Mayfield's Nicole Little and Canajoharie's Shyanna Logan were named to the first team on the recently announced Western Athletic Conference volleyball all-star team.
Saratoga Central Catholic senior Natalie Pikus was named the WAC's Most Valuable Player and also earned the MVP award for the WAC North Division.
Schoharie senior Ally Blyth was chosen as the WAC South Division MVP and the South Division MVP Hitter.
Mayfield’s Nicole Little (1) drives the ball over the net against Galway’s Adrianna Watrobski (8) as Chelsea Cucci (11) and Emily Zawisa (12) back up the play during a Sept. 24 match at Mayfield High School. Little recently was named a first-team Western Athletic Conference North Division all-star. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Galway senior Hayley Martin was selected as the WAC North Division MVP Hitter, while Galway sophomore Brittany Orminski was chosen the WAC North Defensive MVP.
Berne-Knox-Westerlo senior Kaitlind Horlacher was chosen as the WAC South Defensive MVP. Galway sophomore Emily Orminski was named the North Division Setter MVP, while Berne-Knox-Westerlo's Gabriella Audino was named the South Division Setter MVP.
Galway won the North Division title with a 12-1 record in WAC play. Saratoga Catholic was second with an 11-2 league mark, while Mayfield was third at 9-4, Canajoharie (5-8) was fourth and Fort Plain (2-11) was fifth.
Schoharie (11-2) won the WAC South Division title, while Galway won the WAC Tournament title.
Little, a senior middle hitter, was selected as the team's co-MVP after posting 136 kills, 57 digs and 45 aces this season. Little also served at a success rate of 93 percent for the Lady Panthers and had 125 successful serve receives (82 percent).
"Nicole [Little] is an all-around player. Her biggest asset to us as our big hitter and blocker, effective and solid back row player too," Mayfield coach Eileen Rovito said. "She's a serious athlete who leads her team with her personal work ethic, commitment, and versatile talents."
Logan, a junior outside hitter, led Canajoharie in kills and aces with 80 and 50, respectively. She also finished with 64 digs.
Pikus, Martin and Emily Orminski also were named to the North Division first team along with Saratoga Catholic senior Meghan McDonough.
Horlacher, Blyth, Audino were named South Division first team along with Schoharie senior Brianna Borst, Duanesburg senior Rebecca Gallup and Mekeel Christian Academy senior Janie Frank.
Mayfield senior Karissa Morey, Fort Plain junior Shawna Cotton and Canajoharie senior Abbey Dearwester were named second-team all-stars.
Morey shared Mayfield team MVP honors with Little after leading the team with 121 assists. Morey also finished with 61 kills and 57 digs. She served at an 89 percent clip with 254 successful serves and 48 aces.
"Karissa [Morey] was our rock and absolutely our most versatile player. She was one of the best setters in the league, but was also an efficient hitter and one of the best passers on our team," Rovito said. "I am proud of both of these girls for their talents and accomplishments as well as the fact that they led a fairly young and inexperienced team with confidence and great team spirit. They will certainly be missed next season."
Dearwester registered 44 kills, 29 digs and 20 aces for the Lady Cougars this season.
Also named to the North Division second team were Saratoga Catholic senior Erin Thornton, Galway sophomore Emily Zawisa and Saratoga Catholic senior Sierra Matthews.
Middleburgh had seniors Carissa Miller, Shyla Hinkley and Shania Marotta named second-team South Division all-stars. Rounding out the South Division second-team all-stars were Schoharie senior Sierra Diamond, Duanesburg sophomore Rachel Gamache and Berne-Knox-Westerlo senior Danielle Hubbard.
Western Athletic Conference Volleyball All-Stars
Overall MVP: Natalie Pikus (Saratoga Catholic)
South Division MVP: Ally Blyth (Schoharie)
North Division MVP: Natalie Pikus (Saratoga Catholic)
MVP Hitter South Division: Ally Blyth (Schoharie)
MVP Hitter North Division: Hayley Martin (Galway)
MVP Defense South Division: Kaitlind Horlacher (Berne-Knox-Westerlo)
MVP Defense North Division: Brittany Orminski (Galway)
MVP Setter South Division: Gabriella Audino (Berne-Knox-Westerlo)
MVP Setter North Division: Emily Orminski (Galway)
Natalie Pikus (Saratoga Catholic), Meghan McDonough (Saratoga Catholic), Hayley Martin (Galway), Emily Orminski (Galway), Nicole Little (Mayfield), Shyanna Logan (Canajoharie)
Karissa Morey (Mayfield), Erin Thornton (Saratoga Catholic), Shawna Cotton (Fort Plain), Abbey Dearwester (Canajoharie), Sierra Matthews (Saratoga Catholic), Emily Zawisa (Galway)
Ally Blyth (Schoharie), Brianna Borst (Schoharie), Rebecca Gallup (Duanesburg), Gabriella Audino (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), Kaitlind Horlacher (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), Janie Frank (Mekeel Christian)
Sierra Diamond (Schoharie), Rachel Gamache (Duanesburg), Danielle Hubbard (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), Carissa Miller (Middleburgh), Shyla Hinkley (Middleburgh), Shania Marotta (Middleburgh)