JV, frosh volleyball wrap up season with awards

The Hood River Valley JV and freshman volleyball teams wrapped up their season last week with an awards banquet to honor their accomplishments.

Sophomores Kara Graves and Chelsey Elliott were named co-MVP’s for the JV team and will help lead a vastly improved group of core players toward varsity competition over the next two seasons.

“I’d have to say that this year’s JV team improved more than most teams I’ve seen or coached,” coach Angie Cox said. “They stayed focused and worked hard throughout the season, and they definitely peaked during our last week of the season in Bend.”

Cox said she would have liked to see the girls play a couple more matches because she felt that they really came together as a team during the season’s final few weeks. She also believes that they can improve upon their season win total of two.

“These girls will provide a great core group for the program next year,” Cox said.

Two more players who may join the varsity ranks next year are Michelle Tanner, the Most Improved Player, and Emily Bounds, the Most Inspirational Player.

Also on the way up are a group of freshman standouts, who should help a varsity team that struggled in its first year of Intermountain Conference competition with a record of 0-14.

Amy Metcalfe was named the MVP of the freshman team, while Laura Christensen was named Most Improved and Carmie Berquist was named Most Inspirational.

“Won-and-lost records aside, these girls all had a terrific season,” coach Cynthia Christensen said. “They all came a long way this year and should be able to help the program grow next year.”

Varsity coach Molly Kissinger said she was uncertain about her role with next year’s team, but was pleased with the progress the team made during the season.

“We didn’t have a lot of things in our favor this year, but the girls worked through it and they should be much more competitive next year,” Kissinger said.

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