Spikefest showcases Tri-State volleyball senior stars

December 07, 2007|By DAN KAUFFMAN

The Tri-State area's best high school senior volleyball players will take the floor at Grace Academy on Saturday night for the second annual All-Star Spikefest.

The Spikefest - hosted by the Tri-State FCA Volleyball Club and sponsored by Younger Toyota - is a final opportunity for seniors to show off their skills, with several college coaches likely to be in attendance.

"I think it's going to be a fun year. This is probably the most talent we've seen in a senior class in a few years," Tri-State FCA chairman Chip Zimmer said. "It's always exciting to see all the West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania kids together. They rarely see each other outside of club ball, so it's neat to bring them all together to strut their stuff."

The festivities start at 6 p.m. with the Washington County Eighth Grade All-Star Game, followed by the High School All-Star Game at 8. Tickets are $5.


Two changes have been made to the format. First, the high school match will be a best-of-5 match - last year it was decided beforehand that the teams would play five games regardless of results. Second, instead of using geography to divide the teams, they were selected to try to make them as even as possible.

As a result, several schools - such as Williamsport, with Hailee Growden and Katie Koontz on the Antietam Team and Christine Barnes and Lindsay Kneisley on the Potomac Team - will have teammates actually playing against each other in a neat twist.

"Last year we did it geographically and it didn't go very well, they weren't real even teams," Zimmer said. "This year, we tried to get it as even as we can and split kids up from the same high schools. We want them to get to know each other a bit and get to know people they've never played with before."

As usual with showcase-style events, the biggest challenge for the coaches will be juggling lineups and giving everyone an opportunity.

"It's a little bit of a balancing act," said Jefferson coach Shan Sell, who will coach the Potomac squad. "I've got two lineups, so we'll alternate throughout. If we get to a fifth game, we'll do our best, but we want everybody to get a chance to show their skills and have a good time.

"It's an honor to be involved in this and allowing these seniors to go out one last time in front of parents, family and friends. Chip does a great job contacting colleges to come out. It's a nice showcase to go out with a happy ending. The quality of volleyball speaks for itself."

Second annual All-Star Spikefest

Saturday at Grace Academy

Eighth Grade Game at 6 p.m.; High School Game at 8

High School All-Star Game rosters

Antietam Team

Coaches: Ann Reynolds, Leah Easterday (Mercersburg)

Emily Ahalt OH Broadfording

Hannah Boward S North Hagerstown

Lauren Cox DS Grace Academy

Katie Frelin S Chambersburg

Tara Garver S Boonsboro

Hailee GrowdenOHWilliamsport

Courtney Jessell MH Chambersburg

Katie Koontz MH Williamsport

Katie Lutz MH Greencastle

Rebecca Morgan OH Grace Academy

Chelsea Wheaton S Musselman

Kate Zimmer MH North Hagerstown

Potomac Team

Coaches: Shan Sell (Jefferson), Bobby Mongan

Christine Barnes S Williamsport

Jenn Bowlus DS North Hagerstown

Kortney Eshleman S Greencastle

Katie Gantz MH Boonsboro

Lindsay Hadley OH Hedgesville

Gillian Hollen MH Waynesboro

Justine Howe OH Chambersburg

Brittany Hyatt S South Hagerstown

Katie Kees MH Musselman

Lindsey Kneisley S Williamsport

Heather LoweryMHSt. James

Cree Riley MH Mercersburg

Washington County Eighth Grade All-Star Game

North All-Stars

Coaches: Lisa Jernigan and Lou Bachtell (Smithsburg)

Rebecca Amalfitano Northern

Logan Bachtell Smithsburg

Autumn Fisher Northern

Mollie Johnson Northern

Brynn Kirsch Western Heights

Alexa Mills Clear Spring

Lorna Mullins Clear Spring

Jillian Reid Western Heights

Sarah Shives Smithsburg

Bethany Stavrakas Smithsburg

South All-Stars

Coach: Amanda Frew (Boonsboro)

Renee Barnes Springfield

Ariah Giles Springfield

Amanda Hall Grace Academy

Anne Hunt Broadfording

Kelsey Koontz Grace Academy

Katie Lum Boonsboro

Amber Myers Boonsboro

Summer Neff Springfield

Tiffany Rohrer Boonsboro

Pricilla Wall Broadfording

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