Banquet honors Northview netters

Published 1:39 pm Friday, November 22, 2013

Members of the Northview varsity volleyball team were among those recognized at a banquet Thursday.

Members of the Northview varsity volleyball team were among those recognized at a banquet Thursday.

Several players were recognized at the Northview High School volleyball teams banquet Thursday evening.

The banquet follows a season in which the varsity Lady Chiefs finished second in the district for the first time ever. They finished 13-10.

“Our varsity team was not filled with returning,” coach Barbara Luker wrote in a prepared statement. “The varsity team was a team that was willing to fight and work together to achieve the win.”

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Luker wrote that one of the keys to the team’s success this year was in the off-season program. She encouraged the girls to attend off-season workouts to sharpen their skills.

“We hope that each of you look at any volleyball clinics that you can go to,” she wrote. “Clinics and camps are a great way to get additional feedback to improve your volleyball skills. We also look for stronger attendance at our open gyms during the summer.”

Five seniors on the varsity team were recognized at the banquet for being chosen to the Subway High School All-Star Series West team and the Florida state all-star team. They were Lily Townson, Tiffani Pritchett, Danielle Steadham, Rebecca Grim and Lana Clayton.

The best varsity offensive player award went to Kendall Hall with 41 aces, 40 kills and 98 assists, and Danielle Steadham with 19 aces, 111 kills and 3 assists.

The junior varsity award went to Leah Fischer with 11 aces, 13 kills and Laurie Purdy with 14 aces, 3 kills and 10 assists.

The most improved players were varsity’s Hana Ging and junior varsity’s Mallory Merchant.

The coaches’ award, which goes to the player the coaches fell always gave their best, went to Lily Townson.

The junior varsity’s Cheyenne Redditt and varsity’s Penny Banda were given the best attitude award.

The effort award, given to the players who “never give up,” went to junior varsity’s Maddi Weber and varsity’s E’Layzha Bates and Rebecca Grim.

The junior varsity team finished the season 2-10.