Allie Mondorff's talent was apparent the moment she started at Delone Catholic, when she made the varsity team as the lone freshman three years ago. His reasoning was simple.
"She was a freshman in grade only," Leppo said. "She never panicked. She was very calm. Her experience with volleyball, she had been around it long enough that it wasn't a big deal."
But it was a big deal. Mondorff was nervous playing for a new team with teammates all older than her, and she admits to keeping to herself. Still, she played well at setter.
"It was a new experience," said Mondorff, this year's All-Area Girls' Volleyball Player of the Year. "I was part of it, but I wasn't hitting the ball, not like anything major. It wasn't that big of a deal overall, I guess, in my mind."
She is joined by teammate Cambria Wierman on the first team. Squirettes libero Hannah Lawrence - whose school-record 403 digs more than doubled the next closest teammate - made the second team after a season that saw the Squirettes make the PIAA Class AA title match.
Mondorff joined the Squirettes after starting to play libero around age 11. A growth spurt moved her to setter, and she developed as an outside hitter on a club team after her freshman year.
"She kept getting better," Leppo said. "She found ways to keep challenging herself. She became more of a hitter and a passer. She's just as good as an outside hitter as a setter. She worked to become a complete player. She's a volleyball player.
"We're not going to have an Allie Mondorff setting next year."
She provided a well-rounded presence for the Squirettes this season, leading the team with 564 assists and her 60 aces tied the team lead. She added 168 digs for a squad that finished 27-1, the lone blemish a 3-1 loss to Fort LeBoeuf in the state championship match.
Her goal, starting her freshman year, was to win a state title.
"I was disappointed we didn't win it," Mondorff said. "The fact that we made it there and with the team we made it there, it was the last team I'd be able to do it with. I'm just so proud of the girls and how we came together. We pulled it out to the very end."
The loss capped a regular season she describes as a blur. There were 27 consecutive wins before that match, including a District 3 Class AA championship after trailing 2-0 to a strong Berks Catholic team.
Now, Mondorff is focusing on playing volleyball in college. She has drawn interest from the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, an NCAA Division II program, and Juniata, a Division III school.
"I feel like, when I look back, I learned so much," she said. "I got so much better from my experiences. It's been amazing."