ROSE, FRANKLIN, JOHNSON GAIN ALL-LEAGUE!
By William for www.mcpherson-county-ks.com
LINDSBORG – Recently three Smoky Valley volleyball players were given the honor of being named to the All-Central Kansas League Post-Season Team with one even earning mention on an all-state team as well.
Lady Viking Abby Rose, just a sophomore, not only earned first-team all-league, she was also named honorable mention for the Kansas Volleyball Association’s Class 3A All-State team.
Smoky Valley was represented on the second-team all-league list by junior Bri Franklin, while fellow junior Lady Viking, McKinley Johnson made all-league honorable mention.
When you consider that the Lady Vikings finished their 2019 season with a 24-15 overall record while being 8-2 in league play, and then combine that with the fact that all three Lady Vikings earning all-league mention will be returning in the fall of 2020, Smoky Valley Head Coach Sharlene Ramsey may just be already counting down the days to next season.
Here is a brief look at the three Lady Viking honorees:
- A sophomore Middle Hitter who has played all six rotations for the Lady Vikings.
- 1st Team All-Central Kansas League for 2019.
- Honorable Mention 2019 Class 3A All-State by the Kansas Volleyball Association.
- Scored 49 aces, earned a .346 hitting efficiency on 257 kills, had 230/24 errors in serve receives, recorded 87 blocks of which 28 were solo and 59 were assisted and scored 84% serving (316 out of 367 attempts with 51 errors).
- 2019 was her second year on the varsity.
- Her 87 blocks in 2019 ranks second all-time in school history since 2004.
- Her 257 kills in 2019 ranks fourth all-time in school history since 2004.
- In 2018 she recorded 80 blocks which ranks fourth all-time in school history since 2004.
- Coach Ramsey when asked about Abby Rose noted, “Abby brings a level of energy to the team that no other player does. It’s obvious her love for the game and for her teammates. Abby hits the ball as a middle hitter with great force and placement. Abby started varsity for us as a freshman and because of her time on the court last season, this season was an incredible one for her. Abby prepares for each game by watching video on the opponent and mapping out their defense and offense. Not too many players invest that kind of time in high school. What’s exciting is that we have two more years with Abby at Smoky Valley.”
- A junior Middle Hitter for the Lady Vikings.
- 2nd Team All-Central Kansas League for 2019.
- Scored 36 aces, earned a .376 hitting efficiency on 194 kills, recorded 94 blocks with 30 of those solo and 64 assisted, and scored 83% serving (204 of 246 attempts with 42 errors).
- 2019 was her third year on varsity.
- Her 94 blocks in 2019 ranks second all-time in school history since 2004.
- In 2018 she recorded 99 blocks which ranks first all-time in school history since 2004.
- Coach Sharlene Ramsey when asked about Bri Franklin, commented, “Bri is one of the most steady and dependable players we have on our roster. She plays very level-headed and sees the court with such a purposeful eye. Her volleyball IQ is high, and she loves the strategy of the game. Bri is a solid blocker and hitter in the middle position and can also make a solid pass on serve receive. Bri had the opportunity to play varsity as a freshman towards the end of that season and that experience has benefitted her greatly.”
- A junior Setter for the 2019 Lady Vikings.
- Honorable Mention All-Central Kansas League for 2019.
- Scored 41 aces, had 104 Digs, marked for 387 assists in a 6-2 system on 957 attempts, recorded 16 Kills, and scored 95% Serving (442 attempts with 22 errors).
- 2019 was her second season on varsity.
- Her 387 assists in 2019 ranks sixth all-time in school history since 2004.
- Her 95% serve percentage in 2019 ranks eighth all-time in school history since 2004.
- Her 96% serve percentage in 2018 ranks seventh all-time in school history since 2004.
- When asked about McKinley Johnson, Coach Sharlene Ramsey said, “McKinley started varsity her sophomore year and as a junior this year it was obvious the growth that had occurred with her from a year ago. McKinley is a smart player and as a setter, she understands the game extremely well and makes solid decisions on the court. She allows us to run a variety of offensive plays because she can handle the speed of the game and the strategy that’s involved.”
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