The Cassville Ladycats volleyball squad concluded its 2008 season with an awards banquet on Nov. 20. A large number of players were honored by Coach Mandy Henry and Assistant Coach Desiree Henry for their achievements during the season.
Team awards, which are voted on by the players, were presented to the following players: Rookie of the Year, Kennadi Howard; Hustle Award, Sami Alcala; Miss Defense, Emily Orrell; Lady Wildcat Award, Marti Richmiller; and Fan of the Year, Chuck Planchon.
Varsity statistical awards were presented to: aces, Olivia Cline, 61, which set a new individual season record; highest serving percentage, Belinda Long, 93 percent; assists, Olivia Cline, 211: kills, Marti Richmiller, 147; digs, Emily Orrell, 271, which set a new individual season record; and blocks, Naomi Beck, 30.
The varsity also set a new team season record for digs with 1,173 tallied this season.
Junior varsity statistical leaders were: aces, Shelbi Shipman, 38; highest serving percentage, Shipman, 97 percent; assists, Rylie Wilks, 122; kills, Shipman, 63; digs, Amber Balch, 165; and blocks, Gabz Ogan, 4.5.
Emily Orrell was presented with the 2008 Rotary MVP Award, which was voted on by the coaches.
Richmiller and Cline were recognized for receiving post-season awards. Cline was named to the All-Big 8 Conference team and Richmiller was selected to the All-Big 8 first team and the All-Region second team. Both girls were All-District second team choices.
"This season was a turning point for us," said Coach Henry. "We saw some success and finally discovered who we are and what we can become as a team and a program.
"Those girls worked hard and were dedicated, and I take such pride in working with them and look forward to the future," added Coach Henry. "We have a record number playing club volleyball this spring, and that's only going to help us."
Coach Henry also thanked the parents, the Cassville Booster Club, the school and the community for their support of the program.
"We could not have done the things that we did without their support," said Coach Henry.