Leading the way was Spanish Springs senior setter and outside hitter Lyndsey Anderson, who has been doing it all for the team the past four years. Anderson earned top billing in the HDL this fall as coaches chose her as the HDL Player of the Year.
In 16 league games, Anderson had 358 assists, 67 kills, 59 digs, 27 aces and 10 blocks. She also led the team with a .455 hitting percentage.
“I think the biggest thing for Lyndsey is every aspect of the game she plays for us; serving, passing, setting, hitting, defense. She just does it all,” SSHS volleyball coach Frank Sandomenico said. “She makes the whole team flow. Without her, it wouldn’t look as easy as it does. Hitters, you notice when they make big plays. Setters, you don’t always notice how good they are. I think that happens a lot with Lyndsey. You don’t notice how good she is until you watch other teams play.”
The other top honor went to Reed coach Kristen Flagtvedt, who was named the HDL Coach of the Year, after guiding a Raiders squad, that lost a large senior core from a year ago, to a 13-3 league mark this season and second place in league.
“It felt really good. To be recognized by the other coaches is very nice,” Flagtvedt said. “I was more excited that more of my girls got recognized this year.”
The awards didn’t stop there.
All three big hitters for Spanish Springs were selected to first team all-league. Senior outside hitters Melly Munley and Rachel Loadholt joined junior middle blocker Gabby Szachara on the first team.
Munley paced the Cougars with 186 kills to go along with 23 aces and 92 digs. Loadholt had 169 kills, 128 digs and 20 aces, while Szachara led the team with 38 blocks and knocked down 104 kills.
“Those three provided a big chunk of our kills this year,” Sandomenico said. “We just felt like every game we needed double-digit kills out of Melly and Rachel and close to double-digit kills out of Gabby for us to be successful. They were definitely our three go-to hitters, and they came through for us big time. They brought it on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.”
A pair of juniors made the first team list for Reed. Outside hitter Moriah Maluotoga and middle blocker Madi Funk rounded out the local schools’ first team selections.
Maluotoga led the team with 175 kills in 16 league games. She was also first in digs. Funk had a team-high 48 blocks and was third in kills with 157.
“I was very proud of both of them for being able to get first team,” Flagtvedt said. “Mo has been a huge part of the volleyball team for the past few years. For her to be recognized at the first-team level is phenomenal. She really helped the team gel together both by her example playing and her leadership skills.
“Madi got to play a little bit last year, but didn’t see a whole lot of time. Then to be one of the starters this year, it was really fun to watch her become confident and someone our team could rely on to block when we needed them, and to put the ball away at the right time as well.”
On the second team, Reed got senior setter Taylor Stefan and junior outside hitter/libero Kelsey Donohoe, while Spanish Springs’ Hannah Meadows was selected. Stefan finished league play with 619 assists.
Junior Brandi Brucato was an honorable mention for the Cougars, and sophomore Emilie Braun received the same recognition for the Raiders.
•In the Division I-A, Sparks reached the postseason as the No. 8 seed and five Railroaders impressed opposing coaches along the way.
Sparks got two players on the first team — Krystal Parker at middle blocker and Marjorie Cabales at utility.
“They were huge assets to the team. Krystal has been leading our team for a couple years now,” Sparks volleyball coach Tarina Elliott said. “She did also play a setter and all the way around, back row and everywhere. But her middle blocking was definitely a bonus for us, and she carried our team. Marjorie played all over for us this year. She was a hustler and worked really hard. She definitely earned her spot on our court and the first team.”
Outside hitter Jessica Garcia was the only Railroader named to the second team.
Nina Cuabra and Pearla Cordoba were honorable mention selections for the SHS spikers.