PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Sherelle Walker, Susquehannock: The senior had an outstanding campaign and led the Warriors to a District 3 Class AA title and the PIAA tournament.
Walker, who will continue her athletic and academic career at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, smashed a team-high 345 kills with a hitting percentage of .338. She also led the Warriors with 56 blocks.
Walker's performance was noticed by those outside of York and Adams counties, as well. She was a District 3 Class AA all-star pick and finished her career out as a member of the PIAA Class AA all-tournament team.
"She'll make a fantastic college player," Susquehannock coach Rob Marrison said. "She'll do really well in (the UMBC system). It will be interesting to watch her career as it unfolds."
Hannah Bentz, Susquehannock: One of the team captains, Bentz played an integral role in guiding the Warriors to the PIAA Class AA tournament. Bentz paced the squad with 610 digs and added 37 aces.
Jessica Brown, Kennard-Dale: The four-year starter closed her career with a bang. Brown, a setter and right-side hitter, racked up 449 assists and 250 digs for the Rams in her senior season. She also had 125 kills and 41 aces.
Katelyn Duncan, York Suburban: Duncan helped the Trojans win four matches this season and place fifth in the division. Duncan finished with a 28 percent kill percentage in league matches.
Kacey Franz, Susquehannock: Despite making the move from setter to outside hitter, Franz finished first on the team in aces and serving percentage. She was second in digs and digging percentage and was one of the reasons the Warriors advanced to the PIAA Class AA tournament.
Stevie Kitching, Northeastern: Although the Bobcats were just 3-9, Kitching was a favorite among YAIAA coaches.
Katelyn Ort, West York: She racked up 257 kills and 123 digs to help the Bulldogs finish second in the division with a 10-2 mark. Ort added 14 aces and 12 blocks.
Lexi Rhein, Eastern York: A dynamic player, Rhein led the Golden Knights to an 8-7 overall record and third-place finish in the division by collecting 20 aces, 162 digs, 153 kills, 25 blocks and 212 assists.
Emily Sides, West York: One of the team captains, Sides pocketed 95 digs and 51 kills to go along with 655 assists, 40 aces and seven blocks. Her play helped the Bulldogs finish with a 13-4 record.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Rob Marrison, Susquehannock: In his five years in charge of the Warriors, Marrison has done nothing but win.
Marrison notched his third District 3 title this year when the Warriors swept Brandywine Heights in the final. Susquehannock's other titles under Marrison came in 2007 (Class AAA) and 2008 (Class AA).
Once in PIAA play this season, the Warriors breezed past Somerset to advance into pool play, where they survived a balanced group to reach the state semifinals.
And that's where the journey ended with a 3-0 setback to eventual state runner-up Southern Lehigh.
Regardless of that result, Marrison again demonstrated his ability to mold a group of players into a team and help that team reach its potential.
-- Travis Pickens