Manor's kills terminated all opposition

December 13, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

If Musselman's Erica Manor was a movie hero -- or villain, if you were one of the unfortunate souls who had to play against her -- she could most aptly be described as "The Terminator."

When the Applemen went to her, the odds were very good the point would be terminated -- and in the long run, so would be their opponent.

"Everybody knew where the ball was going when she was in the front row, and they still couldn't stop her," Musselman coach Shawn Martz said. "Very rarely did they slow her down."

With their star outside hitter dominating opponents to the tune of a ridiculous 6.28 kills per game, the Applemen won their first West Virginia Class AAA state title in any girls sport. Manor went on to be named the West Virginia Player of the Year by the state writer's association.


Manor is The Herald-Mail's 2008 All-Area Volleyball Player of the Year.

"We set her a lot. That is a pretty incredible stat for a high school player. We've never had anyone close to that average," said Martz, who for his efforts is The Herald-Mail's 2008 Volleyball Coach of the Year. "She's been an incredibly dominant player for us at the net."

Musselman reached the Class AAA final in 2007, but lost All-Area First Team middle hitter Katie Kees and First Team setter Chelsea Wheaton to graduation. There was some question whether the Applemen would have the same success this year.

Manor's right arm -- with a little help from her teammates -- emphatically answered that question with a resounding yes, over and over. Musselman was undefeated in best-of-5 matches and edged Ripley in five games for the state title.

"It feels amazing," Manor said. "I've been at states three times. My first year we lost in the quarters, and the next year we made it to the finals and came up just short, so it feels amazing to finally win it.

"I felt like we have to push a little harder because we lost so many great players. I have to give (setter) Kayla (Johns) so much credit for stepping up. We were on the same club team, so that's how we started getting going."

Manor was practically unheard of before her junior year, but her rise was swift. She led the Applemen with her 5.58 kills per game last year and only got better this year.

"Goiung into my sophomore year, I didn't know much about volleyball and Coach Martz taught me so much and it feels great to know I've progressed so far," said Manor, who will attend Division I Liberty University on a full scholarship. "I'm so excited. I cannot wait to get there. Everyone there was so welcoming and so nice, and the campus is just great. I'm still very focused and determined to get to my highest potential."

"It's been a meteoric rise for her since last year," Martz said. "She really didn't start playing club volleyball until before her junior year. For a kid to be that dominant with that little experience is a pretty unique situation."

Joining Manor on the Herald-Mail All-Area First Team are:

Lexi Arnold
Chambersburg's senior outside hitter averaged 3.36 kills, 3.43 digs and 0.89 aces per game and was the Mid-Penn Commonwealth Player of the Year.

Cayla Broadwater
Williamsport's senior middle hitter led Washington County with her averages of 4.20 kills and 1.53 blocks, and was an MVAL Antietam first-team selection.

A'leese Dickerson

McConnellsburg's junior middle hitter averaged 4.02 kills, 0.72 blocks, 1.67 digs and 0.80 aces per game and made the Sideling Hill League first team.

Danielle DuBois
Broadfording's junior defensive specialist averaged an area-best 6.43 digs and 0.83 aces per game and earned MVP honors for the Mason Dixon Christian Conference, the Maryland Christian State Tournament and the McConnellsburg Tournament.

Brooke Fritts
Musselman's senior defensive speecialist averaged 4.02 digs per game and was selected to the West Virginia Class AAA writers' and Apple Valley League first teams.

Amanda Jenkins
Clear Spring's senior outside hitter averaged 3.76 kills and 3.47 digs per game and earned MVAL Antietam first-team honors.

Kayla Johns
Musselman's senior setter led the area with 9.80 assists per game, added 0.75 aces and was an Apple Valley League first-team honoree.

Krystal Leasure
James Buchanan's senior outside hitter averaged 3.05 kills and 3.42 digs per game and was a Mid-Penn Capital first-team selection.

Ashlyn Rebok
Chambersburg's senior setter also spent some time at the outside hitter spot and averaged 3.31 assists, 1.68 kills, 1.87 digs and 0.57 blocks per game, earning Mid-Penn Commonwealth first-team honors.

Sara Rishell
Smithsburg's sophomore middle hitter averaged 3.50 kills and 1.25 blocks per game and made the MVAL Antietam first team.

Katey Sheehan
Hedgesville's senior outside hitter averaged 3.04 kills and 2.61 digs per game and was a West Virginia Class AAA writers' second-team and Apple Valley League first-team selection.

All-Area Volleyball Second Team

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