A total of 10 people from Gallia County were chosen to the 2017 District 13 Coaches Association Division II volleyball teams, as selected by the coaches within the eastern side of the southeast Ohio district.
The Gallia Academy volleyball team, which finished with a 23-2 record and competed in its third straight district tournament, earned a pair of special honors, to go along with a trio of first team selections and two second team spots.
In its first year in Division II, River Valley garnered four honorable mentions after posting a 5-18 record.
Blue Angels head coach Janice Rosier was named District 13 Coach of the Year, leading Gallia Academy to a third straight league title after replacing five seniors. Rosier was co-COY in the district last fall.
GAHS junior Ashton Webb — a verbal commit to Ohio University — was named Offensive Player of the Year in Division II, and was joined on the first team by sophomore teammates Alex Barnes and Peri Martin.
Earning their way on to the second team for Gallia Academy were Grace Martin and Hunter Copley. Martin, the lone senior on this year’s Blue Angel squad, was a first teamer in her junior and sophomore seasons.
For the second straight year, RVHS seniors Carly Gilmore and Isabella Mershon represent the Lady Raiders as honorable mentions. First-time honorees for River Valley are juniors Rachel Horner and Caterina Gattinara.
Athens senior libero Serena Smith was named Defensive Player of the Year and will represent District 13 in the state all-star game. Athens’ Haley Dake earned the Coaching Achievement award.
2017 Division II District 13 Volleyball Team
Ashton Webb, Alex Barnes, Peri Martin (Gallia Academy); Serena Smith, Gabby Carey, Sierra Smith (Athens); Olivia Carroll, Melinda Ruggles (Jackson); Hope Murdock (Warren).
Offensive Player of the Year:
Ashton Webb, Gallia Academy.
Defensive Player of the Year:
Serena Smith, Athens.
Coach of the Year:
Janice Rosier, Gallia Academy.
Haley Dake, Athens.
Hunter Copley, Grace Martin (Gallia Academy); Kate Liston, Maggie Kemp (Warren); Ava Myers (Athens); Abbey Munn (Jackson); Josie Hembree (Vinton County).
Rachel Horner, Carly Gilmore, Isabella Mershon, Caterina Gattinara (River Valley); Gracie Walburn, Mariah Ridgeway (Jackson), Kaylee Ullman, Abby Gilliand (Warren), Lacy Stapleton, Rebecca Clemons (Vinton County), Sydney Rutter (Athens).
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.