Class 3A all-league volleyball: Seniors share POY honors
CLASS 3A ALL WESTERN SLOPE LEAGUE VOLLEYBALL
Co-Players of the Year: Kyra Chenoweth, Sr., Grand Valley, and Leah Kanakaraj, Sr., Coal Ridge.
Coach of the Year: Scott Black, Coal Ridge.
Leah Kanakaraj, Sr., Coal Ridge; Maggie Bell, Sr., Coal Ridge; Kaitlyn Detlefsen, Jr., Coal Ridge; Britni Allen,, Sr., Coal Ridge; Theresa Tafoya, Sr., Olathe; Taylor Gibson, Sr., Olathe; Josie Roth, Sr. Olathe; Kyra Chenoweth, Sr. Grand Valley; Kylyn Rigsby, Soph., Grand Valley; Hunter Lucas, Sr., Gunnison; Shay Percival, Soph., Gunnison; Tiawna Smercina, Sr., Moffat County; Mattie Jo Duzik, Soph., Moffat County; Madilyn Kuhl, Jr., Roaring Fork.
Bailey Davis, Sr., Coal Ridge; Dana Kotz, Soph., Coal Ridge; Nicole Mooney, Soph., Coal Ridge; emily Roland, Sr., Olathe; Katie Nelson, Sr., Olathe; Audrey Stansbury, Jr., Olathe; Megan Smith, Sr., Grand Valley; Jordan Scott, Sr., Grand Valley; Elizabeth Shaw, Fr., Gunnison; Morgan Lawton, Jr., Moffat County; Katy Miller, Jr., Aspen; Jess Tyler, Sr., Aspen; Grace Brown, Jr., Roaring Fork; Becca Maniscalchi, Sr., Basalt.
The high school volleyball teams at Coal Ridge and Grand Valley had what were as close as they could get to a couple of perfect players this year.
They weren’t so perfect that they never made mistakes, but they were good enough that their play at times resembled perfection. That, in part, is what earned Coal Ridge senior Leah Kanakaraj and Grand Valley senior Kyra Chenoweth the award as the co-Players of the Year in the Class 3A Western Slope League when the award winners were released earlier this week.
Chenoweth, a third-year starter for the Cardinals, helped lead Grand Valley to a 14-11 overall record and a third consecutive berth in the regional round of the Class 3A state tournament. She also proved to be one of the better outside hitters in the classification, as the 23 kills she tallied in a four-set loss at Olathe on Oct. 25 set a school record. She also finished the regular season with 181 kills — more than any other player in the league.
Kanakaraj, the Libero for the league-champion Titans, had a different telling stat. Coal Ridge coach Scott Black said he keeps a statistic that determines when someone makes a perfect pass after a dig, allowing the team to run an offensive play without difficulty. Black said that out of the 218 digs Kanakaraj tallied, 68 percent of them resulted in a “perfect” pass.
Black also won the league’s Coach of the Year award, helping Coal Ridge win the league championship and earn its second consecutive berth in the Class 3A State Championships in Denver.
Coal Ridge had four first-team players in Kanakaraj, senior Maggie Bell, junior middle hitter Kaitlyn Detlefsen and senior middle hitter Britni Allen. Chenoweth was joined by sophomore setter Kylyn Rigsby on the first team. Also making the first team was Madilyn Kuhl, a junior from Roaring Fork.
Three Coal Ridge players earned honorable mention honors: senior Bailey Davis, sophomore Dana Kotz and sophomore Nicole Mooney. Grand Valley seniors Jordan Scott and Megan Smith earned honorable mentions, as did Roaring Fork junior Grace Brown.
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