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Local athletes score all-league volleyball honors

Glencoe, Century and Hillsboro combine for 11 selections to the all-league squad


The 2013 season was a standout one for the Glencoe volleyball team, and the Crimson Tide have been rewarded accordingly for their success.

After Glencoe finished 9-5 in the Pacific Conference, tying with Tigard for third place — the program’s best result since joining the league in 2010 — a total of six Tide players were named to the league all-star team at the conclusion of the regular season. They lead a list of 11 players from Hillsboro-area schools who were chosen for the team by a vote of the league’s coaches.

Three Glencoe players were picked for the first team. Lauren Messmer, a 5-foot-9 junior all-around player, and senior setter Hannah Rossman were good friends who connected on the court and could get the Tide clicking on offense, while 5-10 junior hitter/blocker Lillie Hammel was tough in front of the net.

Another junior hitter/blocker, Cally Kennedy, was a second team selection. Senior all-around Katie Barger and junior defensive specialist Maddie Wilson earned honorable mention status.

That group of players led Glencoe to a 15-8 overall record and into the second round of the Class 6A playoffs. In the postseason, the Tide thumped David Douglas in the play-in round before upsetting Metro League runner-up Southridge in the first round.

Glencoe wrapped up its season with a 3-0 defeat against state power Roseburg in the second round, falling just one match short of the Class 6A state tournament. That run was the deepest made by a Tide team since the 2008 season, when Glencoe lost to West Albany in the Class 5A round of 16.

Three Century players also made the all-league roster this fall. Kyla Militante-Amper, a junior setter, repeated on the first team, while senior all-around Mikayla Woiwor and junior all-around Allie Williams, who returned from a knee injury to help the Jaguars this fall, were honorable mention picks.

Century went 4-16 overall and 4-10 in league play, tying Tualatin for sixth place.

Hillsboro landed two players on the squad. Freshman hitter/blocker Makenna Gambee, who picked up the sport only in eighth grade, showed great promise for the future while earning second team honors this season, and senior all-around Rachel Woodall rounded out her career as an honorable mention selection.

While the Spartans went winless in matches this season, Gambee and Woodall helped the program win its first game since the 2011 season. In fact, Hilhi (0-18, 0-14) picked up victories in three games this season, including one against Tigard.

Northwest Oregon Conference

After leading the Liberty volleyball team to a fourth-place finish in the Northwest Oregon Conference earlier this fall, four Falcons were named to the conference all-star team.

No Liberty player made the first team, but three were second team selections. Kelly Meeuwsen, Maryana Kuznetsova and Amanda Ganete were all named to the second team, while Alina Munoz earned honorable mention status.

Gabby Susee, a senior middle blocker from St. Helens, was voted league player of the year, and her coach, Tom Ray, was named league coach of the year after guiding the Lions to the NWOC championship.

Meeuwsen, a junior all-around, was one of Liberty’s top offensive threats despite standing just 5-foot-4. The lanky 5-10 Kuznetsova, a senior middle blocker, gave opponents trouble at the net. Ganete, a junior libero, and Munoz, a senior defensive specialist and one of the squad’s emotional leaders, were part of the Falcons’ hard-working, ball-digging defense.

That all-star quartet helped Liberty to a 12-10 overall mark and an 8-6 league record in the tough NWOC, which boasted four of the top 11 teams in the state rankings at the end of the regular season.

In the postseason, the Falcons breezed to a home play-in sweep against Hermiston before falling to eventual Class 5A finalist Willamette 3-0 on the road in the first round. The Falcons have made the state playoffs every year since moving to the 5A classification in 2006.




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