Player of the Year — Megan Theiller
School: John Jay
Position: Outside hitter
Vital stats: Theiller dominated Section 1 Class AA to finish her John Jay career as a sectional champion. In 22 matches leading up to the state semifinals, the all-section selection collected 510 kills, 466 digs, 42 blocks and 56 assists. Playing her best against the best competition, she totaled 40 kills and 55 digs combined in sweeping the sectional championship and regional finals matches.
Quotable: “She’s just the most — not only incredible athlete I’ve come across, she’s the most amazing person and teammate,” John Jay coach Kalah Lipinski said, noting her defensive prowess allows her to play in the middle when rotating to the back row. “She reads a hitter unlike anyone I’ve ever seen. She understands every angle.”
* “You can see, she’s the one who (says) ‘OK guys, don’t give up,'” Arlington coach Maria Greenwood said. “She’s the one who takes on the responsibility. She sold it to her teammates. They rallied around her.”
School: John Jay
Vital stats: The Patriots’ “rock” provided 610 assists, 126 digs, 200 service points, 36 kills and 18 blocks in 22 matches leading up to the state semifinals. In the sectional semifinals, finals and regional finals, she combined for 108 assists — topping 30 assists in each of the matches.
Quotable: “She’s my rock. Emotionally she can just take whatever is going on around her and just compartmentalize and put it away and get the job done,” John Jay coach Kalah Lipinski said. “She just knows. She knows what her hitters are capable of.”
Vital stats: The heart of the Blazers’ defense, Critelli broke her own program record for digs with 506, with 90 aces, 57 assists and 44 kills, en route to the Class C state finals.
Quotable: “The things she can do are amazing. She comes out of nowhere and she can get a touch (on the ball),” Millbrook coach Shawn Stoliker said, noting his team’s defense compensated for any offensive shortcomings. “Because we didn’t let the ball land on our side of the net very often, we were able to eventually end the rally with some kind of kill somehow.”
Vital stats: After missing most of the season with a fractured right fibula, Dignan returned in mid-October and changed the Blazers from a sectional hopeful to a Class C state finalist. In 10 matches, she totaled 260 assists, 112 digs and 43 kills.
Quotable: “Once Meredith got on the court, we became a different team,” Stoliker said. “(It) made people feel better. “She finally became a little bit more a part of the offense for us (after the injury). There were times in the playoffs when she was second-most on the team in kills, as a setter.”
Position: Setter/outside hitter
Vital stats: Serving as the Admirals’ primary setter for most of the season, the all-section selection led her team to the Section 1 Class AA semifinals with 445 assists, 222 digs and 122 kills in 72 games.
Quotable: “She’s a great, versatile player,” Arlington coach Maria Greenwood said. “She’s just a great leader. She always wanted to be a setter and that’s what she developed into.”
School: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Position: Outside hitter
Vital stats: A standout on both sides of the ball, Kelly was a driving force behind the Presidents reaching the Section 9 Class A championship, with a program-record 224 kills — breaking the previous mark by over 80 — to go with 52 aces and a serve-receive percentage of 96.
Quotable: “I named her captain this year. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. When we’re down, she always rallies the team back up,” Roosevelt coach Samantha Lowe said. “She knows where to read the other team. She knows where to put the ball down.”
Position: Outside hitter/middle hitter
Vital stats: En route to helping Haldane win the Class D state championship, playing against Section 1’s best teams regardless of size throughout, the all-Section 1 honoree accumulated 367 kills, 60 blocks and 172 digs in 66 games.
Quotable: “She works hard. She’s always willing to push herself to the next level, no matter what,” Haldane coach Melissa Rossano said. “She leads by example and she shows the girls, this is what you have to do to succeed.”
Haldane: Sara Chirico, Katie Cunningham
John Jay: Chelsea Barberan
Marlboro: Aubrey Bianco
Our Lady of Lourdes: Samantha Blanchfield
Spackenkill: Morgan Hoeft, Nur Sher
Arlington: Annie Berdar, Kate McDonald, Janine Patora, Brianna Ryan, Jamie Stevens
Beacon: Irina Alekseeva, Leandra Echi, Cyan Vazquez
Dover: Kayla Dale, Cassandra Drogan, Sara Regan
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Sarah Hof, Sabrina Volino
John Jay: Madylen Barberan, Kellyanne Cherry, Halley Dewey, Samantha Fitzgerald, Taylor Luzzi
Marlboro: Angelica DeSantis, Olivia Morehead
Millbrook: Kayla Gusikoff, Brittany Keenan, Audrey Ouimet, Alex Worthington
New Paltz: Caroline Aurigemma, Lea Jones
Our Lady of Lourdes: Natalie Ciccone, Briana Garnot
Pawling: Ashley Loeven, Clara Lombardo, Jaclyn Smith
Poughkeepsie: Shana Martin, Nina Scott
Red Hook: Sophie Akoundi, Cassidy Murray, Morgan Schultz, Adriana Spucches
Rhinebeck: Olivia Brandt, Meagan Cauda, Bailey Hutchins, Taylor Russell, Samantha Sherwood
Roy C. Ketcham: Gina Feeney, Allison Savidge, Rachel Tierney
Spackenkill: Brianna McKee, Taylor Mohan
Webutuck: Courtney Spaulding
Coach of the Year
School: John Jay
Vital stats: Lipinski’s Patriots completed the transformation into a top program this season, winning the Section 1 Class AA title, reaching the state semifinals with a 22-1 record, including matches against every member of the section’s “power league,” and becoming the first Section 1 Class AA team to win a game at the semifinals.
Quotable: “She had a great team, not just Megan (Theiller),” Our Lady of Lourdes coach Emily Krieger said. “John Jay was a great defensive team.”
* “She runs, not a complicated offense, but one that could isolate Megan (Theiller) to the best of her ability,” Roy C. Ketcham coach Dan Pampalone said. “(Theiller) gets a lot of single-block looks. That was Kalah.”