PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Faith Athey, Delone Catholic: The 6-foot-1 senior, who nearly didn't make the junior varsity team as a freshman, racked up 162 kills, 64 blocks and 239 points in her final year playing for the powerful Squirettes.
"She's worked hard over the years to develop into the impact player she's become," Delone coach Jason Leppo said. "She's always been able to be a force at the net because of her blocking, but her improvements offensively made her a much more complete player and were a big part of what made us so successful as a team."
Behind the solid play of Athey, Delone cruised through the division with a 12-0 mark and finished the season a sparkling 18-2.
The scary part about Athey is the fact that Leppo thinks she will only improve when she takes her game to the next level.
"What's exciting for her, though, is I don't think she's done getting any better," Leppo said. "My guess is she's going to continue to develop, offensively and defensively, and her best playing days are ahead of her."
Carly Cataldo, Bermudian Springs: The senior outside hitter racked up 145 digs, 115 kills, 50 aces and 15 blocks for coach Mike Beachy's Eagles.
Courtney Cleary, Hanover: A senior libero, Cleary was a vital part of the team's success the last two years. She recorded 57 aces, 18 kills and 321 digs in her final campaign.
Allie Mondorff, Delone Catholic: The junior led the division-champion Squirettes with 464 assists. She added 127 digs and 139 service points with 83 kills and 31 aces.
Abbey Rhodes, Hanover: The multisport standout for the Nighthawks was one of six senior on this season's team. Her big games included five blocks in a five-game loss to Delone Catholic that decided the Division III title.
Alyssa Reichart, Littlestown: The senior, who will participate in track at the collegiate level, pounded a team-high 105 kills for the Thunderbolts. Reichart was second on the team in digs with 73.
Alyssa Snyder, Bermudian Springs: The Eagles' senior libero pocketed 204 digs, had 26 aces and added 12 kills to lead the team to a 12-5 overall record.
Nikki Snyder, Delone Catholic: The senior libero recorded 187 digs, 10 aces and 25 assists to help the powerful Squirettes breeze through division play.
Diamond Sorrells, Hanover: The senior, who owned a powerful swing that gave defenses nightmares, pounded 184 kills with 53 aces. Sorrells also had 45 solo blocks and 25 block assists.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Jason Leppo, Delone Catholic: What a way to start a head coaching career.
Leppo, who served as Delone's junior varsity coach for four years, took over the varsity program this season and had a year to remember.
The Squirettes easily won the division title on their way to an 18-2 overall record. The team's only losses were in the postseason -- Delone fell to Spring Grove in the YAIAA tournament and to eventual PIAA champion Brandywine Heights in the District 3 Class AA tournament.
"That success had very little to do with me," Leppo said. "I'm very blessed to be part of a program like the one we have at Delone, where I have the opportunity to coach and work with a ton of great kids, families and the rest of the (Delone) staff."
-- Travis Pickens