Southern leads way on TVC-Hocking volleyball


By Paul Boggs - pboggs@civitasmedia.com



Southern volleyball coach Kim Hupp, fourth from right, talks with her troops during a timeout in the Division IV district championship match against Portsmouth Notre Dame in Jackson, Ohio.


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They say that two out of three isn’t bad.

For the Southern Tornadoes, they took two out of three of the top honors — and tied Waterford with five selections apiece on the 2016 all-Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division volleyball list, which was announced on Monday.

Southern shared the TVC Hocking championship with Waterford for the second consecutive season, as Trimble tied the two a year ago.

The Tornadoes and Waterford won on each other’s home floor, thus giving them identical 15-1 conference records.

Trimble and Eastern tied for third at 11-5, followed by fifth-place Federal Hocking at an even 8-8.

South Gallia (5-11), Belpre (4-12), Miller (3-13) and Wahama (0-16) rounded out the TVC Hocking tallies.

The Tornadoes’ top honors went to first-year mentor Kim Hupp for Coach of the Year — and to senior outside hitter/defensive specialist Kamryn Smith for Defensive Player of the Year.

Megan Ball, a junior middle hitter from Waterford, was the Offensive Player of the Year in the TVC Hocking.

Joining Smith on the list from Southern were four other seniors — outside hitter/defensive specialist Amanda Cole, setter Marlee Maynard, and middle hitters Sierra Cleland and Faith Teaford.

Maynard was the only Tornado to repeat to the all-league list from a year ago.

Besides Ball, senior Jillian McCutcheon and juniors Allison Kern, Hannah Duff and Hayley Duff made the team from Waterford — with Ball, McCutcheon and Kern all repeating from last year.

McCutcheon and Kern also made the all-league list from two years back (2014).

Eastern’s trio of honorees are led by senior middle blocker Katlyn Barber, who also made the TVC Hocking team in both 2015 and 2014.

The Eagles’ other selections were junior setter Morgan Baer and junior outside hitter Morgain Little.

Trimble’s three picks were senior Alexa Shust, sophomore Taya Lackey and junior Sydney Hardy — as Shust was a repeat choice from a year ago.

Federal Hocking, South Gallia, Belpre and Miller all had two selections apiece — with South Gallia’s being sophomore middle hitter Rachal Colburn and junior outside hitter Erin Evans.

Federal Hocking had senior Miranda Scott and junior Paige Watkins, Belpre landed seniors Alexandria Williams and Trinidy King, and Miller managed juniors Ryleigh Newman and Lacey Alexander.

Of those six, only King of Belpre repeated from last year.

Wahama had one selection — junior setter Madison VanMeter.

The all-TVC Hocking team and subsequent honors are chosen by the division’s coaches.

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Southern volleyball coach Kim Hupp, fourth from right, talks with her troops during a timeout in the Division IV district championship match against Portsmouth Notre Dame in Jackson, Ohio.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2016/11/web1_11.10-SHS-Hupp.jpgSouthern volleyball coach Kim Hupp, fourth from right, talks with her troops during a timeout in the Division IV district championship match against Portsmouth Notre Dame in Jackson, Ohio. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

By Paul Boggs

pboggs@civitasmedia.com