Mabel-Canton volleyball team members honored following successful season
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 4:58 AM
Mabel-Canton volleyball players have voted and the winners of this year's team awards have been announced.
The Mabel-Canton team celebrates following one of their best sets of 2013 – defeating Fillmore Central in the first frame of the sub-section championship. CRAIG MOORHEAD/NEWS-RECORD
Seniors Belle Sand, Carly McCabe, Lydia Geving and Sara Lind are "quad" Most Valuable Players.
Sand, besides being named All-State for a third straight season, was also the Southeast Conference Player of the Year for a fourth. She finished her high school career with 1,394 digs and 1,276 kills, both of which are third on the all-time Mabel-Canton list. Sand's 2013 stats included 278 kills, 246 digs, 71 ace serves and 11 ace blocks.
McCabe totaled 2,578 career set assists (second all-time) and 967 digs (fifth all-time). She also earned the 2013 Hardest Worker Award. This fall, McCabe tallied 788 assists, 23 aces, 92 kills and 167 digs.
Geving's 105 ace serves this year was the second-highest number in school history. She had 214 kills and 203 digs in 2013. The senior outside hitter finished her high school career with a total of 1,122 digs (fourth all-time), 965 kills (fifth all-time) and 487 ace serves (first all-time).
Lind earned the Most Improved Player Award for a third-straight year. She totaled 236 kills, 77 ace blocks and 203 digs in 2013.
The Team Player Award went to senior right-side hitter Kourtney Coyle, who played in 26 sets this fall.
There was another performance for the record books. In 2013, freshman Coranda Vickerman totaled 312 serving points, which was the fifth highest for a single season in school history.
M-C posted a record of 33-3 in 2013, winning a 16th consecutive conference title in the SEC East Division. The Cougars advanced as far as the sub-section championship match before losing to Fillmore Central, a team that went on to play in the state championship match.
Speaking on KFIL Radio, Head Coach Lonnie Morken said, "The season was fun - no doubt about it... We knew with the seniors we had that we wanted to make a deep run in the playoffs."
That special group, including libero Christine Lee as well as the five players already mentioned, have helped the Cougars compile an incredible record of 158-18 since 2009.
"We will lose a great group of seniors, but we've been in this position before in the last 15-16-17 years," Morken stated.
The M-C freshmen and B-squads were unbeaten in 2013, the coach reported. "Whenever we were doing drills or scrimmaging, they had the opportunity to play against Sara Lind and Belle Sand and Carly McCabe. We're hoping that we'll have kids that will be able to fill in, (but) we certainly don't want them to think about replacing or doing exactly what the seniors did this year.
"It'll certainly be a team effort next year, and a lot of different people are going to have to chip in. A lot of them played on our varsity this year. They'll just have different roles."
Morken said there will also be plenty of new names moving into the varsity ranks for 2014.
"I'm certainly excited and looking forward to next season," he concluded.