Player of the Year
Gena Hlavinka Wootton, Senior, Middle hitter
Hlavinka emerged in her senior season to become one of the most complete middle hitters in Montgomery County. After committing to play at St. Mary’s (Md.) College at the start of the season, Hlavinka went on to average 12.4 kills, 3.1 blocks and 1.6 aces per match, and helped lead the Patriots to their first appearance in the state final since
Coach of the Year
Karen Kart Good Counsel, Fifth year
Playing the toughest schedule in Montgomery County, Kart led her Falcons against all comers. Using a taxing practice regimen to prepare her players, and then trusting their skills in tight contests, Kart has amassed a 50-3 record over the last two years. This season, Kart led Good Counsel to not only its second consecutive WCAC title, but made sure the Falcons did not drop a game in a league match.
Jenny Better, Poolesville, Jr. S
Emotional sparkplug for the Falcons kept multiple hitters happy as they went undefeated in the regular season and made it to a regional semifinal.
Brighid Casey, Good Counsel, Jr. S
With arguably the most potent lineup in Montgomery County around her, Casey never faltered in finding the hot hand, averaging 10.3 assists per game for the WCAC champs.
Alex Coleman, Magruder, Sr. MH
In just her second year as a starter, Coleman assumed the role of chief hitter and blocker for the Colonels, and led the squad in hitting.
Kerry Collins, Sherwood, Sr. S
The lone holdover from the 2006 4A state champs, Collins used her experience to steady a young team. After the Warriors started the season 0-4, they finished strong thanks to Collins, who led them back into the playoffs with wins in seven of their last nine matches.
Elissa Goeke, Stone Ridge, Sr. OH
Goeke left her mark on the Gators’ record books, becoming the school’s career leader in kills, with 181 this season, as well as aces. She helped Stone Ridge to advance to the ISL AA semifinals for the first time, as well as a berth in the MD/DC Private School tournament.
Arielle Goldberg, Damascus, Sr. S
A year after earning All-Gazette honors alongside hitter Kailee May, Goldberg was just as effective without her. She also emerged as a vocal team leader for the Hornets, helping them earn the top seed in the 3A West Region playoffs.
Bianca Livioco, Gaithersburg, Soph. L
In just her second varsity season, Livioco has become the prototypical libero, showing an ability to change games with her defensive play. She is also deadly behind the service line, emerging as the Trojans’ most consistent weapon.
Hunter Schallhorn, Blake, Jr. OH/MH
Schallhorn emerged as a complete player this season, leading Blake with 99 kills, 38 aces and 161 digs, and helping the Bengals to the 4A West Region final.
Becky West, Good Counsel, Jr. OH
A year after losing two-time All-Gazette first-teamer Jessica Emanuele, the Falcons benefited from the rocket arm of West, who averaged almost six kills per game in helping the Falcons to an undefeated season in the WCAC.
Meghan Ball, Stone Ridge, Sr., S; Samantha Bonturi, Damascus, Jr., OH; Jennifer Chen, Wootton, Jr., S; Rosie Eck, B-CC, Jr., MH; Jacqueline Erb, Gaithersburg, Sr., S; Lee Geiser, B-CC, Jr., H/S; Lauren Green, Seneca Valley, Sr., OH; Rachel Malinauskas, Wootton, Sr., OH; Stephani Schaper, Magruder, Sr., L; Paige Sekerak, Poolesville, Fr., OH