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Cast your vote: Who would be Southwest Florida’s Volleyball Player of the Year if the season concluded today?

As we approach playoff time of the highschool volleyball season, several players have stood out from the remaining. At the tip of the season, The News-Press and the Naples Each day News will select a Volleyball Player of the 12 months for Southwest Florida. Nonetheless, if the season were to finish today, who do you choose because the Player of the 12 months? Let’s put it to a vote. Voting ends at noon on Friday.


Player of the 12 months Nominees:

Kate Drasba, Gulf Coast – The senior has made an actual impact this season, posting 205 kills, 189 digs, and 36 aces for the Sharks, who’re 15-6 in 2023.

Kerrigan Habing, Bishop Verot – Habing has had a breakout senior season for the Vikings to date, propelling Verot to an 18-5 record. For the season, Habing has 286 kills, a hitting percentage of .325, 52 aces, 118 digs, and 20 blocks.

Alexa Haley, Seacrest Country Day – One in all the realm’s top liberos continues to be really solid this season, posting 230 digs over 52 sets for Seacrest (13.5 digs per match). Committed to FGCU, Haley has also added 20 aces, 21 assists, and a kill for the Stingrays.

Aaliyah Harlow, Canterbury – The libero does just a little little bit of all the things for Canterbury, leading the team with 276 digs while also adding 67 assists and 30 aces. The Cougars are 13-8 this season.

Aisha Keric, Barron Collier – Arguably the realm’s best player, Keric has 241 kills through 57 sets played (4.2 kills/set), a kill percentage of 63.3 percent, a hitting percentage of .540, 33 aces, and 30 blocks as Barron Collier is 14-4.

Sofia King, Estero – After splitting time in a 6-2 earlier this yr, King leads the team in assists, with 379. The dynamic junior also has 17 blocks on the yr for John Ban’s Wildcats.

Milena Lopez, Seacrest Country Day – In her first yr as a full-time setter, Lopez is second in Southwest Florida with 547 assists, averaging 10.5 assists per set. Lopez has added 42 kills, 27 aces, 24 blocks, and 74 digs to assist Seacrest win 15 of its first 17 games.

Kelly McAuley, Community School – McAuley has emerged this yr as a lethal outside hitter, posting 246 kills to go together with 193 digs as Community School is 16-5 this season.

Trinity McCormick, Community School – McCormick has burst onto the scene as the realm’s leading setter, posting 567 assists and 25 aces. McCormick’s total ranks ninth statewide, as CSN is sitting in solid position with a 16-5 record this season.

Marissa Peck, Bishop Verot – Committed to Spring Hill College for beach volleyball, Peck leads Verot with 269 digs, while adding 67 assists and 32 aces because the Vikings sit with an 18-5 record with one week to go until districts.

Marina Rau, Gulf Coast – One other player who’s doing just a little little bit of all the things, Rau has 301 assists, 61 kills, 29 aces, and 16 blocks this season for John Alvarez and Gulf Coast, helping them to a top 100 rating statewide.

Lizzy Robinson, Community School – Robinson has stepped into the libero spot well for the Seahawks, leading the team with 328 digs and 33 aces to date.

Gia Rosencrans, Estero – Rosencrans recently took the college record for blocks in a season, with 38. The senior middle has 154 kills, a 44.5 percent kill percentage, and a .367 hitting percentage because the Wildcats are in prime position to make a deep postseason run.

Brighten Sedmack, Canterbury – Sedmack has stepped up in a giant way this season, leading the team with 174 kills, a .268 hitting percentage, 125 digs, and 12 aces for the Cougars.

Sami Soderlund, Seacrest Country Day – The junior hitter is leading the Stingrays in kills (194), hitting percentage (.372), kill percentage (48.1%), and aces (36) through 52 sets played (3.7 kills/set). Soderlund also has 78 digs and 20 blocks to assist Seacrest to a 15-2 begin to 2023.

Brooke Spurgeon, Seacrest Country Day – The Nova Southeastern commit continues to do all the things for the Stingrays, posting 176 kills, a .325 hitting percentage, 32 aces, 116 digs, and 15 blocks.

Zara Stewart, First Baptist – Stewart’s versatility is arguably second to none, because the Grand Canyon beach volleyball commit has 227 kills, 205 digs, 47 aces, and 177 service receptions this season because the Lions currently have a 16-3 record. Stewart has played 51 of 59 total sets, giving her a kills per set average of 4.5.

Casey Williams, Gulf Coast – Williams continues to be a key piece for the Sharks, because the senior libero has 292 digs, 53 assists, and 51 aces, which ranks second in Collier County.

Ava Zehnder, Barron Collier – Zehnder has 511 assists on the season to date, averaging 9.0 per set for the Cougars. The senior also has 36 aces, 31 kills, 119 digs, and seven blocks.

Olivia Znotens, Riverdale – Znotens continues to be an issue in Lee County, leading the county with 351 kills while adding 5.5 kills per set, a .299 hitting percentage, 196 digs, 20 blocks, and 13 aces to assist Riverdale to an 11-9 record to date.


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