Glenwood’s Kaitlyn Johnson named 4A WSL volleyball Player of the Year
Glenwood Springs High School senior Kaitlyn Johnson has been named the Class 4A Western Slope League volleyball Player of the Year, following the Demons’ league championship season.
Johnson, an outside hitter for the Demons, was one of three Glenwood Springs players selected for the All-Conference first team in voting by league coaches. Joining her were fellow seniors Emily Nilsson and Shanik Zambrano.
WSL Coach of the Year honors went to Wendy MacAskill, head coach for the Palisade Bulldogs.
Johnson helped lead Glenwood to a 20-5 overall record in a season that saw the Demons go 11-1 in the WSL to claim the league title over runner-up Palisade.
The Demons hosted one of the regional rounds of the 4A state playoffs last Saturday, just missing a chance to play in the state tournament this weekend with a 3-1 loss to D’Evelyn.
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In her primary role on the court, Johnson recorded 198 kills on 489 attempts, for a kill percentage of 40.5%, according to season statistics reported to MaxPreps Colorado. She also served for 149 points with 45 aces and a serve percentage of 90.9%.
On the defensive side of the net, she had 15 blocks, behind Nilsson with 29, sophomore Charlotte Olszewski (honorable mention) with 25 and junior Kiah Larson with 20.
Zambrano and Nilsson also each served for 141 points for the Demons, and Olszewski led the team with 25 blocks.
Player of the Year — Kaitlyn Johnson, Sr., Glenwood Springs
Coach of the Year — Wendy MacAskill, Palisade
First Team: Kaitlyn Johnson, Emily Nilsson and Shanik Zambrano (Glenwood Springs); Kendall MacAskill and Caylee Chutka (Palisade); Sky Lieurance and Sophia Rinn (Eagle Valley); Tatum Hoffman, Carly Post and Sofi Petrovski (Battle Mountain); Marcada Baker and Lauren Ehrlich (Steamboat Springs)
Honorable Mention: Reese Goluba, Kenzie Winder and Charlotte Olszewski (Glenwood Springs); Maddy Valencia and MacKenzie Elizardo (Rifle); Magdalena Letek, Alesia Yanowich and Cassandra Miller (Palisade): Emma Judge (Battle Mountain); Olivia Fedrizzi (Eagle Valley); Taryn Wade and MacKenzie Westenskow (Summit County)
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The teams aren’t vying to one up the other in the rankings or looking to get a leg up in the league standings this fall, but that will hardly make the stakes any less meaningful for Basalt and Glenwood Springs high schools when they meet on the football field Friday night.