's All-SVC Volleyball Team
By Shayne Combs,
Please understand that the picks on this page in no way reflect the opinion of the SVC coaches.
Jess Roepke, Zane Trace's
SVC Player of the Year
Adena head coach Laura Smith's SVC Coach of the Year
In building my 2009 All-SVC Volleyball squad, I am going to build
around the great all-around talent of Zane Trace’s Jess Roepke,
the extremely talented nucleus of Adena, and a mixture of talented
players throughout the league. The easiest choice when putting this
together is selecting a coach. Adena head coach Laura Smith
continues to produce a level of volleyball that is simply a notch above
the rest of the league. This season started out with the Lady Warriors
losing one of the league’s top players in Cadie Cory; however, as
all great programs seem to do, Adena simply plugged in a
replacement and proceeded to win every league match for the fifth
consecutive year.

I know many people share an opinion that I have a great deal of
respect for, and that is the opinion that the league champ should get
the Player of the Year. I just do not believe this opinion fits this yearâ
€™s league. Yes, Adena is by far the best team, but I feel this is from
their depth of talent and the great balance in which they attack you
with each night. I left the preview this year thinking that the league
would have great parity in teams two through six, and this definitely
played out to be true. I did think some of those teams would finish in
a little different order; however, I feel Zane Trace’s ability to
separate themselves at 10-4 had a lot to do with Roepke’s ability
to impact a match in a variety of ways. The senior spent most of the
year in the top-five of kills, blocks, and aces in the SVC as her back
row play, her serving, and of course, her presence at the net seemed
to serve as the difference in several four and five set wins that I saw
this season.

Joining Roepke on first team is Hannah Halcomb, Kelsey Bielanow,
and Kirsti Yates of Adena. This trio helped lift the Lady Warriors to
another championship. Halcomb produced a league best assist
average dishing out over 10 assists per game. Bielanow finished in the
top-10 of three categories in the SVC while Yates – a player
whose value goes well beyond the stat sheet - finished in the top-10
of two stats. Next I went with two players that really stuffed the stat
sheets in 2009. Huntington’s Megan Fultz and Southeasternâ
€™s Catherine Dresbach led their teams this year to equal 8-6
league records. Fultz finished sixth or better in three categories and
Dresbach finished in the top-seven of three categories including being
right at the top of both kills and digs.

Rounding out my first-team is a pair of Unioto Lady Shermans in
senior setter Kenly Stidham (third in assist at over eight assists per
game) and junior hitter Madison Davis (top-five in kills throughout the
year at a little over four kills per game). Lastly, Westfall’s Olivia
Cobb, who did miss some matches with an injury, had a great finish
to the season including a performance of 33 kills against a solid
Unioto team. Cobb did a little of everything for the Mustangs, and her
all-around talent is highlighted by the fact that she finished in the top-
ten of assists, kills, and blocks.

As I start my second team, I start with a girl that was extremely
difficult to leave off the first team in Southeastern setter Kaitlin
Duarte. Duarte averaged over eight and a half assists per game. I also
would go with Westfall’s Alex Phillips, a sophomore who
provided great net play and leadership for a team that was without
some key players due to injury. Phillips produced a top-seven total in
both kills and blocks. Continuing with my second-team, I give
second-place Zane Trace the duo of setter Jenna Wiget (recorded a
league’s fourth best assist total at just over five assists per game)
and libero Amanda Prickett (league best at over seven digs per

Next, I return to the league champions with the selection of Allison
Morgan. Morgan, one of the league’s best defenders at the net,
recorded nearly a block per game this season. One of the biggest
debates could probably come in picking the second Huntington
player. Huntington was very balanced after Fultz; however, I feel
Madison Vickers deserves this slot. Vickers played all the way
around providing a variety of production for a Huntington squad that
had second place in their sights before losing their final two league
matches at home. Defensively, Adena Cara Coy becomes the fifth
Lady Warrior on my list, and Piketon’s Alex Southworth and
Paint Valley’s Whitney Hollon completes my 2009 all-league

My honorable mention list includes Jenny Grigsby and Olivia Arledge
of Adena, Huntington’s Alex Johns, Paint Valley’s Abbie
Walls, Shella Zimmerman of Piketon, Merrilee Dresbach of
Southeastern, Madison Trainer and Kristen McCarty of Unioto,
Westfall’s Makenzie Wippel, and Zane Trace’s Kareina
Partee and Kristen Bennett.

First Team
Jess Roepke, Zane Trace
Hannah Halcomb, Adena
Kelsey Bielanow, Adena
Kirsti Yates, Adena
Megan Fultz, Huntington
Catherine Dresbach, Southeastern
Kenly Stidham, Unioto
Madison Davis, Unioto
Olivia Cobb, Westfall

Second Team
Kaitlin Duarte, Southeastern
Alex Phillips, Westfall
Jenna Wiget, Zane Trace
Amanda Prickett, Zane Trace
Madison Vickers, Huntington
Allison Morgan, Adena
Cara Coy, Adena
Alex Southworth, Piketon
Whitney Hollon, Paint Valley

Honorable Mention
Olivia Arledge, Adena
Jenny Grigsby, Adena
Alex Johns, Huntington
Abbie Walls, Paint Valley
Shella Zimmerman, Piketon
Merrilee Dresbach, Southeastern
Madison Trainer, Unioto
Kristen McCarty, Unioto
Makenzie Wippel, Westfall
Kareina Partee, Zane Trace
Kristen Bennett, Zane Trace