After three months of constant volleyball each and every day the Wayne Warrior Volleyball team was honored with two post season award winners.
Senior’s Stefanie Doran and Taylor Herzer were honored by both GWOC and the District 15 Coaches association. Both received Honorable Mention by both groups and both players had their own challenges throughout the season. Statistically speaking, both held their own in GWOC, and were constantly at the top of the leader board throughout the season in different categories.
Stefanie Doran, simply put, is a “coaches’ dream” stated Coach John Herzer. She is always my hardest worker, extremely focused and seeks perfection with each and every practice. She is never satisfied with her play and is a perfect role model for my under classmen. Her hustle and continued desire for improvement easily separates her from other players in GWOC. Stef isn’t the type of leader to get in your face to challenge you, she leads by example. Her teammates notice her. Just watch her pass and she has almost perfect form each and every time. Probably the biggest compliment she was given is that teams just served away from her. She is my diminutive5’2’’ Libero, and that is a physically demanding position. She excels at it and her numbers prove it game after game. Stefanie finished number two in GWOC with 297 digs, 5,03 digs per game and was second in serve receive passing with 818 points. She had a 2.49 passer rating (out of 3). Stef was able to accomplish all of these numbers while missing 20% of the season dealing with an illness that ultimately had her hospitalized at the end of the year. She was the primary reason we could set up offense as well as we did. Stef is the perfect role model as a student athlete as she excels in the classroom as well. She maintains a 4.275 GPA along with playing club volleyball.
Taylor was recognized as well as she switched her position for the third straight year for Wayne. She was our primary setter this year, a position she honestly had no desire to do when summer practices started. Taylor wants to do what all 5’10’’ volleyball players want to do and that is hit stated Coach and Father John Herzer. Plus she had the added pressure of having her Dad be her coach. The added bonus is that she is a lefty and we quickly taught her to use that to her advantage. Taylor is not the most athletically gifted setter in GWOC, but once you see her set, it’s really a thing of beauty. She has such quiet hands and she has one of the sneakiest dump sets that I have seen this year. She just paralyzes opponents with it. She really enjoys just watching her opponents freeze when she does. By the time the ball hits the floor you can just watch the other teams look at one another. Taylor led our team with 293 assists which was 11th in GWOC, she was sixth in GWOC with a kill efficiency of .600. She had 47 kills with only 10 swinging errors on the year. She was my team leader in blocks with 27. One stat that is really just impressive is that Taylor set or swung at 97.5 % of our kills this year. Taylor also excels in the classroom with a 4.051 GPA.
These two players were the two that really were mentioned by other coaches on a regular basis after matches. Some of my other players were just as deserving I thought but when you get noticed by the other coaches that is when you get recognition.
Wayne also had six girls recognized by GWOC on the All Academic Team and they were Kellie Sacksteder, Sydney Nystrom, Mackenzie Logan and Alessia Baker along with the two mentioned above.
Five of the six were also recognized by the District 15 Coaches’ Association as All Academic Team.
My senior class, “Boy, I’m not sure I could be any prouder of them as student athlete. My six seniors average over a 4.0 and I don’t think there is another big school that can say that. Especially with the fact there are six of them. We may not have ended up with the record we had hoped for but I thought we were competitive in most of our matches this year.