Banks sophomore Megan Bunn is honored by state coaches after a fabulous volleyball season

by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: ZACK PALMER - Banks sophomore Megan Bunn (6) goes up for a spike during the Class 4A volleyball state tournament earlier this month.After a superlative 2013 season, Megan Bunn has been recognized as one of the best Class 4A volleyball players in Oregon.

The scary thing for the rest of the state? Bunn is only a sophomore.

Last week, the 5-foot-11 middle blocker from Banks was named to the all-state first team in a vote of the state’s coaches. The all-star team was compiled by The Oregonian.

Bunn, the Cowapa League co-player of the year, was one of eight players named to the first team, and she was the sole underclassman on the 16-player squad. Hannah Troutman, a defensive specialist and outside hitter who led Crook County to its eighth consecutive state championship earlier this month, was named the state player of the year. Cristina Williams of Cascade earned coach of the year honors.

“She’s a great kid. She keeps things light. She’s humble,” Banks co-coach Suzanne Alley said about her sophomore star. “We have been trying to encourage her to be more of a leader on the floor, and I felt like at state she kind of tried to take a step towards that.”

The unassuming Bunn received the good news about the all-state team via her cell phone.

“I had a friend text me saying, ‘Congrats,’ and I asked her, ‘About what?’” Bunn recalled. “And she was like, ‘You made all-state.’ I was like, ‘What?’ I look online and I see it, and I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s awesome.’ I was shocked.”

From Bunn’s stats, it’s easy to see why she stood out to the state’s coaches — even if the honor surprised her. She posted a hitting percentage of .336 this fall, and as one of the tallest players on the Banks roster, she was a force at the net for the Braves, averaging 1.1 blocks per set. She also averaged 2.8 digs and 0.4 aces per set.

In fact, her classmate and co-Cowapa League player of the year, MaKenna Partain, called her a “beast” and “phenomenal” late in the season, after Banks had clinched its second straight league championship.

“She hits people in the face, and she hits them every which way,” Partain said at the time.

In addition to helping Banks (23-6) repeat as league champ, Bunn also steered the Braves to their fourth consecutive state tournament trophy. The young squad, which included just two seniors, went 1-2 earlier this month in Eugene to earn a sixth-place trophy.

Bunn will stay busy this winter playing basketball for Banks and club volleyball with the Beaverton-based T.E.A.M. Hiki No.

Alley, for one, is excited to see what kind of progress Bunn can make before next fall.

“I think that we’ve seen in kids that have come through our program a huge leap between sophomore and junior year,” Alley said. “We’re pretty excited to see already she’s being voted by coaches as first team all-(state), so we’re pretty excited to see what she might bring next year as a junior to us. I feel like ... the sky’s the limit. It’s pretty exciting.”

And, with two more years of high school still ahead for Bunn, it could be bad news for the rest of the state.

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