Southwest MS volleyball completes great season

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Southwest Middle School volleyball team ended the season with a five-game winning streak, including wins over Hurley and Exeter last week.

The eighth grade team finished the season with a record of 12-4-2.

"It was a great season," said coach Steve Voyak. "The girls made way more progress than I expected. We still stress fundamentals at the middle school level, but we had intelligent discussions about strategy and the technical aspect of the game and volleyball IQ."

The Lady Trojans were led by setters Jaime Shrum and Savana Leonhardt. Shrum led the team in service points (224), aces (40) and was the most consistent player from the beginning to the end of the season. Leonhardt led the team in assists (62) and improved her serve percentage from 82 to 88 from a year ago.

"Jaime and Savana were clearly our leaders," said Voyak. "They took their games up a notch and went from being good athletes to being solid volleyball players. They were great practice players and always had a good attitude. They are ready for the transition to the high school level."

Voyak said the development of his two middle returners -- Karla Catron and Mikaela Black -- was also a pleasant surprise. Black (56) and Catron (55) combined for 111 attacks and improved their hitting and net play. Catron added 30 aces and 175 service points, and Black improved her serve percentage from 80 to 85.

Baylea Ford, Kayla Catron and Shanay Leroy rounded out the starters. Ford served at 87 percent with 18 aces, while Leroy had 36 digs and Catron added 20.

Seventh grade team

The seventh grade team finished with a record of 5-8-1.

The seventh grade Lady Trojans were led by Sydney Delossantos and Morgan Mitchell. Delossantos led the team with 42 attacks and 25 aces and served at 85 percent. Mitchell led the team in assists with 30 and service points with 120. Haley Ladd, Sydney Leroy and Haley Hendrix were the other starters on the team.

"My younger group was inconsistent, but they showed glimpses of their ability," said Voyak. "They lost in the third set in four different games. The girls could have easily improved their record with some stronger play at the ends of those sets. But they exceeded my expectations and should improve even more next season."

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