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Introducing the 2015 All-County Volleyball Team

Alexis Broadwater of Sandy Creek is the County Player of the Year for the second straight year. (Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)

Another excellent volleyball season is in the books, so it is time to honor the best in the county.
There was no deep state run as in past years, but there were still great performances. In AAAAA, McIntosh advanced to the second round, while Starr’s Mill also qualified for state. In AAAA, both Sandy Creek and Whitewater made it to the second round. Fayette County showed signs of improvement, and a young Our Lady of Mercy squad just missed out on the playoffs for the first time in a while.
In a county deep with talent, one player stood above the rest again. For the second straight season, Alexis Broadwater of Sandy Creek is the County Player of the Year. Broadwater simply dominated all year, piling up 1,044 assists, 315 digs, and 232 kills. She finished her career playing in more sets than any Sandy Creek player over the last 15 years, while also tallying a school record 4,000 assists. Broadwater, a senior who committed last year to Kennesaw State, also claimed her region’s top honors.
Broadwater is joined on the All-County First Team by teammates Dariah Powell and Kendall Wilson, Whitewater’s Anjelina Webb and Anna Marie Benson, Starr’s Mill’s Alexis Berrios, Dana Whitis, and Alli Jones, and McIntosh’s Elise Mackanych, Nell Copeland, Lianna Ortiz, and Caroline Copeland.
Powell, a senior middle hitter committed to Valdosta State, posted 386 kills, 48 blocks, and 51 assists. Wilson, a junior outside hitter committed to Georgia Tech, put up 535 kills, 36 blocks, and 42 assists. Webb, a junior outside hitter, notched 151 kills and 93 digs. Benson, a senior libero, tallied 246 digs and 27 assists. Berrios, a junior libero, put up 252 digs and 27 aces. Whitis, a senior setter, notched 28 aces. Jones, a senior outside hitter, racked up 132 kills and 22 aces. Mackanych, a junior middle hitter, piled up 116 kills, 35 blocks, and 23 aces. Copeland, a junior setter, posted 52 kills, 160 digs, and 283 assists. Ortiz, a senior libero, tallied 309 digs and 24 aces. Cameron, a sophomore outside hitter, notched 135 kills, 294 digs, and 31 aces.
The All-County Second Team is composed of Whitewater’s Jenna Bishop and Natalie Cagle, Sandy Creek’s Taylor Bigler, Mya Jenkins, and Tiara Byrd, Starr’s Mill’s Emily Schafhauser, Alyssa Sack, and Grace Mrosek, McIntosh’s Shelby Doyal, Fayette County’s Kayla Duncan, and Our Lady of Mercy’s Eboni Winston.
Bishop, a freshman middle hitter, earned second team all-area honors. Cagle, a senior outside hitter, right side hitter, and setter, was a captain for the Wildcats and an all-around threat. Bigler, a senior libero committed to Columbus State, put up 408 digs and 45 assists. Jenkins, a junior middle hitter, tallied 252 kills, 42 assists, and 67 blocks. Byrd, a senior right side hitter and defensive specialist, posted 193 digs, 21 kills, and 42 assists. Schafhauser, a junior setter, tallied 176 assists and 32 aces. Sack, a senior right side hitter, notched 99 kills. Mrosek, a senior right side hitter, put up 68 kills. Doyal, a junior right side hitter for the Chiefs, tallied 119 kills and 33 blocks. Duncan, a senior outside hitter for the Tigers, was a three-year varsity player who earned second-team all-area honors. Winston, a sophomore setter for the Bobcats, notched 328 assists, 32 digs, 48 aces, and 10 kills.
The Honorable Mentions are Starr’s Mill’s Gabi Ramkissoon, Dani Simonsen, and Athena Higgins, Whitewater’s Megan Brubaker and Emily Sweatman, and Our Lady of Mercy’s Mary Katherine Walker.

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.