Five Lady Cats Named To Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class-A All-State Team, Seven Named Academic All-State (12/04/19)
(Above photo by Kim Constantino) 2019 All-State Volleyball Recipients:
KK Girvan, Brenna Campbell, Kait Constantino, Maddie Schill and Korrin Burns
Following a very successful season, the saw the 2019 Clarion Area Lady Cats Volleyball team win the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference (KSAC) and District Nine Class-A Championships, and advance to the PIAA State Final Four, a number of Lady Cats have received state-wide recognition.
The Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association (PVCA) has announced their 2019 Class-A All-State Team, with five Lady Cats being named to this year’s squad. In addition, seven Clarion Area players were named to the All-State Academic Team.
With five players named to the All-State Squad, the Lady Cats tie State Champion Northern Cambria for the most players by any school named to this year’s Class-A Squad.
Junior setter, Brenna Campbell was selected for her third straight year. Other honors for Brenna this year include: PVCA – District Nine Class-A MVP, D9Sports.com – District Nine MVP and KSAC MVP.
Senior Libero, KK Girvan made the team for her second straight year. KK was also selected to the PVCA – District Nine Class-A All-Star Team, D9Sports.com All-Star Team and KSAC All-Conference Team.
Seniors, Kait Constantino and Maddie Schill, along with sophomore Korrin Burns were all named for the first time.
Kait, who was named as an outside hitter, was also named All-State in softball as a sophomore and junior. She now joins her sister Alexis, a 2018 Clarion Area graduate, in being named All-State in both volleyball and softball.
Maddie was named as a middle hitter and Korrin was selected as an outside hitter.
Kait, Maddie and Korrin were also selected to the PVCA – District Nine Class-A All-Star Team, D9Sports.com All-Star Team and KSAC All-Conference Team.
Coach Shari Campbell shared her thoughts about her All-State players:
“It is very exciting to have Maddie, Kaitlyn, KK, Brenna and Korrin recognized as All-State. It is a true testament of how well this team worked together to achieve so much.
“Maddie’s net play and blocking was outstanding and something the program hasn’t seen for some years.
“Kaitlyn provided such consistency to the team through her ability to serve receive so well. Defensively she took her game to a new level this season.
“KK brought great athleticism to the team. It’s always fantastic to see a great save. I am very proud of the ball control that KK developed as a senior.
“Brenna’s ability to run a collegiate style offense was at the heart of the offense. She has such a determination to create an opportunity to score in any scenario that is such intangible strength.
“Korrin had such terrific season. Our offense asked a lot of her and she delivered. It’s exciting that she has two more seasons as a Bobcat.”
Maddie, Kait and Brenna were also named to the PVCA Academic All-State Team, which requires a Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher. Joining them on the Academic All-State Team are junior, Jordy Best and sophomores Payton Simko and Noel Anthony.
Of her players receiving Academic All-State honors, coach Campbell said, “I am very proud of our Academic All-State players. These student athletes are extremely disciplined and time management is a key to success. It’s so great to see them be recognized for this honor.”
Players from five other schools from District Nine and District Ten, joined the five Bobcats on the 2019 Class-A All-State Team, including: Elk County Catholic outside hitter, Taylor Newton; Cochranton right side, Maria Amory and setter, Cathryn Miller; Seagertown outside hitter, Brittanyy Houk; West Middlesex middle hitter, MaKennah White; and Union City outside hitter, Natalie Frank.
For a complete list of the Class-A All-State Team, go to PVCA website (https://www.pvcavb.org). As of posting time, teams in other three classifications were yet to be announced.
(Thanks to Kim Constantino for the photos. Congratulations to Brenna, KK, Kait, Maddie, Korrin, Jordy, Payton and Noel, and all of this years PVCA All-State and All-State Academic selectees!!!!)