"She didn't ask for it; (leadership) is a natural thing," he said. "You will want her on your team ... for three years she has been the most feared hitter in the county and one of the top in the state."
Mockapetris' great aunt was also right about her personality off the court. When Schofield's wife was hospitalized earlier this season, Trisha — who says she would eventually like to work as a wedding planner — organized a get-well card team signing and photo, and hand-delivered it to Schofield and his wife at the hospital.
"It was a major emotional lift," Schofield said. "That was all her doing. She has that sensitive side as well."
So while the Mockapetris name will always be synonymous with Centennial volleyball — Tehya and Trisha are just the second pair of sisters from Howard County to each earn Player of the Year, joining Glenelg's Marisa (1993) and Elisa Davidson (1995) — Trisha will certainly be remembered for her first name as well.
"Most of these girls had no idea who her sister was. They knew the name, but Trisha was the Mockapetris that they knew," Schofield said. "She really did carve out her own place."
Named to the first team:
Camryn Long, Glenelg senior. Long was Glenelg's captain on the floor and in the locker room.
"She demonstrated the ability to get to every pass and make a good set out of it....often making a great set out of a bad pass," coach Don Beall said.
In addition to her 458 assists, Long was one of the most versatile setters in the league, also making 20 blocks, 134 digs, 26 aces and 63 kills.
Long led the Gladiators to 12 wins and had eight kills, 22 digs and 22 assists in a regional championship loss to Calvert.
Lexi White-Torruellas, Centennial senior. White-Torruellas' 605 assists were tops in the league, and she finished with well over 1,000 in her career as an Eagle.
She "directed a very versatile offense to 18 wins," Schofield said.
Under her guidance, five different Eagles had at least 65 kills, and White-Torruellas also managed 134 digs and served an impressive 96 percent with 23 aces.
She had six matches this season with at least 40 assists, including a season-high 52 in a five-set win over rival River Hill.
Sydney Biniak, Howard junior. Transitioning from middle blocker to outside hitter after two full seasons as a varsity starter, Biniak — also a standout basketball player — went through a period of adjustment, but ended up as the Lions best all-around player.
"At the halfway point she really began to understand how to play OH and her stats showed it," coach Grant Scott said.
In the second half of the season, Biniak accounted for more than a third of the team's kills, finishing with 166 and 27 blocks, and leading the Lions on a run to the regional championship match at Centennial.
The all-around athlete also became a leader on defense, with 168 digs and the Lions' second-best serve receive average (1.81). She also developed a powerful jump serve this season which netted her a league-best 68 aces.