Willis, Shansky among state’s best

Southern Local's Lizzie Willis

Crestview’s MacKenzie Daub, Southern Local’s Lizzie Willis and United Local’s Camryn Jarrett were all named Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association All-Ohioans for their outstanding performances this season.

Southern Local’s Lizzie Willis was named to the third team in Div. IV.

Willis, who plays outside hitter, was one of the finest at her position in the state.

She had 320 serving points this season including 110 aces, which was second in the state. Over the course of her four-year career she had 950 serving points, a school record.

On the attacking front, Willis produced 335 kills from 800 attacks this season. She also went over 1,000 kills for her career.

“In all my 42 years of coaching I’ve had lots of good hitters, good defenders and good passers, but I don’t think I have ever had as complete of a player as her,” Southern coach Bob Shansky said.

Shansky said Willis was a key reason why the Indians have produced so much success over the last few seasons.

“She is a powerful hitter, but as the years have gone on she has played smarter volleyball,” Shansky said.

Shansky’s Indians went 24-1 this season and he completed his first 22-0 regular season in his 42 years of coaching. For that, he was honored with a coaches’ achievement award by the state association.

“The nice thing about this award is that it is given by your fellow coaches and not just the ones from around here,” Shansky said.

He will be given that award at the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association All-Star match set for Nov. 19 at Wooster High School.

Willis will play in that match.

Daub, a senior, was named to the second team in Div. III. She led the Rebels with 362 kills and had a successful attack rate of 57 percent. She totaled 70 blocks in her 80 sets played.

In her career, Daub had 1,042 kills in 337 sets played, while adding 250 blocks.

“MacKenzie is a great volleyball player,” Crestview coach Alisha Auer said. “She is fast, strong and very smart. I have truly enjoyed coaching her over the past four seasons and will miss her great attitude and focused play. She is a natural leader and will do great things at the next level.”

Jarrett, a senior, was also named to the second team in Div. III. Playing in every game and match for the Eagles this season, Jarrett had 67 aces, 40 solo blocks, 18 block assists, 177 digs and 508 kills out of 842 attacks.

“Camryn is by far the best player I have coached while here at United,” United volleyball coach Don Conser said. “It is a nice feeling to know that when a point is needed for the team to progress in its winning ways, just give Camryn a set and continue to play. Camryn has a bright future ahead of her and the limit for her is yet to be found. She is a No. 1 athlete and one of the best volleyball players I have had the privilege of coaching.”

Jarrett played three seasons at United and totaled 1,017 kills for the Eagles, a school record. As a freshman at Beaver Local, Jarrett had another 125 kills giving her 1,142 kills for her career.