Southwest volleyball players collect awards
Seven Southwest High School volleyball players earned postseason honors.
The Lady Trojans finished with a 20-11-1 overall record and a share of the Ozark 7 Conference championship.
"It was an amazing season," said Coach Steve Voyak, who finished his 10th season at the helm of the Lady Trojans. "We started a little slow, but by the end, we peaked and played some incredible volleyball. That's a tribute to the girls and their work ethic and attention to detail. We won our first conference championship in five years and got to 20 wins. That's quite an accomplishment."
Seniors Taylor Mettlach, Chelsie Leroy, Atisha Boudreau and Jerri Lynn Henry, junior Montana Hendrix, sophomore Shannon Mitchell, and freshman Jaime Shrum were all recognized for their work on the court and in the classroom.
The post-season awards are as follows.
* Hendrix, a three-year starter, was named Ozark 7 Conference Player of the Year. She led the Lady Trojans with 163 assists, 152 kills, 35 aces, 86 blocks, 284 serve receptions and 168 digs. Hendrix is first Ozark 7 Conference Player of the Year since Summer Stephens won the award in 2007.
* Mitchell was named to the first team. In addition to leading the team in blocks and kills, she had 175 digs and 155 serve receptions with only 70 errors combined in the two areas. Mitchell also added 26 service aces.
* Mettlach was selected to her fourth straight All-Conference volleyball team. She gathered second team honors. Mettlach was tops on the Lady Trojans squad with 57 aces and served at 93.3 percent. She also had 153 digs, 146 kills and 73 blocks.
* Leroy, a four-year starter, led the team in service points with 290 and served at 97.6 percent, missing five serves all year. Over two seasons, she set a new school record for consecutive serves with 174. She was the digs (242) and serve reception (341) leader. It was her second year on the All-Conference second team.
Mitchell earned first team All-District honors, and Hendrix and Mettlach collected second team awards.
Mitchell helped Southwest to a first-round district win over Blue Eye, before falling to state-rated Ash Grove in the semifinals.
She had 22 kills and 19 blocks in the two matches. Hendrix added 13 assists, 10 kills, seven digs and six blocks. Mettlach tallied 15 digs, 10 kills and six blocks. It was the third straight year the senior right side hitter and four-year letter-winner was named to the team.
Hendrix, a setter and middle hitter, was voted to the second team All-Region squad.
She led the Lady Trojans in serving, converting 274 of 279 serves including 108 consecutive serves for a school record 98.2 percent.
Hendrix had an incredible 1,800 touches of the ball throughout the year with less than 200 errors,
It is the second time Hendrix was named to the All-Region team.
Mitchell, a middle blocker, was named honorable mention. She led the team in kills (203) and blocks (116).
Mettlach, Hendrix, Leroy, Boudreau, Shrum and Henry were all cited for their work in academics. All six had perfect report cards the first quarter with all A's. For Mettlach and Henry, it was the fourth straight season they earned the honor. As a team, the Lady Trojan starting varsity players had 49 A's, 6 B's and 2 C's for a combined grade-point average of 3.82.
Voyak stated he was proud of his players for sponsoring the 29th annual 12-team Volleyfest Tournament featuring, holding its third Pink Out breast cancer awareness game, running a camp for more than 25 young players and starting a reading program with the elementary school.
The team also finished the season making 1,365 out of 1,448 serves (83 misses) for 94.3% and 192 aces, both school records. They were runners-up in both the Diamond and Sparta tourneys.
"Our volleyball program at Southwest is a lot more than just winning and losing games," said Voyak. "We strive for a diverse experience for our young ladies. We want to teach them to become successful young adults after they graduate, and we think our program is a good start."