SPARTA — Her name is etched in the history books at Highland High School. And the Mount Vernon News is recognizing Samantha Zuber’s achievements by naming her the All-Area Volleyball Player of the Year.
Zuber reached her school’s all-time career kills record late in her senior year. Her name will be written on the wall of the new gymnasium, next to the number 852.
Zuber led the Scots to the district finals this season, dropping the match to Bishop Hartley in three games. However, it was Highland’s best achievement since 1993. A few days prior, Zuber dominated at the net as her team defeated Granville to get to that point.
She recently signed a letter of intent to play at Campbell University.
East Knox’s Hayley Gray was named First Team All-Area. Gray won her team’s Defensive Player of the Year as well as Outstanding Player of the Year awards.
A pair of Centerburg teammates are also on First Team. Junior Tristen Simpson once again dominated offensively, enough for her to also earn Division III First Team Central District honors. Sophomore Kendall Compton was around the ball on nearly every point, earning her a spot on the Central District Second Team.
Utica’s Myranda Wolfe, the focal point of the Redskins’ offense, is also named First Team All-Area.
Mount Vernon’s Alex Miglin is the final member of the All-Area First Team. Miglin was the vocal as well as inspirational leader on a team that fell just a few games short of an Ohio Capital Conference championship.
All-Area Honorable Mention awards are given to Centerburg’s Macy Michel; Mount Vernon’s Kate Reynolds, Madi Montgomery and Melissa Hall; Fredericktown’s Lyndsay Briegel; Utica’s Sarah Bandy and Rachel Londot; and Danville’s Kate Walls and Emily Pew.
For bringing the Scots to within a match of their first district title in 34 years, Rob Terrill is the All-Area Coach of the Year.
All-Area volleyball awards were decided by the Mount Vernon News sports writers and editors.