Sunday, Apr 20, 2014

Consistent competitor


When Lake Placid needed a crucial point, Breauna Corley was involved somehow. Whether it was as a hitter, a blocker or when she was serving, the senior captain managed to find a way to help the Green Dragons win.

Corley, a four-year starter, used her size and power to dominate the net from her middle hitter position and she had a remarkable 193 kills, 52 blocks, 122 digs and 38 aces.

"Breauna has a lot of heart and plays with everything she has," said Lake Placid volleyball coach Charlotte Bauder. "She takes everything personally and is a great team player."

Corley teamed up with outside hitter Bella Carabello to give the Green Dragons a lethal combination which made Lake Placid extremely hard to defend.

Corley helped the Green Dragons win the Class 4A-District 9 tournament and post an impressive record of 25-4. Lake Placid lost in the state quarterfinals to state powerhouse Berkeley Prep.

"Breauna always played hard, was a leader and a pleasure to coach."

Corley is taking her ability to the next level as she has been recruited to play volleyball at South Florida State College next year.

For her ability and accomplishments, Corley has been selected as the Highlands Today 2013 All-Highlands Volleyball Player of the Year.

"It's such an honor to win this award," said Corley. "This was a goal of mine and it feels great to know that all of my hard work paid off.

"We had a special season and I'm looking forward to playing volleyball at South Florida State College." The Team

Marina Torres, senior, Avon Park - Torres, a three-year varsity player, racked up some impressive numbers from her outside hitter position for the Red Devils.

"Marina was a powerful hitter," said Avon Park volleyball coach Shane Wirries. "She really came on as the season progressed and when she was on we were hard to beat."

Lindsey Whittington, senior, Sebring - Whittington played varsity three years and had an outstanding year as the setter for the potent Blue Streak attack with 353 assists, 67 kills, 87 digs and 23 aces,

Whittington was chosen to compete in the prestigious FACA All-Star Volleyball Tournament.

"Lindsey had amazing stats even though she shared setting duties during the season," said Sebring volleyball coach Venessa Sinness. "Lindsey was the first Sebring player to be chosen to play in the FACA All-Star tournament and that's quite an accomplishment.

"She was very competitive but had great sportsmanship and was always positive."

Bella Carabello, senior, Lake Placid - Carabello was a force at outside hitter for the Green Dragons with a powerful spike and excellent court vision. Carabello, who had 231 kills and 32 blocks, has signed to play volleyball at Daytona State College next year.

"Bella is a great offensive player," said Bauder. "She hits the ball really hard and gave us a great combination at the net."

Otaysha Smith, senior, Avon Park - Smith was invaluable as the setter for the Red Devils.

"Otaysha made our offense run smoothly," said Wirries. "She made sure to put the ball in the right place for us to succeed."

Jordan Hinkle, senior, Sebring - Hinkle was a solid performer and came up big whenever the Blue Streaks needed a point with 53 assists, a team-high 47 aces and 93 kills.

"When we needed a point we set the ball for Jordan," said Sinness. "She is a fierce competitor and hits the ball really hard with excellent placement."

Jacalyn Baldwin, junior, Lake Placid - Baldwin had a team-high 50 ace serves and 156 kills from her outside hitter position for the Green Dragons.

"Jacalyn is very smart and had great court vision," Bauder said. "She hits the ball pretty hard and gave us another hammer."

Brianna Roque, senior, Avon Park - Roque was a force as a middle hitter for the Red Devils.

"Brianna had a lot of blocks and kill shots," Wirries said. "She learned to place the ball better as the season wore on."

Caylin Webb, junior, Sebring - Webb made things happen from her middle hitter position with 65 blocks, 125 kills and 28 aces.

"Caylin was very smart and kept the ball in play," said Sinness. "She has excellent court vision."

Andrea Barajas, senior, Lake Placid - Barajas was a versatile performer and had a team-high 626 assists from her setter position.

"Andrea is a complete player and could play every position," said Bauder. "She was our only setter and she worked very hard to help make our offense as effective as it was.

"She was the glue that held our team together and she always had a positive attitude."

Hannah Gotsch, junior, Sebring - Gotsch was a factor at outside hitter with 122 kills.

"Hannah is a solid player and is only going to get better," said Sinness.

Mary Grace Bates, sophomore, Lake Placid - Bates played the libero position and used her quickness and anticipation to record a team-high 463 digs.

"Mary Grace is an outstanding athlete," said Bauder. "She doesn't get distracted, always played with a lot of effort and was a great example for the rest of the girls."

Ansley Selander, sophomore, Sebring - Selander covered a lot of ground with 157 digs as the libero for the Blue Streaks.

"Ansley reads the ball well and was always in the right place," said Sinnness. "She is really solid at serve/receive and is a team player."

Hannah Tucker, junior, Sebring - Tucker was another strong outside hitter with 95 kills and 12 blocks for the Blue Streaks.

"Hannah gave us another option on offense," Sinness said. "She hits the ball hard and is working on being more consistent."

Honorable Mention

Joanna Sanchez, senior, Lake Placid - Sanchez was a defensive wizard for the Green Dragons.

"Joanna was a great leader and worked hard to become a better player," said Bauder. "She was a determined competitor and had an excellent serve."

Alexis Williams, senior, Avon Park - Williams displayed excellent versatility by playing well at several positions for the Red Devils.

"Alexis was able to help at several positions which made her invaluable," Wirries said. "She could play hitter or move to the back line and help with our defense."

Tiffani Broder, senior, Lake Placid - Broder gave the Green Dragons another solid option on offense with 67 kills.

"Tiffani has overcome a lot of adversity to become a solid player," said Bauder. "She doesn't hit the ball as hard as the other girls, but she knew how to win the point."

Shannon Huber, junior, Lake Placid - Huber was a defensive specialist with great reflexes for the Green Dragons.

"We had great success as a team because all of the girls played key parts," Bauder said. "Shannon contributed and helped to make us better."

Maria Tataris, senior, Avon Park - Taturis played the libero position as well as other spots for the Red Devils.

"Maria played well wherever I put her," Wirries said. "Her ability to play different positions was a key to our success."

Danielle Daigle, junior, Lake Placid - Daigle was another solid contributor on defense for the Green Dragons.

"Danielle did whatever I asked," Bauder said. "She overcame a lot of adversity and is an awesome young lady."

Coach of the Year

For guiding Lake Placid to a 25-6 record, the Class 4A-District 9 championship and spot in the state playoffs in her first year, Charlotte Bauder has been selected as the Highlands Today Volleyball Coach of the Year.


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