Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The senior setter had perhaps her best year as a Panther. Nash recorded a team-high 494 assists and added 130 digs and 36 aces. Nash played a major role in helping Central advance to the first round of the state playoffs — one year after the Panthers missed the postseason entirely. Nash not only set her teammates up to score points, she was a vocal leader on and off the court. “She is a mentally tough kid,” Central coach Claudine Mendazona said. “She knows the game well and did a great job leading the team.” Nash earned first team all-Mid-Willamette Conference honors for her performance during the season.
The senior libero played much of the 2015 season while dealing with a back injury, but that didn’t stop Ackerman from having a big year. She had 155 digs and was one of the Dragons’ best servers, with a 96.8 percent serving percentage. Ackerman earned second team all-MWC honors, missing out on being named to the first team by a single vote. “Maci was the team’s MVP and was a leader on the team,” Dallas coach Shana Lavier said. “Maci stepped up and played solid defense for us throughout the year, while dealing with a very painful back injury that would never go away. She had a great season.”
The senior outside hitter played a central role during Perrydale’s run to the state tournament. Price was one of the team’s dominant forces on the attack, leading the team with 230 kills. She added 30 aces. Price earned first team all-Casco League recognition. She was named to the second team at the state tournament. “Not only did Taylor lead us in offense, but she was also the voice on the floor,” Perrydale coach Denise Dickey said. “She was very vocal and encouraged her teammates.”
Omlid figures to be a main fixture as a middle blocker for the Panthers for the next two years. Omlid took her game to a new level during the 2015 season. The sophomore had a team-high 196 kills and 49 blocks playing at the net, providing much needed height. She was also one of the team’s best servers, recording 20 aces. “She has the potential to do great things for the Panthers over the next two years,” Mendazona said. Omlid earned first team all-MWC honors.
The junior outside hitter played a number of positions for the Panthers. Dowdell was one of Central’s most consistent players, no matter where she played. The junior was dangerous on both the attack, where she recorded 189 kills, and playing defense, where she had 179 digs. Dowdell was also one of the team’s go-to servers, where she recorded a serving percentage above 90. “Alex is a great all-around player,” Mendazona said. “She worked hard and communicated well on the court to help her teammates.” Dowdell earned first team all-league recognition.
The senior setter earned first team all-league honors after a stellar 2015 campaign. Calonder recorded 465 assists, while adding 18 aces. Calonder helped open up Perrydale’s attack and was one of the Pirates’ most consistent and dependable players. “Kolbie is a great decision maker,” Dickey said. “She hustled to every ball. She was a very consistent setter and made very few errors.”
In her second year leading the Pirates, Dickey helped Perrydale’s return to 1A become a highly successful one. The Pirates finished the regular season with a 12-2 record in Casco League play. Dickey also led Perrydale into the state playoffs, where the Pirates advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to eventual state champion Country Christian. Perrydale recovered to place fourth after wins over Powder Valley and Crane.
The 2015 Itemizer-Observer all-region volleyball team was selected by Sports Editor Lukas Eggen, along with heavy input from area coaches.