Year in and year out, Fayette is one of the best areas in the state for volleyball, and 2017 was no different.
It was another successful season around the county with five of six teams qualifying for the state playoffs, four making the Sweet Sixteen, three making the Elite Eight, two making the Final Four, and one winning a state championship.
In an area so blessed with talent, it’s tough to pick one player to stand on top. For being the heartbeat of McIntosh’s state championship squad, Brianna Becerra is Player of the Year. Becerra, a senior libero for the Chiefs, earned All-State honors while racking up 382 digs, 69 assists, and 31 aces.
“Brianna is our rock,” said her coach, Wendy Mabon. “Her attitude of perseverance and enthusiasm are infectious. It seems that whenever we needed it, Bri was there to encourage and inspire her teammates.”
Becerra is joined on the All-County First Team by her McIntosh teammates Lynsey Hamblin, Jessie Doyal, Ngozi Iloh, Erykah Lovett, Caroline Cameron, and Finn Millians. Hamblin, a senior setter, posted 341 assists, 166 digs, 29 aces, and 18 kills. Doyal, a sophomore outside hitter, tallied 171 kills, 72 digs, and 5 blocks. Iloh, a freshman middle hitter, earned All-State honors while racking up 242 kills, 40 digs, and 25 blocks. Lovett, a freshman outside hitter, earned All-State honors for posting 316 kills, 86 digs, and 11 blocks. Cameron, a senior defensive specialist, tallied 207 digs, 40 aces, and 4 kills. Millians, a senior setter and right side hitter, earned All-State honors for posting 401 assists, 230 digs, 85 kills, and 38 aces.
Fayette County’s First Team player is Naomi Franco. Franco, a sophomore right side hitter, posted 69 kills, 49 digs, 28 blocks, and 16 aces.
Sandy Creek’s representatives are Kendall Washington and Autumn Flowers. Washington, a senior defensive specialist and outside hitter, earned All-Area honors. Flowers, a sophomore, saw time as a middle hitter and outside hitter.
Starr’s Mill is represented by Jesse Echols, Tessa Laney, Megan Lee, Gabi Ramkissoon, and Kayla Sloan. Echols, a senior libero, posted 451 digs and 89 aces. Laney, a sophomore setter and right side hitter, notched 252 kills, 577 assists, 377 digs, and 105 aces. Lee, a junior outside hitter, tallied 278 digs and 230 kills. Ramkissoon, a senior team captain and outside hitter, posted 215 kills. Sloan, a sophomore right side hitter, tallied 229 kills.
Whitewater’s representatives are Emily Sweatman, Anna Marie Benson, Carrington Terrell, and Megan Brubaker. Sweatman, a senior right side hitter, won Area MVP while posting 282 kills, 130 digs, 65 aces, and 6 blocks. Benson, a senior libero, tallied 487 digs, 57 assists, 53 aces, and 8 kills. Terrell, a junior middle hitter, notched 247 kills, 43 blocks, and 7 aces. Brubaker, a junior setter, posted 966 assists, 59 digs, 54 aces, and 41 kills.
Our Lady of Mercy is represented by Eboni Winston, Mia Hall, and Keelia Jordan. Winston, a senior setter, posted 605 assists, 72 digs, 60 aces, 45 kills, 10 blocks, Hall, a junior middle hitter, tallied 228 kills, 126 blocks, 14 digs, and 4 aces. Jordan, a sophomore outside hitter, notched 246 kills, 127 digs, 68 aces, 22 blocks, and 21 assists.
The All-County Second Team is an awesome collection of talent.
McIntosh’s representatives are Olivia Stewart, Reagan Corley, Casey Raschen, and Jonna Knight. Stewart, a senior defensive specialist, notched 169 digs, 35 aces, 11 assists, and 4 kills. Corley, a sophomore middle and outside hitter, tallied 127 kills and 36 digs. Raschen, a senior middle and outside hitter, posted 98 kills, 58 digs, 20 aces, and 14 blocks. Knight, a sophomore middle and outside hitter, notched 38 kills and 14 digs.
Fayette County’s representatives are Nicole Blount, Whitney Hayes, and Na’ilah Moore. Blount, a senior outside hitter, posted 47 kills, 19 blocks, 18 digs, and 14 aces. Hayes, a senior outside hitter, tallied 61 kills, 38 digs, 13 aces, and 10 blocks. Moore, a senior middle hitter, notched 31 kills, 27 blocks, and 18 aces.
Sandy Creek is represented by senior outside hitter Cheyenne Rocker.
Starr’s Mill is represented by Jessica Tomasello and Georgia Waller. Tomasello, a senior team captain and setter, posted 344 assists and 64 aces. Waller, a sophomore defensive specialist, tallied 261 digs and 61 aces.
Whitewater’s representatives are Jenna Bishop, Annette Baker, Destinee Langston. Bishop, a junior middle hitter, posted 182 kills, 48 aces, 44 blocks, and 13 digs. Baker, a freshman outside hitter, tallied, 178 kills, 107 digs, 43 aces, and 6 blocks. Langston, a sophomore middle and outside hitter, notched 135 kills, 29 digs, 10 aces, and 8 blocks.
Our Lady of Mercy is represented by Hope Walker. Walker, a senior libero, posted 240 digs, 40 aces, and 3 kills.
With more players still deserving of recognition come several talented Honorable Mentions.
Fayette County’s honorees are Jamila Pellum, Caroline Umila, Arin Patterson, and Ciara Sims.
Starr’s Mill’s honorees are Ali Rumpel and Piper Dedrick. Rumple, a freshman middle hitter, tallied 105 kills and 66 blocks. Dedrick, a sophomore middle hitter, notched 47 kills, 64 blocks, and 23 aces.
Whitewater’s honoree is Courtney Patterson. Patterson, a junior outside hitter, notched 76 kills, 29 digs, 22 aces, and 4 blocks.
Our Lady of Mercy’s honorees are Jolie Butts and Stephanie Bodkin. Butts, a junior middle hitter, posted 73 kills, 33 blocks, and 26 aces. Bodkin, a senior defensive specialist, tallied 68 digs, 2 kills, and 2 aces.
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