First Team

Pos.

Name

Year

School

Highlights

MH

Lori Ashton

Jr.

McDonough

The 6-2 middle hitter dominated the net on defense, often forcing the opposition to abandon hitting over the middle.

S

Tera Blevins

Sr.

Northern

Three-year starter at setter averaged 42 assists per match. Named first-team all-SMAC for second straight year.

S

Laura Fowler

Sr.

Calvert

Second-year starter helped Cavaliers to a second-place finish in the SMAC. Led team in aces (60) and assists (375).

OH

Jessica Ritchey

Sr.

Chopticon

Three-year starter led Chopticon in nearly every offensive statistic except assists. Led Braves to the 3A South Region second round.

DS

April Shields

Sr.

Calvert

Three-year starter earned reputation as the SMAC's top defensive player. Led the team in digs, averaging about four per match.

MH

Sara Shisler

Sr.

Patuxent

The 6-1 middle hitter led the Panthers in blocks and finished second in kills, helping the third-year program to an 11-4 record and a fourth-place SMAC finish.

Honorable Mention

OH--Mackenzie Garvin, Patuxent; Darcey Krug, Northern; Candice Rose, Chopticon. MH--Rachel Leitch, Calvert; Mattie Weber, Northern. S--Jessica Lusk, McDonough.

Player of the Year

Katie Radford

Northern

Senior middle hitter

Helped Northern win its sixth state title this decade; she has won two state titles in three years of varsity play. Averaged 19 kills per match and tallied 20 kills in a three-game victory over River Hill in the Maryland 3A championship.

Coach of the Year

Morris Davis

McDonough

First-year coach led a team with one returning senior to a 14-3 record and a third-place finish in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference regular season. The Rams beat then-No. 6 Patuxent and advanced to the 3A South final before losing to No. 1 Northern.

CAPTION: Coach of the Year Morris Davis of McDonough with the All-Extra volleyball team, from left, Tera Blevins and Katie Radford of Northern; Sara Shisler, Patuxent; Laura Fowler, Calvert; Lori Ashton, McDonough; April Shields, Calvert; Jessica Ritchey, Chopticon.