After making The Connection’s All-County volleyball team for the past three seasons, Mackenzie Geer has been named the Robertson County Player of the Year.

Under direction of Coach of the Year Brandon Niblock, Geer guided White House Heritage to its most successful season in the last 10 years.

The Lady Patriots were one of two Robertson County teams that came a win shy of a state tournament berth. East Robertson – this season’s Team of the Year – reached yet another sectional game and continued to find success under coach Jamie Pennington.

Nominations and statistics were pulled from all five county volleyball coaches, and The Connection made final decisions on the awards.

White House Heritage had the most player nominations at five. East Robertson, Jo Byrns and Springfield all had at least two athletes make the team, and Greenbrier had one.

The full team is listed below:

Player of the Year: Mackenzie Geer, White House Heritage senior

Resume: 716 assists, 433 digs, 428 kills, 77 aces, District 11-AA Tournament MVP, Region 6-AA Tournament MVP.

The Lady Patriots don’t make it nearly as far without Geer, who was named the top player in Heritage’s region and district tournaments. The senior ends her high school career with a bang with her first-ever Player of the Year nod.

Coach of the Year: Brandon Niblock, White House Heritage

Resume: District 11-AA Championship, Region 6-AA Championship.

Niblock took White House Heritage farther than its been in the past decade. The Lady Patriots defeated every other team in the county despite losing three seniors from last year’s team, and their season ended in five sets to Hume Fogg, the eventual Class AA State Champion.

Team of the Year: East Robertson Lady Indians

Resume: District 8-A Championship, Region 4-A Runner-Up, fourth consecutive sectional appearance.

This could go to either of the two teams that reached the sectional round, but what East Robertson’s team continues to do as volleyball grows in the Midstate is admirable. Led by coach Jamie Pennington and his two daughters, Reese and Katie, the Lady Indians reached the sectional round for the fourth straight season.

All-County First Team:

Grayson Bryant, Jo Byrns senior

Stats: 471 assists, 188 digs, 43 aces, District 9-A MVP.

Josie Buck, Springfield senior

Stats: 238 digs, 164 kills, 74 aces, All-District 13-AAA.

Reese Payne, Jo Byrns senior

Stats: 242 kills, .282 hitting percentage, 62 blocks, District 9-A Tournament MVP.

Reese Pennington, East Robertson senior

Stats: 562 assists, 82 aces, District 8-A Tournament MVP.

Addison Waggoner, White House Heritage senior

Stats: 441 digs, 220 assists, All-District 11-AA.

All-County Second Team:

Brooke Dowlen, Jo Byrns senior

Stats: 240 kills, .291 hitting percentage, All-District 9-A.

Madi Horton, White House Heritage sophomore

Stats: 322 kills, 176 digs, Region 6-AA All-Tournament Team.

Ashley Marshall, Greenbrier senior

Stats: 289 assists, 27 aces, All-District 11-AA.

Katie Pennington, East Robertson freshman

Stats: 306 kills, 47 aces, All-Region 4-A.

Ava Tate, White House Heritage sophomore

Stats: 248 kills, 39 blocks, All-District 11-AA.

Madeline Wikberg, East Robertson senior

Stats: 333 kills, 53 blocks, All-District 8-A.

Honorable Mention:

Maci Banks, Springfield junior

Stats: All-District 13-AAA.

Hannah Myers, White House Heritage junior

Stats: 310 digs, 102 assists, 82 aces.

Joel Clinger contributed to this report.

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