"Rachael was the only true single setter and we were one of the few teams that ran a true 5-1 offense," coach Jason Monjes said.

Girard was also honored as an American Volleyball Coaches Association Phenom.

Hanna Webster, Howard junior. A master of the jump set, Webster got the ball to Biniak often. But she also kept opponents off-balance by distributing passes to middles Courtney Merson (160 kills) and Maya Hairston (131), as well as Allison Holland (80). She finished with 592 assists (7.8 per set), and also managed to collect 128 digs, 47 kills and 15 blocks, and serve at better than 95 percent with 37 aces.

"Hanna's job was to use her other players' talents to maximize Sydney's," coach Grant Scott said. "Hanna knew when to give the ball to different hitters to maximize the total talent on the team. Her strength as a defender and an aggressive spot server should also be recognized."

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Outside hitters

Sarah Girard, Glenelg junior. A libero under normal circumstances, Girard, showed a chameleon-like ability to adapt to whatever role helped the team most. This season, she moved from opposite to outside hitter and posted 212 kills along with 342 digs, best in the league for any position. Girard also excelled at the service line, serving better than 93 percent with 61 aces.

"Without Sarah, we don't hit as well and pass and dig as well in the back row," Monjes said. "Sarah moved from opposite to outside hitter this year, a position she has never played, and was a big factor in our success ... Sarah was also our best serve receive person with over a 2.5 rating."

Morgan Perry, Glenelg senior. A contender for Player of the Year honors, Perry's numbers might have blown away the field in any other season. She led the league with 345 kills (4.9 per set), making only 134 errors in 776 attempts for a .272 hitting percentage, and was second on the team with 259 digs. She also had more than 20 blocks, 34 aces on 89 percent serving and 12 assists. Perry is a three-time all-county first-team selection, and led the Gladiators to a 3A East regional championship this fall.

"Without her, we don't get as far as we do in the league," Monjes said. "I'm not sure if anyone expected us to finish second, nor be the only (county) team to beat Howard, and we couldn't do that without Morgan Perry."

Middle blocker

Jessie Link, Centennial senior. The repeat first-team all-county selection had 90 kills in only 223 attempts, making only 25 hitting errors for a .291 hitting percentage. She was also one of the most effective servers in the league, with 22 aces and only six missed serves in 197 attempts (97 percent). Link used her quickness to collect 82 digs and make 15 blocks. She made  only five errors in 93 serve-receive chances.

Link and fellow middle Katie Havlik "were the quickest pair of middles in the state," coach Larry Schofield said.


Mallory Baldwin, Mt. Hebron senior. The relentless libero led her squad with 322 digs and was 400-for-428 in serve-receive chances. But just because Baldwin wore the libero jersey didn't mean that she didn't contribute elsewhere. The 2012 second-team selection added 36 assists, 28 kills and 19 aces on 91 percent serving.

"Mallory was the anchor on defense. She has a desire to get to every ball and to keep the team in a rally," coach Michael Moynihan said. "She also brought a great jump float serve and a strong back row attack.

"It wasn't just what she brought on the court, as one of our captains her leadership was a key to our great season."

Elizabeth Berg, Howard senior. Berg was also essential to the Lions' success. She had a team high 276 digs and in 462 serve-receive attempts she made only 39 errors, for a 2.02 serve receive average.

"Lizzie is the reason why we were able to run our fast, powerful offense," Scott said. "Her ability to read the ball, and get to attacks most players would not be able to control, allowed the offense to flow and produce kills ... she is also the first player in my 13 years as a varsity coach to earn a SRA over 2.0 from me."

Berg was also one of the league's best servers, collecting 64 aces on 91 percent serving (309/339), with three service runs of 14 points or more.