Three local volleyball players earn All-State recognition
After a strong volleyball season by local teams three local players earned statewide recognition.
Troy's Mikayla Bristol and Wellsboro's Hannah Zuchowski earned Class AA PVCA All-State honors while Williamson's Kim Daugherty earned Class A honors.
Bristol helped lead Troy to the NTL East title this season and was the NTL East Player of the Year.
"I'm very, very happy for her," Troy coach Will Slotter said. "She's one kid that has worked extremely hard and I feel like she deserves all the accolades that come her way. I couldn't be prouder of her."
He believes this rare honor just helps thier NTL winning season that much more special.
"This is one of those honors that you don't see coming very often," Slotter said. "I think it's just a testament of all the hard work this kid has put in. It definitely helps the overall program."
He also hopes that younger players will use Bristol as a role model.
"Mikayla has been an excellent role model for younger kids to look up to. I was hoping to see that these kind of honors come along with the hard work she's put in."
Zuchowski was Wellsboro's top hitter and a big reason they won the District IV, Class AA title.
"It's really exciting," Zuchowski said about the honor.
She thanks her teammates for helping her.
"I worked really hard and my teammates pushed me," Zuchowski remarked. "I couldn't have done it without them. They give me passes for the kills."
She's happy to finish her career like this.
"It's a fantastic way to end my whole high school career," Zuchowski said.
Her coach was pleased, too.
"I'm honored," Green Hornets coach Sharon Zuchowski said. "I knew she's worked very hard throughout her career."
The senior had a very strong season, leading the area in kills.
"I was kind of hoping that was something she could get," Zuchowski remarked. "We're such a small community I didn't know what kinds of numbers other players were putting up. I was hoping she had a shot at it."
Daugherty was crucial in Williamson's run to the state final as a feared middle hitter.
"It's amazing," she said about being on the team. "It's a huge accomplishment. I just adds to everything we did."
Coming into the season Daugherty was wondering if she could make the team.
"I know I'm pretty good, but I didn't know I was that good," Daugherty explained.
But earning it as a senior is bittersweet for her.
"It kind of makes me sad because I don't want it to be over but it's like the cherry on top of everything," Daugherty remarked.
She is looking at playing in college next season, either at Wilkes or Pitt-Bradford.