SW volleyball players honored with post-season awards
The Southwest Lady Trojan volleyball squad had four players earn post-season honors.
Juniors Taylor Mettlach and Chelsie Leroy, sophomore Montana Hendrix and freshman Shannon Mitchell were named to the Ozark 7 All-Conference team. Mettlach and Leroy were voted second team All-District, while Hendrix was selected All-Region in Class 2.
Mettlach, a middle hitter who moved from her natural position of right side, had 152 digs, 63 blocks and 62 aces this season. She converted 275 of 294 serves and 128 of 284 attacks. She led the Lady Trojans in service points with 294.
"Taylor was patient while we made changes and led the team when we struggled," said Coach Steve Voyak. "We now have it figured it out so we can use her mostly as a right side, so we maximize her talent."
Leroy, an outside hitter, made 247 of 254 serves and ended the season with a streak of 140 in a row. She made 68 of 220 attacks and added 171 digs. She was also second on the team in serve receive with four per set.
"Chelsie is unbelievably consistent," Voyak said. "We try to get her to receive as many balls as possible and her hitting has improved from her sophomore season."
Hendrix, a setter in a 6-2 format, led the team in assists with 214 and did a little of everything for Coach Voyak.
"She set, hit middle and right, passed serve even when she was the setter and was our first server," said Voyak. "We try to get her involved as much as possible."
Hendrix made 287 of 297 serves with 51 aces and converted 70 of 181 attacks, while leading the team in serve-receive with nearly five per set.
Mitchell, a middle blocker, converted 186 of 408 attacks and led the team in blocks with 109. She made 151 of 182 serves with 31 aces and added 114 digs.
"It's the third year in a row, I have started at least one freshman," Voyak said. "Shannon is mature and intelligent as an athlete. She needs work on her serve and back row defense, but her drive and commitment is amazing for somebody her age. She made plays this year I didn't think were possible."
Southwest finished the 2011 season with a record of 15-13-2 and 5-1 in the Ozark 7 Conference and made improvements in virtually every statistical category from the 2010 season, according to Coach Voyak. The Lady Trojans return six starters and their top eight letter-winners next season.