Jessica Lea named Player of the Year, Rosie Honl selected as 5A Coach of the Year
Nearly two months after Crook County won the state volleyball title they continue to dominate 5A volleyball.
On Wednesday, Cowgirl senior outside hitter Jessica Lea was named 5A volleyball Player of the Year, while Head Coach Rosie Honl was named 5A Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.
"It's pretty amazing," said Honl, who has now been named coach of the year four times. "I was shocked. The thing I like the best is my girls all did so well."
In all, five Cowgirls were on either the first or second teams. Beside Lea, senior outside hitter Melanie Ceciliani and senior setter Esmeralda Orozco were also named to the first team. Senior libero Shayna Severance was named to the second team along with Junior middle blocker Krissi Kemper.
"I think it's great," said Severance. "It's a big accomplishment."
"I was so glad Severance got some recognition at the state level because without her passing nothing else comes and she's been well deserving of it," said Honl.
"It's awesome," said Orozco.
"Orozco was named most valuable player by the kids of our team, so it was good to have her on the team," Honl said.
"It's pretty exciting, and a big honor," said Ceciliani.
"Ceciliani is the biggest jumper of any player I've ever had, and probably the funnest player," Honl said.
"It's a big honor and so much fun," said Kemper.
"Krissi, Jess and Mel are just such studs," said Honl. "I thought it was just fantastic that Lea was named player of the year. She's a big hitter and just serves fantastic. I was just amazed that we were able to get five in."
"I'm very excited. I'm ecstatic," said Lea. "I didn't even know this could happen. I want to thank all the coaches, Rosie Honl, Katie O'Neal, Joel Kent, Vicki Duncan, and my mom, Heidi Lea."
In addition to the five Crook County players several other Intermountain Conference players made the All-State team. Kate Bostwick of Pendleton and Kelsey Zimmerman of Summit were on the first team, while Macy Markham of Summit was on the second team. Natalie Scheller of Bend and Michelle Coombs of Hermiston were named honorable mention.
Oregon's All-State teams were selected by a vote of coaches and compiled by The Oregonian newspaper.