Jake Adams' picks for the 2017 All-Sentinel Girls Volleyball Team, including Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, First Team and Honorable Mention selections.
2017 All-Sentinel Girls Volleyball Team: Player of the Year
Emma Grever, sr., OH, Cumberland Valley — When coaches were polled for their input on who belonged on the First Team, few players got as much recognition, and none got as many nods for MVP, as Grever. The future Middle Tennessee State attacker was a force on perennial playoff contending CV, recording 191 kills on the season, among the best in the Mid-Penn. She was also near the top of the list with 48 aces and chipped in 13 blocks and 40 digs. Grever, a gym rat and perfectionist who led the Eagles to a District 3 Class 4A third-place finish, is an all-around NCAA Division I talent and was All-Sentinel First Team last year as a junior.
From coach Jackie Orner: "I think she's a great example of hard work paying off. When she was in MS, she wanted to learn everything she could and always challenged herself to try to get better. ... I don't want to call it self-doubt [let's call it perfectionism], but she continues to challenge herself to be better whenever she takes the court. She doesn't want to let the team down. She's a great go-to, she's a great team player, and she has a pretty bright future ahead of her, with her determination. ... The day after we lost in states last year she saw my car."
2017 All-Sentinel Girls Volleyball Team: Coach of the Year
Jackie Orner, Cumberland Valley — Almost always a contender for this position, Orner once again led the Eagles on a deep postseason run. While CV was stunned in the Mid-Penn Championships by Palmyra, the eighth-year coach still guided the squad to an unbeaten regular season (14-0, 14-0), a Mid-Penn Commonwealth crown and a District 3 Class 4A third-place finish. The Eagles (18-3 overall) also went 9-0 at home, including tournament play. They fell to District 7 and PIAA champ North Allegheny in the first round of states.
2017 All-Sentinel Girls Volleyball Team: First Team
Jenna Bittinger, sr., OH, Northern — Bittinger's numbers at the net (112 kills) bely how important she was for the Polar Bears. The senior also had 32 aces and 125 digs and is well-regarded among Mid-Penn coaches, even outside the Capital Division, where she was Co-Capital MVP for the second-place Polar Bears. All-Sentinel First Team last year as a junior.
Aiden Finegan, sr., OPP, Trinity — Finegan was the other Co-Capital MVP this year, breaking out with a big season to help the division champion Shamrocks. Finegan recorded a division-leading 213 kills and paired that with 51 blocks, 37 aces and 35 digs for one of the few Sentinel-area teams to make the District 3 tournament.
Sadie Doss, jr., MH/OH, Mechanicsburg — The Wildcats may have struggled, but Doss did a bit of everything this year. She finished the year with 141 kills and 29 aces, establishing herself as a young weapon on offense. But she also helped on defense with 220 digs, among the best in the Mid-Penn Keystone, and 13 blocks.
Noelle Chavey, sr., MH, Trinity — An all-state selection in the past, Chavey improved nearly across the board in 2017 with the Shamrocks' tough offense. She had 143 kills to pair with 58 blocks, slightly off last year's mark but still among the area's best. All-Sentinel Honorable Mention last year as a junior.
Brynlee Brenneman, jr., S, Northern — A few others might have had more assists, but Brenneman quarterbacked a potent Polar Bears attack better than others at her position. For the District 3 Class 3A qualifying squad she recorded 318 assists and 49 aces. She also added 25 kills and 59 digs. All-Sentinel Honorable Mention last year as a sophomore.
Jensen Haas, jr., L, Trinity — Quality liberos were not hard to come by this year (CV's Ali Miller, Carlisle's Hannah Seburn) but Haas gets the nod as one of the area's best pure passes. With 370 digs, and 53 aces, few defensive specialists provided the same kind of pass-serve threat she did. Instrumental in the Shamrocks' run to District 3 Class 2A semis. All-Sentinel Honorable Mention last year as a sophomore.
2017 All-Sentinel Girls Volleyball Team: Honorable Mention
Megan Emlet, sr., OH, Big Spring; Aly Roberts, sr., S, Big Spring; Bailey Auchey, sr., L, Big Spring; Onnika Goshorn, jr., MH, Boiling Springs; Hannah Seburn, sr., L, Carlisle; Eiyanna Regis, sr., MB, Carlisle; Maggie Myers, jr., OH, Cedar Cliff; Natalie Uibel, fr., OH, Cedar Cliff; Ali Miller, jr., L, Cumberland Valley; Sophie Rice, sr., MH/OPP, Cumberland Valley; Hanna Cordle, jr., OH, Cumberland Valley; Kara Lehman, fr., S, Cumberland Valley; Abigail Ake, jr., OH, Mechanicsburg; Brynlee Brenneman, jr., S, Northern; Megan Hamm, sr., MH, Northern; Bella Vidic, jr., MH, Northern; Sarah-Grace Blakeslee, sr., S, Red Land; Noelle Chavey, sr., MH, Trinity; Jensen Haas, jr., L, Trinity; Katie Sajer, so., OH, Trinity; Bethany Albright, sr., MH, West Perry; Lexi Morrow, jr., S, West Perry.