Girls Varsity Volleyball
Senior Gabby Genth was honored as Most Valuable Player of 2019 Columbus North volleyball team at the squad’s season-ending awards program on Thursday (Nov. 14) in the Large Group Instruction Room.
Genth, a5-8 right-side hitter, totaled 101 kills with a .122 hitting efficiency in helping the Bull Dogs to an 8-17 season that included a 2-3 mark in Conference Indiana. Genth also notched 31 blocks and 43 digs.
Others recognized from the varsity level during the program were sophomore Sarah Bennett, junior Madison White, senior Lauren Opalka, junior Emma Derringer and junior Kathryn Rayburn. Those cited from the JV team were sophomore Grace Chapman, freshman Emma Burns and sophomore Nya Davis.
Bennett, a 6-0 middle hitter, was presented the team’s Bull Dog Award. Bennett tallied 126 kills with a .171 hitting efficiency. She also provided 45 blocks, 34 digs and 19 service aces.
White, a 5-11 middle hitter, was honored with the Most Improved Award. White totaled 65 kills with an .080 hitting efficiency. She also had a team-best 46 blocks.
Opalka, a 5-5 outside hitter and defensive specialist, received the Perseverance Award. Opalka totaled nine kills, three digs and eight service aces while playing in just four matches because of injury.
Derringer and Rayburn shared the Jolie Crider Award for upperclassmen mental attitude.
Chapman, a 5-4 defensive specialist, was named MVP of a junior varsity squad that went 7-12 for the season. Burns, a 5-6 setter, received the Casey Cooley Award for underclassmen mental attitude. Davis, a 5-7 middle hitter, was the winner of the JV Most Improved Award.
Earlier, Genth and Bennett were voted first-team all-Conference Indiana while sophomore Reagan Kane was selected honorable mention all-conference.
In addition, seniors Jalynn Reardon, Emma Tynan and Grace Whaley were recognized as Academic All-State by the Indiana High School Volleyball Coaches Association. Honorees for the academic award must have a 3.5 or better GPA on a 4.0 scale, plus either an 1100 or better on the SAT or 24 or better on the ACT.
Genth, Opalka, junior Ava McKinney and junior Madi Roop were recognized as team captains.
Fourteen participants received varsity letters. They included seniors Carley Finke, Gabby Genth, Lauren Opalka, Jalynn Reardon, Emma Tynan, and Kate Whaley; juniors Ava McKinney, Kathryn Rayburn, Madi Roop and Madison White; and sophomores Sarah Bennett, Sydney Cooper, Emma Derringer and Reagan Kane.
Recognized as JV players were junior Addie Risley, sophomores Grace Chapman, Nya Davis, Sydney Donica, Emma Martin and Paige Osbourne; and freshmen Harley Anderson, Alaina Baker, Grace Barkes, Rylie Boezeman, Logan Branstetter, Emma Burns, Alexys Murray, Elizabeth Rayburn and Moana Steele.
PHOTO: Senior Gabby Genth (18) was named MVP of the 2019 Columbus North volleyball team. She totaled 101 kills, 31 blocks and 43 digs for the season.