm Harbor University
OH Shea Hamilton, So., Clearwater Central Catholic
OH Carrington Kilgroe, Jr., St. Petersburg
OH Sara Myslicki, Sr., Clearwater
MH Casey Houlton, Jr., St. Petersburg
MH Katie Moore, So., Clearwater Central Catholic
Lib Jessica Steidl, Sr., East Lake
S Haley Barrett, Jr., Clearwater
Boca Ciega: Noelle Wojciechowski, Ngozi Nix, Rachel Morgan, Mackenzie Taylor; Calvary Christian: Katie Vollmer, Gabby Fresh, Shelby Mahaz; Canterbury: Kayla Perry, Samantha Burgess; Clearwater: Samantha Reeves, Allie Russell, Caitlin Stoner, Christy Dennis; Clearwater Central Catholic: Christy Moore, Rachel Odell; Countryside: Ashley Albers, Kylee Mooney, Jenna Dykstra; Dunedin: Katie Will, Hannah Welsh; Dixie Hollins: Ashley Lagodny, Yanlie Milian; East Lake: Christy Dunham, Shelby Younger, Sierra McComeskey, Julia Cummings; Indian Rocks Christian: Ashley Llerena, Emiline Lazzeri, Marissa Brown, Hayley Morten, Monique Oliver; Lakewood: Leigh Buttner, Kimberly McEntegart, Sarah Donnelly; Northeast: Brittany Taksas; Osceola: Hayley Misewich, Katie Newman, Emily Barton, Jennifer Kistemaker; Palm Harbor University: Abbey Bouchard, Ameje Ismaili, Randi Dawson, Mackenzie Shively; St. Petersburg: Holly Welch, Tiffany Phetsadasack, Victoria Alexander, Kaylan Markese; Seminole: Jen Sittloh, Samantha Schlesman, Amber Peone, Alia Davis, Samantha Nowinski; Tarpon Springs: Dominique Scalisi; Kelsi Collins
Coach of the year
Stephen Shepherd, Clearwater Central Catholic: Shepherd arranged a tough schedule for the Marauders and it paid off with a state semifinal appearance. It was CCC’s first state tournament since 1989.