All-Area: Melissa Green, large schools volleyball player of the year
Saturday, December 18, 2010
by Jeff Greer
Boca Raton senior libero Melissa Green was Bobcats coach Amanda Angermeier's eyes and ears on the volleyball court this season, serving as the team's vocal leader from the back line.
She was a major reason Boca Raton won its third consecutive district title and fourth in school history.
"Her teammates look up to her as almost a coach on the court," Angermeier said. "If she says there's a hole open, they listen, and they know she's not just saying it because she thinks she's better than you. It's because she wants to win so badly.
"They respect that."
Her teammates also respected Green's gutsy return from a concussion and sprained neck that kept her out of the final few weeks of the season and still lingers with her.
Her recovery was a huge boost for the Bobcats as she collected 37 digs in Boca's heated district championship win over rival Jupiter.
"She's huge," Angermeier said. "We did just OK without her, but besides her court presence and always knowing what the other team is up to, she's our motivational leader. We missed that while she was out."
To Green, returning with a vengeance wasn't even a question. Returning to her close-knit teammates made it easy.
"We're more like a family than a team," Green said. "I couldn't miss that."
LARGE SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM
Morgan Lear, Jupiter, Junior, libero
In 27 matches, had 526 digs and 130 service points for the talented Warriors.
Lindsey Knapp, Boca Raton, Junior, Outside hitter
One of the best all-around players in the area, had 235 kills, 200 digs, 130 service points.
Olivia Mesner, Spanish River, Senior, middle blocker
Repeat first-teamer had 217 kills, 56 digs and 41 aces for the Sharks.
Nikki Naccarato, Wellington, Senior, setter
Led the Wolverines in assists, averaging nearly 30 per match.
Abby Winsor, Wellington, Junior, libero
Do-everything back-liner was the Wolverines' leader in digs and service points.
Madison Ahearn, Dwyer, Sophomore, outside hitter
Ranked near the top of the area in aces, digs, kills and service points.
Lauren Gainer, Boca Raton, Junior, middle blocker
Knapp's dynamic front-line partner had 185 kills, 78 digs and 76 blocks for the Bobcats.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Ashley Schroth, Wellington
Stepped in as coach amid turmoil just a few weeks into the season and guided the Wolverines to their first playoff berth since 2006.
Katelyn Rawls, Wellington, Junior, outside hitter.
Had 510 kills and 80 service points for Wolverines.
Anne Corrigan, Palm Beach Gardens, Sophomore, middle blocker. Collected 188 kills, 162 service points and 99 blocks.
Angeline Alexandre, Boynton Beach, Senior, outside hitter/middle blocker. Tallied 258 service points and 114 aces for the Tigers.
Jillian Shemanski, Jupiter, Junior, middle blocker.
Finished in the top 10 in kills with 217 and blocks (82).
Madison Davell, Spanish River, Senior, libero.
Collected 350 digs for the district-champion Sharks.
Pam Queiroga, Park Vista, Senior, outside hitter.
Another solid season included 237 kills and 184 digs.
Monica Shevock, West Boca Raton, Senior, setter.
Topped the Bulls in aces, assists and service points.
Atlantic - Veronica Hoerschel; Boca Raton - Sophia Ellingsworth, Natalie Fraley, Ruth Harrington; Dwyer - Carly DeLoach; Jupiter - Taryn Tatum, Shay Whelan; Palm Beach Gardens - Kelsey Parry; Park Vista - Sarah Shifflett; Spanish River - Shai Levin, Brooke Mesner; Wellington - Ashley Oldham, Kelly Sullivan; West Boca Raton - Gracie Delsing, Alana Fox.
MARTIN COUNTY ALL-AREA TEAM
Player of the Year: Nicole Walch, junior, Martin County
Molly O'Neil, senior, Martin County
Mallori Moffat, junior, Martin County
Sarah Wickstrom, senior, Jensen Beach
Taylor Zirwas, senior, John Carroll
Jenna Ingram, senior, Jensen Beach
LeAnna Cotton, senior, Okeechobee
Coach of the Year: Krissy Schmidt, Martin County