By Rongi Yost
Correspondent 

Rush named Coach of the Year

 

Last updated 11/15/2022 at Noon

JERRY BALDOCK

Rory Rush was named Coach of the Year and Gracie Vohs earned Player of the Year honors after an 11-1 season.

The Lady Outlaws had a stellar league season and finished with a 11-1 record — all sweeps, except for two matches. Six Outlaw players stood out and earned All-League recognition — and Coach Rory Rush was named Coach of the Year.

It came as no surprise that junior Gracie Vohs, Sisters’ outside hitter and team captain, was a First-Team pick and named Player of the Year. Vohs recorded 220 kills, 24 blocks, and 25 aces during league play.

Coach Rory Rush said, “Gracie has worked hard this year to be a leader and play all-around this season. She is a fierce competitor and wants to always make those around her better. She is a powerful hitter, with the ability to change the game. She plays high above the net and frustrated the other team with her blocking.”

Gracelyn Myhre (junior), who plays outside hitter, was also a First-Team selection. Myhre tallied 134 kills, 10 blocks, 89 digs, and 32 aces for the Lady Outlaws.

“Gracelyn has established herself as an anchor for our team,” said Rush. “She is an all-around player that has great court sense. She sees the floor so well, and is a go-to when we need the side-out. She has a great serve and frustrates the other team often.”

Hannah Fendall, Mia Monaghan, and Bailey Robertson all earned Second-Team All-League honors.

Fendall ran the offense for the Outlaws as their main setter. She accrued 298 assists, 74 digs, and 22 aces over the course of league play.

“Hannah is our emotional leader and motivator,” stated Rush. “Her energy is infectious. She is competitive on the floor and makes those around her feel the same. She runs our offense well and makes her hitters look good. Her hard work and determination has established her as one of the best players in our league.”

Monaghan (junior) played at libero for the Outlaws and had 156 digs, 22 aces, and a 2.10 serve-receive rating.

“Mia has an incredible knack for reading the floor,” said Rush. “She can anticipate and read the ball, putting herself right where we need her to anchor our passing on the floor. She has a wicked serve down the line, and causes frustration for many opponents.”

Robertson (junior and captain) played in the middle and netted 112 kills, 40 blocks, 68 digs, and 19 aces.

“Bailey is a force in the middle,” said Rush. “She plays high above the net and creates so much energy for our team in big moments with crucial blocks. She provides a quick offense out of the middle, but is also very versatile from hitting anywhere on the floor. She is always encouraging of her teammates, and they rely on her positive attitude and infectious cheering on the floor.”

Sophomore Kathryn Scholl, who plays as a right side hitter, rounded out the All-League picks. Scholl had 56 kills and 22 blocks in league play.

“Kathryn really came out of her shell this year, and has established herself as a major threat on the right side, not only as a hitter, but as a blocker,” said Rush. “She has a great connection with her setter and has become the perfect outlet when teams are focusing on other hitters. She can hit the ball with great force and we are excited to watch her continue to grow over the next couple of years.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our team,” said Rush. “While we recognize these six girls, we wouldn’t have had the journey we did without each and every girl on this team. We strived to work together and achieve the goals we set early on in our season. Our success is a tribute to the countless hours they spent off and on the court pushing to be better athletes and teammates. This is a special group, and I have loved having the honor to be part of their journey.”

 

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