- By Adam Lichtenstein Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
2017 PALM BEACH POST VOLLEYBALL LARGE SCHOOLS ALL-AREA TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Madelyne May Anderson, Palm Beach Gardens, Sr., OH
Why? Anderson, who is getting a head start on her college career at Florida State, helped carry the Gators to the Class 9A state final, ending the season with 330 kills, 36 aces, 92 blocks and 214 digs.
What was the highlight of your season? The highlight of my season was the relationships and strong bonds that I made with not only my teammates, but our fan group as well. It was an amazing feeling having all of these people who really enjoyed volleyball come and support the team voluntarily and be a huge part of the success we achieved.
When did you first start playing volleyball? The first time I picked up a volleyball was in third grade as practice player on the Lake Park Baptist elementary school team. My sister was in fifth grade at the time and had asked my mom to be the coach of the team. Being the daughter of the coach, I was able to practice with the team and play in the friendship matches.
What are your college plans? I plan to go to Florida State University for beach volleyball in 2019. Everybody gets confused on my situation because it is pretty confusing. I am 15 and supposed to be graduating in 2020, but I’m graduating in 2018. My scholarship for Florida State begins in 2019, so I will be going there a year early. I have not decided my major yet, but I know I want to study something related to business.
Who is the athlete you most admire, and why? The athlete who I most admire would be Matt Anderson. Not only is he an amazing volleyball player, he also is No. 1, which has always been my jersey number, and has the last name Anderson.
What is the song that gets you most pumped up before a game? The song that gets me most pumped before games is “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince. My team at Palm Beach Gardens would always listen to this song and do the dance the girls made up to go with it before games.
What’s your favorite pre-game meal? My favorite pregame meal is fruit. I don’t like playing with much food in my stomach. I usually eat fruit, power bars, and maybe a couple bites of a sandwich.
What was your favorite movie this year? My favorite movie this year is “Everything, Everything.” A bunch of people say it’s too similar to “The Fault in Our Stars,” but I loved it.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Joy VanDyke, Palm Beach Gardens
In her first year at the helm, VanDyke, who is the daughter of three-time title winner Terri Kaiser, took the Gators to the state championship match, falling one win short of a title.
Cassie Anderson, Palm Beach Gardens, Sr.: Player of the Year Maddie Anderson’s sister, Cassie had a great season, too. She played all over the court, and she had 133 kills, 169 service points, 244 digs and 250 service receptions.
Taylor Burrell, West Boca Raton, Sr., outside hitter: The senior outside hitter, teaming with second-team pick Paige Barash, racked up 255 kills and 110 digs.
Madeline Furtado, King’s Academy, Sr., outside hitter: The Lions senior racked up 550 kills, 173 digs and 71 aces in her final year at King’s. She led the Lions to an undefeated regular season before falling to Tampa-Berkeley Prep in the state final.
Ashley Klein, Palm Beach Gardens, So., libero: The libero for the state runner-up, Klein had 203 service points, 44 aces and 308 digs.
Libby Nieporte, Oxbridge Academy, So., outside hitter: Nieporte paced the ThunderWolves with 263 kills and racked up 195 digs.
Nina Sharpton, Park Vista, Sr., setter: A North Carolina State commit, Sharpton set things up for the Cobras. She finished the year with 523 assists, 160 digs, 153 points and 42 aces.
Julia Schner, Spanish River, Sr., middle blocker: The talented middle blocker led Spanish River with 186 kills and had 52 blocks and 49 digs.
Paige Barash, West Boca Raton, Jr., outside hitter
Allison Bourque, Wellington, Jr., setter
Julia Lane, Jupiter, Sr., outside hitter
Vittoria Sottani, Boca Raton, Sr., outside hitter
Jenna Fitzgerald, Park Vista, So., libero
Hannah Prince, King’s Academy, Jr., setter
Meghan Yaffa, Spanish River, Sr., outside hitter
Atlantic: Noelle Dwyer; Boca Raton: Lili Henderson, Tatianna Rivas; Cardinal Newman: Emily Magnuson, Kayla Neeld; Jupiter: Madison Bonocore, Katherine Carter, Sarah Rick, Lindsey Walker; King’s Academy: Cindy Hugel, Annie Smith; Oxbridge Academy: Abby Nieporte, Kaylon Smith, Ava Shmueli; Palm Beach Gardens: Julia Cartales, Hannah Heide, Anabelle Standish; Park Vista: Cassidy Ellmyer, Stephanie Marcano; Santaluces: Alexia Mandoeng, Julianna Miranda; Spanish River: Allie Lopez, Alejandra Penaloza; Suncoast: Juliette Pouille, Taylor Stevens, Maranda Thelus; St. Andrew’s: Caroline Cleveland; Wellington: Heidi Dunkelmann, Sarah Kimberly; West Boca Raton: Mallory Barash, Laura Hopman, Rebecca Polsky.