The Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association (PVCA) recently released its list of 2017 all-state performers.
It should come as no surprise that West York and Delone Catholic are well represented. Both teams made state playoff runs, with the Squirettes advancing all the way to the PIAA Class 2-A title match.
While the Squirettes (four) and the Bulldogs (two) had their fair share of honorees, so too did York Catholic and York Suburban, two teams which failed to make the state playoffs. Both of those schools also had two all-state selections each.
Central York had one all-state standout, giving the York-Adams League a total of 11 all-state athletes.
The Irish, who finished second in the District 3 Class 2-A playoffs to Delone, placed both outside hitter/setter Emily Hoffman and libero McKenna Walker on the 2-A squad.
“Both of them have now been starters on our team for three years,” York Catholic coach Phil Autrey said. “And I think that their collective experience helped the team a lot.”
Hoffman, a senior, transitioned from setting to hitting this season, a change that came about more of necessity than anything else.
“Emily played all the way around for us,” Autrey said. “Now she didn’t set that much for us this year, but she’s probably looking to be a setter in college. She’s probably a better setter than she is a hitter, but we needed her to hit for us because she’s pretty good at that as well.”
Walker, a junior, paced the defense from the back row with both her passing and defense.
“We were pretty much a ball-control team all season,” Autrey said. “So that puts a lot of responsibility on McKenna in terms of serve-receive, passing and defense because our offense was pretty reliant on getting good passing.
The Squirettes, who won York-Adams Division III, were represented by Chloe Kindig, Autumn Altland, Lauren Trummer and Maddie Clabaugh.
The Bulldogs, who bowed out of the Class 3-A state playoffs at the semifinal round for a second year in a row, placed both setter Trilby Kite and middle hitter Tesia Thomas on the squad. West York also won the York-Adams Division II and York-Adams League playoff titles.
The Trojans, meanwhile, were represented by Chey Buckingham and Ali Reinecker.
In Class 4-A, Central York senior Emily Wilt was the lone York-Adams League representative. She helped the Panthers win the York-Adams Division I championship.
District 3 honorees: At the District 3 level, all of the above mentioned players were named to the all-district squads, also selected by the PVCA.
In addition to Wilt (first team) in 4-A, Panther sophomore Alexa Shorts and South Western junior Madisyn McMaster were named to the second team. South Western’s Ali St. Rose, Dallastown’s Delaney Kolb and Central York’s Marley Anderson were all placed on the third team.
In 3-A, Buckingham, Kite and Thomas made the first team. Spring Grove senior Kendra Miller, Reinecker and West York’s Kate Tate were named to the second team. Susquehannock senior Amber Bortner, Dover juniors Abby Diehl and Chayce Hoffman and Gettysburg senior Samantha Faloon were all placed on the third team.
Class 2-A only had two teams, with all of the all-state players making the first team. In addition, Emily Staub of Littlestown was on the first team. The second team consisted of Delone junior Molly Raville, Littlestown senior Hannah Riley, and a trio of York Catholic players in Megan Daugherty, Bella Kepner and Abby Pilkey.
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