Friday December 28, 2012

Michala Dean

Senior, Mount Greylock

Dean would play wherever coach Phil Paul needed her to play. She had 301 kills, 162 digs and 196 assists -- kind of like a season-long triple-double in volleyball terms. Dean led the Mounties to quite a comeback, finishing with a 5-8 record after starting the season 2-8.

The coach's take: She's right up there in the top two or three I've ever coached. As an overall player, because of her setting ability, probably No. 1.

-- Mount Greylock coach Phil Paul Rachel Cogswell

Senior, Lenox

A team captain, Cogswell finished the season with 435 assists, 95 digs, and 65 aces. Cogswell finished with 1,152 assists, one of only three county volleyball players to reach that total. She was also awarded the league sportsmanship award by the officials.

The coach's take: She was truly the backbone and heart of our team this past season and we will miss her tremendously next year.

-- Lenox coach Ed Paquette

Liz Mitts

Junior, Lenox

Mitts had 147 kills, 29 aces and 100 digs. Paquette was able to move Mitts around on the court, and she picked up her game on days when the Lenox side played a little shorthanded. She and Cogswell led the Millionaires to the Western Mass. Division III semifinals.

The coach's take: The other players followed her lead and she can easily move the momentum to our favor.


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She is an all-around good athlete and continues to improve with experience.

-- Paquette

Bethany McBain

Senior, Wahconah

Wahconah's kills leader with 261, McBain had 223 digs, 52 assists and 37 blocks. In three years, McBain helped lead Wahconah to a Western Mass. final and two quarterfinals.

The coach's take: Being a left-handed hitter, she brought another option to our offense. Having a left-handed hitter, she was hitting from the right, which was her power option.

-- Wahconah coach Dave Lussier

Ericka Unwin

Senior, Wahconah

Lussier calls Unwin his "most consistent player," and the numbers agree. She served at 97 percent, serving 278 times and missing on only eight. She had 172 assists and 208 digs.

The coach's take: She was somebody who was always on the court, always steady and someone I could always count on.

-- Lussier

Maddie Roulier

Senior, St. Joseph's

The coaches chose Roulier as All-Berkshire co-MVP along with Dean. The Crusader standout had 242 kills and 114 aces to lead the way. A team leader, head coach Peter Strack said everyone looked up to her.

The coach's take: Maddie is one of those players who is everywhere. She would be there for the other players.

-- St. Joseph's coach Peter Strack

Virginia Goggins

Senior, St. Joseph's

One of the St. Joseph's Ironwomen, Goggins never left the floor. She was definitely the "point guard" of the Crusader offense, registering 266 assists. Goggins also did her share from behind the line, recording 73 service aces.

The coach's take: She ran the offense pretty good all year. She made good decisions on her sets.

-- Strack

Nyanna Slaughter

Junior, Taconic

Slaughter, who did not play in her freshman year, had quite the breakout season as a junior. She had 116 kills, 41 digs, 32 aces and 21 blocks.

The coach's take: Her positive attitude and her strong presence in the front row was big. She was a great middle hitter.

-- Taconic coach Jen Doerle

Lauren Richardson

Senior, Lee

Richardson got the Wildcat offense in motion. She had double-figure assist totals all season. Her season started with a 11-assist performance, quickly followed by 19 and 10. Richardson led the team with 353 serves and 72 aces, as well as 281 assists. She was second in kills with 167.

The coach's take: Lauren was definitely our floor leader this year. She was one of our two setters in the 6-2, both her and Katie Morin. A pretty potent offensive player.

-- Lee coach John Warner

Katie Morin

Junior, Lee

Morin was as dangerous around the net as any player in Berkshire County. Game-by-game, she'd put up 10, 13, 12-kill contests. Her best was 23 kills in one match. Morin could also set up the offense, recording double-figure assist totals several times. Morin led the team in kills (258) and blocks (74).

The coach's take: Katie was a tall middle block. She dominated the middle. When she was in the front row, that was her goal, to dominate the net. She did a terrific job at it.

-- Warner

Vanessa Castillo

Senior, Lee

In volleyball, each team has an option to have on defensive specialist, or Libero. That's where Castillo played for the Wildcats, and it is certain that Lee wouldn't have run through Berkshire County perfect. Castillo was the perfect libero for the Wildcats. While her defense was without peer, she also was an able setter. Castillo led the Wildcats with 87 digs, while tallying 104 kills. It was her second consecutive season with more than 100 kills.

The coach's take: Vanessa was, by far, the scrappiest defensive player I witnessed all year. As short as she was, she literally outjumped everyone. I always got such a chuckle out of the fact that she would go up against a player ... and invariably, would go over top of whatever player was in front of her.

-- Warner

Megan Bodnar

Senior, Pittsfield

The Generals won a Western Mass. Division II tournament match at home for the first time since 2006, before Bodnar was in high school. The Generals beat Springfield Cathedral and the senior was the key factor in that win with eight kills and 10 digs.

The coach's take: I knew going into the season she had a great all-around game, especially defensively. ... But she also had 92 kills, second on the team. She's not a tall player. She had really good technique, really good athletic ability to put up that kind of number.

-- Brian Lawton, Pittsfield coach