Knights, Osborne, Phelps highlight first-team

Posted Nov. 26, 2009, at 10:33 p.m.

The 2009 Maine All-State High School Volleyball Team first-team selections bear a bit of a resemblance to the 2008 first-teamers.

Maybe that’s because three of them — Keila Grigware of Biddeford, Michaela Campbell from Greely of Cumberland Center, and Alyssa Yeung of Falmouth — are back on the team for a second straight year.

Joining the veteran first team trio are seniors Ariel Knights of Woodland, Nicole Osborne of Calais, Emma Wiberg of Falmouth and lone junior Megan Phelps from Mount Desert Island.

Second team selections include Taylor Davis, a junior at Washington Academy in East Machias; Greely seniors Karle Biskup and Erin Cadigan; senior Kate Darrell of Yarmouth; and junior Alyssa Drapeau of Biddeford.

Honorable mentions this year include Shelby Bassett of Woodland, Destiny Kanu of MDI, and Christina Ramsdell of Washington Academy, Maddie Terry of Kennebunk, Hannah Shorty of Gorham, and Carolyn Smyth of Falmouth.

First Team — Osborne capped a storybook season in which she led her Blue Devils to an upset victory over Washington Academy in the Class B state championship match by being named as a first team selection for the first time. The middle hitter hit on 86.5 percent of her serves (237-for-274) and had 102 aces, 123 digs, 49 digs and 32 blocks.

Campbell led a loaded Greely team past Falmouth for the Class A state crown by hitting 216 of 224 serves (96.4 percent) with 77 aces. The hitter also totaled a whopping 209 kills, 314 digs, and 40 blocks.

Knights moves up to first team this year after being a second-teamer the last two years. The outside hitter and two-time All-Downeast Athletic Conference pick served at 95.2 percent (236-248) with 154 digs, 135 kills, and 51 aces.

Phelps led the MDI Trojans into the playoffs with 139 kills, 152 assists, and 48 aces off 88 percent serving with 13 solo and six assisted blocks. The all-Penobscot Valley Conference selection is also a two-time AVCA Academic All-American.

Grigware was a hitter in every sense of the word for the Tigers with 215 kills. She’s back on the first team after hitting on 124 of her 141 serves (88 percent) with 51 aces and added 45 assists and 34 blocks.

Yeung played middle hitter for the Yachtsmen, who advanced all the way to the Class A final before losing to Biddeford. She was an 88.4 percent server (213-for-241) and had 104 kills and 73 blocks.

Wiberg served at a 94.8 percent pace this season. The setter had 630 sets to go with 219 assists for the Yachtsmen.

Second Team — Davis hit on 173 of 191 (91 percent) serves with 57 aces. The outside hitter had 107 kills, 110 digs, and 14 blocks for the Raiders.

Biskup had 24 aces on 145-for-151 serving along with 299 assists, 44 digs, 26 blocks, and 32 aces. Rangers teammate Cadigan had 41 aces on 152-for-174 service with 173 kills, 202 digs, 24 blocks and eight assists.

Darrell played libero for the Clippers, hitting on 1118 of 126 serves (94 percent) with 24 aces, 276 digs and 12 kills.

Drapeau was a setter and hitter for the Tigers with 89 percent (135-for-152) serving to go with 21 aces, 40 blocks, 75 kills, and 152 assists.

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