Senior, Outside hitter
Kukosky had a breakout year at Holy Redeemer, helping to lead the Royals to a berth in the Class 2A state semifinals and the team’s 10th straight district title. She finished with a team-high 161 kills and was third on the team with 131 service points. She was selected to the first team in the WVC.
Senior, Outside hitter
Traugh was a big reason why Berwick won 12 games in the regular season and qualified for the playoffs for the second straight year. She led the WVC with 241 kills and added 132 service points and 142 digs. Traugh was named first team in the WVC.
Junior, Outside hitter
One of two underclassmen on the Times Leader squad, Radginski continued to build on her Trojan career. She was selected to the league’s first team and was fourth in the WVC with 169 kills. She also added 32 blocks, which was also good for fourth in the conference.
Lipowski was one of the senior leaders on a Nanticoke squad that won the District 2 Class 3A championship. A dangerous setter capable of shooting timely one-overs across the net, she finished with 375 assists, good for third in the WVC, and added 162 service points and 75 kills. She’s already committed to Kutztown University to play softball.
Olszyk, a first-team WVC selection, was a versatile athlete for the Comets. Finished with 327 assists, which ranked fourth in the league, and also added 227 service points and 73 assists. She also chipped in with 119 digs.
Ellis was named the WVC’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2016. In addition to 147 digs, she was strong behind the service line with a powerful jump serve. Ellis had 153 service points and led Crestwood with 91 aces, which also ranked first in the WVC.
Junior, Middle hitter
Wyoming Valley West
This is Giza’s second year on the Times Leader’s first team. A junior at WVW, Giza became an all-around player, playing in all rotations. She was second in the league with 205 kills and led the WVC in blocks with 79. She added 100 service points and 83 digs, and also earned first-team all-league honors.
Arguably, no player meant more to her team than what Durling meant to Pittston Area. The lone senior on the squad, she helped guide her team to 10 wins as the Patriots narrowly missed a berth in the district’s 3A playoffs. On the court, she did everything. A setter, she had 280 assists, added 106 kills and recorded 114 points behind the service line.
Coach of the Year
With only three returning varsity players, it was one of the most inexperienced squads Kablick had in his years of coaching. Yet, with expectations always high at Holy Redeemer in girls volleyball, the Royals didn’t disappoint. Redeemer won its 10th straight district title, sweeping past Dunmore in the finals, and reached the PIAA Class 2A state semifinals, rolling past North Penn-Liberty and New Hope-Solebury before falling to North Star in four sets. Kablick, who led Redeemer to a 16-1 record in the WVC, landed two players (Brynn Kukosky and Amanda Curcio) on the conference’s first team, and two players (Ashley Andrejko and Julia Andrejko) on the second.