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Times sets All-Area team


Imlay City heads list with three first team volleyball picks, Capac and Dryden net two, Almont with one


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Dryden standout Angie Kopas spikes over the arms of an opponent in a NCTL encounter this fall. photo by Kevin Kissane.

November 25, 2009
TRI-CITY AREA — From the opening serve until the final point hit the floor, these athletes had an impact for their respective volleyball squads.

Here is a look at who made the 2009 edition of The Tri-City Times All-Area volleyball team and the numbers they generated along the way:

Ashley Mousseau, Capac

Mousseau, a 5-6 senior hitter, furnished a team-high output of 521 digs this season.

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In addition to those statistics, Mousseau contributed 105 kills and 61 aces.

Mousseau finished her third season on Capac's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team selection.

Angie Kopas, Dryden

Kopas provided Dryden with 246 kills and 68 solo blocks, both team-highs, during the 2009 campaign.

The 6-1 junior middle hitter also accumulated 164 service points, her team's third highest output, to go along with 70 digs, 27 aces and 12 assists.

She ended her second campaign on Dryden's varsity as an All-North Central Thumb League 'Dream Team' honoree.

In addition to those accolades, Kopas was also named her team's Most Valuable Player.

Millie Velez, Imlay City

Velez, a 6-1 middle hitter, cranked out 337 kills and registered 76 digs this past season.

In addition to those statistics, Velez contributed her team's highest ace (76) and solo block (42) outputs.

Velez completed her third season on Imlay City's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team pick and All-Region selection.

Kelsey Bosch, Imlay City

Bosch amassed a team-high 751 assists during the 2009 campaign.

The 5-4 senior setter also generated her squad's second highest dig (298) and ace (61) output to go along with 33 kills and five solo blocks.

She wrapped up her fourth* season on Imlay City's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention choice.

Katie Porter, Almont

Porter generated a team-high total of 554 assists this past season.

The 5-5 senior setter also produced her squad's highest ace total (64), registered her team's third highest dig output (220) and collected 62 kills.

Porter concluded her second season on Almont's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team pick.

Taelor Webb, Imlay City

Webb wound up with 182 kills, her team's third highest output, during the 2009 campaign.

The 5-7 senior middle hitter also contributed 33 digs, 25 solo blocks and two aces.

Webb finished her second* season on Imlay City's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention selection.

Natalie Maynard, Dryden

Maynard furnished a team-highs of 224 service points and 60 aces this past season.

The 5-6 senior middle hitter also logged her squad's third highest dig output (140), notched 90 kills and was credited with two assists.

Maynard ended her second season on Dryden's varsity as her team's Offensive Player of the Year honoree.

Samantha Smith, Capac

Smith generated 87 kills during the 2009 campaign.

The 5-7 middle hitter also contributed 64 aces and 62 digs to Capac's cause.

Smith wrapped up her second campaign on Capac's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention selection.

Second team- Maddy Couch, Dryden; Jackie Warner, Dryden; Autumn Chambers, Imlay City; Bailey Schaller, Imlay City; Nicole Gilbert, Capac; Cassie Spencer, Capac; Brittany Schmalzel, Almont; and Tasha Evans, Almont.

Honorable mention- Alyssa Dawson, Imlay City; Ashley Dockham, Imlay City; Rachel DeCeuninck, Dryden; and Cassie Brohl, Almont.

Coach of the Year- Aaron Mueller, who directed Imlay City to a 9-5 Blue Water Area Conference showing, a 24-22-3 overall mark and a second-place Class B district finish, earns Tri-City Times All-Area Coach of the Year accolades.

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.
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