SVCsportszone's All-SVC Team
Volleyball 2008 = By Shayne Combs
Adena's Ashely Jordan is SVCsportszone's pick for Scioto Valley
Conference Player of the Year
. This was a tough selection;
however, in the end, the senior southpaw is simply the best player
in this year's conference. Jordan leads the league in kills at over
four per game. The Ohio University bound star also is among the
league leaders in blocks at .65 per game. I realize she plays on a
loaded team and is not forced to do as much as some of the other
stars around the league, but you could also say that her situation
hurts her statistically because of how Adena spreads the hitting
opportinuties out to several players. Obviously stats are always
going to play a role in all-league, but there still has to be an
evaluation made on who the best players are each year - and in
my opinion Jordan is the best player this year.
Joining Jordan on our team this year is Unioto's Katelyn
Jinks. Jinks, a player who made the Player of the Year
selection a difficult one, is perhaps the league's most
versatile player. In the most recently updated league
leaders, the Unioto senior is in the top 10 of just about
every stat you can come up with. Jinks has led an
inexperienced Unioto team to a 15-5 record and a
top-seed in the Division-II sectional tournament.
Following Jordan and Jinks is a pair of great players at
the net. Zane Trace's Jessica Roepke and Westfall's
Suzy Gantz have had increased roles this season and
the pair of juniors have delivered. Roepke is third in
the league in kills and her jump serve has helped her to
a league best in aces. For Gantz, the Westfall middle
hitter has taken on the almost unfair role of trying to
replace three time POY in Cassie Sowers, but for the
most part, Gantz has been one of the league's best
all-around talents.
Obviously, all great teams - no matter how much talent
it has - must have a great leader. The SVCsportszone's
first-team setter is Adena's Cadie Cory. Forget the
nine you see in her grade column - this kid can play.
The Adena setter is by far the leader in assists per
game. Any great setter's best friend is a great passer,
so it is no surprise that the defensive player of the year
goes to Adena's Megan Purdin. Purdin, who led
Adena to the elite eight a year ago as the setter, now
wears the different colored jersey and leads the fine
Adena defense.

Rounding out the first-team is Westfall's Haley Gabriel,
Huntington's Ali Oyer and Megan Fultz, and Adena's
Kirsti Yates. Gabriel, a sophomore, has had a huge
second half this season. After being forced to set while
sister Hannah was out with an injury, Haley returned
outside to her natural position where she has stuffed
the stat sheet on a nightly basis in terms of kills, blocks,
digs, and aces. The Huntington duo is among the
league leaders in kills, blocks, and digs and have
helped lead the green and white to a third-place finish
in the SVC. Finally, Adena's Kirsti Yates rounds out
the first team. Yates is in the top ten of both kills and
digs and also serves at a league's fifth-best 95.7%.
Please understand that these selections are only based on the opinion's of SVCsportszone.com. They in no way are the opinions of the SVC coaches and have
nothing to do with the official all-league team which should be announced later this week.
FIRST-TEAM

Ashley Jordan, Adena
Katelyn Jinks, Unioto
Suzy Gantz, WF
Jessica Roepke, ZT
Cadie Cory, Adena
Haley Gabriel, WF
Megan Fultz, Huntington
Kirsti Yates, Adena
Ali Oyer, Huntington
Megan Purdin, Adena
SECOND-TEAM

Micah Bowles, Huntington
Hannah Gabriel, WF
Kristin Vranicar, Unioto
Catherine Dresbach, SE
Cassie Sharp, PV
Olivia Arledge, SE
Tristan Rumfield, PV
Allison Morgan, Adena
Micah Motes, Unioto
Kelsey Bielanow, Adena
HONORABLE
MENTION

Brittney Snyder, Adena
Alex Johns, Huntington
Kaitlin Duarte, SE
Brooke Snyder, Adena
Jenna Wiget, ZT
Madison Davis, Unioto
Alex Southworth, Piketon
Jordyn Wiget, ZT
Nicole Ratcliff, WF
2008 COACH OF THE YEAR = LAURA SMITH, ADENA