Locals land 3 on TVC Ohio volleyball team

By Donald Lambert - elambert@civitasmedia.com

Three people from the Ohio Valley Publishing area were selected to the 2015 All-Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division volleyball team, as voted on by the coaches within the league.

Meigs led the local teams with two selections, while River Valley had one player make the team.

Junior Devyn Oliver and freshman Kassidy Betzing were selected from the Lady Marauders and senior Courtney Smith was chosen from the Lady Raiders.

Athens’ Rachel Gilkey was named the Offensive Player of the Year, while Maddie Kish of Alexander was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Alexander’s Megan Edwards was named Coach of the Year.

Meigs finished fifth in the 2015 conference standings, followed by River Valley in sixth place.

Oliver was a repeat selection to the All-TVC Ohio team from a year ago. Rachael Gilkey and Cassidy Staten of Athens, Maddie Kish, Jala Mace and Sydney Davis of Alexander, Kaitlyn Hurd of Nelsonville-York, Riley Patton of Wellston, and Cayla Allen of Vinton County were also earned repeat all-league selections.

Here is the comeplete list of the 2015 All-TVC Ohio Division volleyball team, with final records included.

ATHENS (12-0): Rachel Gilkey*, Cassidy Staten*, Alexis McCollum, Naomi Oberg, J’Lana Stone.

ALEXANDER (9-3): Maddie Kish*, Jala Mace*, Sydney Davis*, Jenna Terry.

NELSONVILLE-YORK (8-4): Kaitlyn Hurd*, Chelsie Mays, Vicki Osborne.

WELLSTON (7-5): Paige O’ Neill, Riley Patton*.

MEIGS (4-8): Devyn Oliver*, Kassidy Betzing.

RIVER VALLEY (2-10): Courtney Smith*.

VINTON COUNTY (0-12): Cayla Smith*.

Offensive Player of the Year: Rachael Gilkey, Athens.

Defensive Player of the Year: Maddie Kish, Alexander.

Coach the Year: Megan Edwards (Alexander).

* — indicates repeat selection from the 2014 TVC Ohio season.

Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106.

By Donald Lambert