Tigers’ Shilts, Johnson and Spartans’ Wink earn honors
Three local players, all seniors, earned All-Middle Border Conference honors for their exploits on the volleyball court this season.
The lone player named to the All-MBC team from Somerset this season was senior outside hitter Kendrah Wink.
Shilts and Johnson have been key components for the Tigers for most of their high school careers. Shilts showed early in her career that she had the quickness and reflexes to be a back row player. Each year, she has honed those skills to become one of the best defensive players in the area. This is the second year Shilts has been honored. Last year, she was an All-MBC second team choice.
Johnson fits the classic mold that coaches search for in their setters. She has good hands and a good sense for how to distribute the ball. But equally important is her vocal leadership and the enthusiasm she displays whenever she's on the court.
Wink made the switch from being a middle hitter to playing as an outside hitter this season. It turned out to be a great move for the Spartans, with Wink becoming their most reliable hitter for the season.
“It is a difficult transition because the timing from a middle to outside takes some adjusting,” said Somerset coach Sarah Praschak. “She worked very hard to get her timing down. We made that transition because of her powerful hit and quick net play.”
Praschak said Wink was also dramatically improved as a defensive player. That enabled the Spartans to play her in an all-around role. Wink also was one of the strongest servers on the Spartans this season.