Fresh off another 30-win season and a top-10 national ranking, the Cowley College volleyball team was well-represented on the all-conference and all-district teams.
Sophomore setter Caroline Foster was named Jayhawk East Setter of the Year to go with all-conference and all-district first-team honors.
Foster finished the season with 1,430 assists.
“Caroline came to Cowley as a very talented setter whom we were overjoyed to have as part of our program for these past two years,” Cowley coach Steven Gream said. “Once she became adjusted to the college game, she took off and never looked back. As soon as her freshmen season was over, she went right back to the gym to get in the weight room and enhance her footwork, court awareness, speed and hands to make her more versatile in what she could do on the court. This hard work and dedication paid off as she was able to do things at a higher level and run our offense like a smooth machine that was one of the best offenses in the nation. We are so very proud of her and it is a great honor to be selected as Setter of the Year with the respect of, not only the Cowley community, but the KJCCC community as well.”
Freshman Iva Halacheva, who led the Lady Tigers with 475 kills while adding 99 digs and 46 service aces, also was named to both the all-conference and all-district first teams.
Sophomore Elina Zlateva (440 kills, 334 digs) was named second-team all-conference and all-district, and sophomore Hannah Vanriette (238 kills) joined Zlateva as a second-team all-conference selection.
Fellow sophomores Kadie Smith (294 kills, 95 digs) and Alejandra Delgado (573 digs, 88 service aces) received honorable mention all-conference.
“When you have a conference as strong as ours, with six to seven teams ranked in the top 25 each year and this year with six teams in the top 12, it makes for a tough voting for the coaches with all the talented players involved,” Gream said. “We were very blessed to have six players be so honored by the conference for their hard work during the season. Each one of these players would tell you that they could not have achieved these honors without their teammates. They are so humble and grateful for the recognition that they have received. We are so proud of them and their teammates, who made 2019 a wonderful season.”
Faith Simpson of Coffeyville was named Most Valuable Player, while Juliana Squire of Fort Scott was named Freshman of the Year. Rylie Barnum of Johnson County was named Libero of the Year.
Coach of the Year honors were shared by Coffeyville’s Delice Downing and Lindsey Hill of Fort Scott.
Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference
Most Valuable Player — Faith Simpson, Coffeyville.
Freshman of the Year — Juliana Squire, Fort Scott.
Setter of the Year — Caroline Foster, Cowley.
Libero of the Year — Rylie Barnum, Johnson County.
Co-Coach of the Year — Delice Downing, Coffeyville;
Lindsey Hill, Fort Scott.
Juliana SquireFort Scott
Dayana CharaCloud County
Mikayla PowellJohnson County
Second-team Setter — Sophie Mader, Fort Scott.
Second-team Libero — Danielle Dodge, Coffeyville.
Emelys MartinezCloud County
Gracie LaforgeJohnson County
Bailee SwansonFort Scott
Abbie Borough, Fort Scott; Abbie Casper, Fort Scott; Geralayn Palacious, Cloud County; Kadie Smith, Cowley; Alejandra Delgado, Cowley; Tara Mattingly, Kansas City; Jenna Devore, Neosho County; Abby Williams, Highland; Laia Jaca, Allen; Zoe Schmidt, Coffeyville.
Mikayla PowellJohnson County
Ryleigh BarnumJohnson County
Amilex Lopez-AyalaKansas City
Tara MattinglyKansas City
Kayla NeigenfindJohnson County
Taylor HarveyJohnson County