The Connection has named its 2020 All-Robertson County volleyball team.
19 athletes represent East Robertson, Greenbrier, Jo Byrns, Springfield and White House Heritage.
East Robertson, Jo Byrns, Springfield and Heritage all have four selections each. ERHS junior setter Reese Pennington earned Most Valuable Player.
Greenbrier head coach Tori Scherer was named Coach of the Year in her return to the sideline this season.
The Jo Byrns Lady Devils earned Team of the Year by defeating every other team on this list.
White House players will be named to the All-Sumner County team.
The honorees are listed below:
Most Valuable Player: Reese Pennington, East Robertson junior
District 8-A MVP, District 8-A All-Tournament, Region 4-A All-Tournament, 3.5 aces/match, 9.4 kills/match, 30 assists/match, 15 digs/match
Pennington is the daughter of head coach Jamie Pennington. She is an extremely versatile player that leads on and off the floor. Despite being her team’s setter, she led the team in kills. She brings consistent energy to the floor and skill to boot and led her team to sectionals, further than any other Robertson County team. The Lady Indians will return every player and will try to take the next step to the state tournament in 2021.
Coach of the Year: Tori Scherer, Greenbrier
District 11-AA Coach of the Year, fourth season as head coach (2013-2015, 2020)
This was Scherer’s fourth season as the Greenbrier head coach but her first in her second stint. She took a four-year hiatus to focus on her family but returned this year to take over a two-win program. Her team’s progress from last season (and even the start of this year) has been impressive. The Lady Cats finished just fifth in District 11-AA, but her players took the time to develop. With only two seniors, keeping the inexperienced team in close matches will serve them well down the road.
Team of the Year: Jo Byrns Lady Devils
13-2 (6-0 District 9-A), District 9-A champions
Jo Byrns is the only team to have defeated every one of their in-county opponents, so while many teams have had successful seasons, only the Lady Devils are worthy of this title. Despite being the smallest school, they went 5-1 against the other four teams and avenged their loss to Springfield later in the season. They fell in the region tournament but will bring all but one player back next season to try to take the program to the next level.
All-County First Team:
Ashleigh Shores, WH Heritage senior
All-District 11-AA, District 11-AA All-Tournament, 280 kills, 34 aces, 208 digs, 2.11 serve receive rating
Mackenzie Geer, WH Heritage junior
All-District 11-AA, 175 kills, 35 blocks, 58 aces, 494 assists
Brooke Dowlen, Jo Byrns junior
District 9-A MVP, Region 5-A All-Tournament, 184 kills, 17 aces, 31 total blocks, 135 digs, 16 assists
Reese Payne, Jo Byrns junior
All-District 9-A, 134 kills, 11 aces, 36 total blocks, 132 digs, 19 assists
Morgan Gunn, Springfield senior
Libby Clark, East Robertson sophomore
All-District 8-A, District 8-A All-Tournament, Region 4-A All-Tournament, 2.0 aces per match, 9.4 kills/match, 10 digs/match
All-County Second Team:
Josie Buck, Springfield junior
MC Abell, WH Heritage senior
All-District 11-AA, District 11-AA All-Tournament, 136 kills, 38 blocks, 24 aces
Adrean Cole, East Robertson junior
All-District 8-A, District 8-A Tournament MVP, 2.3 blocks/match, 5.5 kills/match
Madeline Wikberg, East Robertson junior
All-District 8-A, 1.5 aces/match, 6 kills/match
Grayson Bryant, Jo Byrns junior
All-District 9-A, 322 assists, 179 digs, 12 total blocks
Caroline Dalton, Greenbrier junior
Led team in kills (77) and digs
Ashley Marshall, Greenbrier junior
All-District 11-AA, 133 digs
Ashlen Bryant, Jo Byrns senior
25 aces, 209 digs
Julia Arms, Jo Byrns freshman
District 9-A All-Tournament, 51 kills, 26 aces, 131 digs
Taylor Sykes, Springfield senior
Haley Jones, Springfield senior
Addison Waggoner, WH Heritage junior
222 digs, 42 aces