Eagle-Tribune All-Star Volleyball Team

Jan. 23 — AVA SIPLEY

Andover Senior, Setter

“She had a great year. She just worked so hard and went to every camp. She really wanted it.” said Coach Jane Bergin. Three-captain. All-MVC. Led Andover to 14-7 record and spot in state Round of 32. Averaged 7.4 assists and 1.9 digs per set. One game had 41 assists. Had 147 service points. Two-year starter, three-year letterman. 5-foot-7. Sister Lila is a talented junior.

EMMERSON CERASUOLO

Haverhill Soph., Setter

All-MVC. Average 1.7 kills, 3.7 assists and 0.4 blocks per set. 5-foot-10. Played setter and batter. Coach Vincent Pettis said: “She is very consistent and very smart. She has great all round skills.” Top 10 percent of class academically. Mother, Samantha Cerasuolo, was a standout Hillie athlete. Mass Impact is her club team. Plays a lot of beach volleyball.

GABBY BURDIER

Haverhill Frosh., Libero

Our only freshman volleyball all-star since at least 1988. Led 19-3 Division 1 stands semi-finalists in serve percentage (0.974), points (227), digs per set (4.6), and service received per set (8.1). From legendary volleyball family. 5-foot-6. Coach Vincent Pettis said: “She wasn’t intimidated. She’s a messy kid. She has an edge over other kids.” Also plays softball.

SAMANTHA TRIEND

Methuen Jr., Hitter

Had 428 kills, 170 digs and 64 aces for 12-9 Rangers. MVC Division 1 MVP. Had 35 kills against Beverly. Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Next year could be our 13th triple volleyball all-star in the last 35 years. Gold medal won at Bay State Games. 5-foot-9. Coach Matt Twomey said: “She’s the kind of player teams they need to plan for. She’s dynamic.”

EMMA BOSCO

North Andover Sr., Setter

Had 441 assists and 50 aces for 18-3 state Division 1 quarterfinalists. Had 43 assists in tournament win over Peabody. Dedicated to Roger Williams. All-MVC. Three-captain. 5-foot-6. 2 year old starter, 3 year old letterman. Coach Christin Augustini said, “Teams had to figure out how to play around her.” Sister Deanna played volleyball and now plays hockey for Salem State.

CHRISTINE CRATEAU

North Andover Sr., Libero

All-MVC. Had 282 digs and 50 aces in a historic 18-3 campaign. “She is sensational defensively and also plays an outsider. She has worked very hard. She lives volleyball,” said coach Christin Augustini. Had 10 aces and 19 counts in win over Andover and 26 counts in loss against Haverhill. Dedicated weightlifter. Two year old starter. 5-foot-7. Sophomore sister Kathryn also plays varsity.

NADINE ABDAT

North Andover Jr., Middle Hitter

All-MVC. She and Kya Burdier were only locals to both make EMass. All-school teams. Mass. Volleyball Coaches Division 1 All-State. Missed four games for 18-3 Knights due to injury. Hexagon with impressive vertical jump. Three-year training. Hearing of some Division 1 college programs. Co-chair of the school’s Black Student Union. Plays for the Mill City Club team.

ELLA KOLB

Pinkerton Sr., Setter

Led Astros into Season 16-5 and qualified into the Division 1 semifinals this fall totaled 514 assists, 87 aces, 218 service points, 107 kills and 100 digs. Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Chestnut resident. 5-foot-10. Two year captain. Had 1,226 career assists. Three-year starter, four-year letterman. Endicott recruit. Plays for Dynamo club team. Ranked 32nd in senior class of 780.

CASSI FARIA

Windham Sr., Outside Hitter

Repeat All-Division 1 selection. Plymouth State recruit. 5-foot-8. Had 14 kills, 15 service points and 6 aces vs. Hollis-Brookline and 16 service points and 9 aces vs. Alvirne. Four-year starter, two-year captain. Finished with 610 career kills. Coach Jill Bartlett said, “She is a very determined player with a passion for the sport.” Brother, Ryan, was a Tribune All-Star in baseball.

SAM BLANDFORD

Windham Sr., Setter

Came back strong after sitting out last year. Helped Jaguars to season 18-3 and advance to Division 1 semifinals. Average 24 assists per game with 30 vs. bedford. 5-foot-6. Second Team All-Division 1. Varsity mainstay since freshman year. Plays for the Mill City club team. Coach Jill Bartlett said, “She’s a great setter.” Saw time at hitter.

HONEST MENTION:

ANDOVER: Marissa Kobelski, Jr.; Sophia Pierce, Jr.; Adrie Waldinger, Sof.

BROOKS: Vivienne Foley, Jr., Andover

CENTRAL CATHOLIC: Kayleigh Holland, Sr.; Eva Coutu Jr.

FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN: Adriana Taboucherani, Jr.; Eva Brodnick, Jr.; Laura Harvey Jr.

GREATER LAWRENCE: Kaylin Martinez, Sr.; Kiara Morales Jr.

HAVERHILL: Summer Zaino, Sr.; Mia Ferrer Valdez, Soph.

LAWRENCE: Heidy Acevedo, Sr.; Ashley Nivar, Sr.

METHUEN: Kaitlyn Tierney, Senior; Avry Nelson, Senior; Carolina Rodriguez, Jr.;

NORTH ANDOVER: Leah Warren, Sr.; Maeve Gaffny, Sr.

PELHAM: Meghan Roemer, Jr.

PENTUCKET: Jillian Sheehy, Sr., Nicole Zahornasky, Sr., Katie Sutton, Sr.

PINKERTON: Sarah Bolduc, Soph; Abby Leppert, Sr.; Lily Heywood, Sr.; Lexa Galler, Sr.

SALEM: Katie Jamer, Sr.; Bailey Sacco, Senior; Lily Amiss, Frosh.

TIMBERLANE: Lauren Hayes, Senior; Alison McGonagall, Soph.

WHITTIER: Hannah Azzari, Jr.; Natalia Cintron Jr.

WINDHAM: Eliza Raymond, Sr.

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