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Volleyball Player of the Year: Trisha Mockapetris, Centennial, hitter, senior

Trisha Mockapetris

Centennial, hitter, senior

After Centennial lost the first set, 25-20, to North Hagerstown in the Class 3A state championship Nov. 16 at the University of Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum, the team was quickly pulled to one side of the court for a hastily organized meeting. In the center of it all, doing the talking, was Mockapetris.

"She is a leader, and she was telling them what we were doing wrong, and what we had to do better," Eagles coach Larry Schofield said. "She was the fire of Centennial volleyball for the past two years."

Schofield had to deal with some medical issues in his family this season and would sometimes be a little late to practice. When he would arrive, Mockapetris had already organized the team and was running drills. That type of leadership helped Centennial advance to the state finals in both her sophomore and senior years.

This year, she contributed 205 kills to lead a balanced offense for the Eagles, and her 182 digs were a key to the Centennial defense. A strength of her game, she served at a 97.8 percent pace with 121 aces. She also handled the ball 159 times on serve-receive with only 11 errors.

In all four years of high school, Mockapetris made the All-Metro first team. She is undecided about where to attend college, but will play volleyball wherever she goes.

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