Volleyball Team Ends Great Season With All-Region Honors

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A banner campaign in which the Lady Longhorn volleyball team played its way to the East region regular season co-championship has ended with even more honors flowing the team's way.

In a voting of region coaches, a trio of Lady Longhorns -- Brooke Cannon, Tori Wilbanks and Jade Heglie -- were named to the All-East first team.

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Among the Lady Longhorn volleyball players chosen all-region were Mollee Lee, Jade Heglie, Brooke Cannon, Jenna Robertson and coach Arnold Stonebrink.

Also, Jenna Robertson and Mollee Lee were tapped for honorable mention accolades.

The naming of Cannon, a senior, to the first team came as no surprise.

Last week, she was chosen the East's Most Valuable Player.

"The recognition was well-deserved," coach Arnold Stonebrink said. "She was superior in many categories -- serving, blocking, hitting, hustling and leading."

Stonebrink lauded her as "a coach's dream. She made my life much easier as a coach."

For Wilbanks, a senior who has opted to play club volleyball in the off-season, her selection to the All-East is another step in what could be her ascension to play in the college ranks.

"Tori was by far the best hitter I've ever had," Stonebrink said. "Not only was she an animal hitting, but she was also a dominant blocker and worked very hard to become a starting back row player and a solid passer." Statistically, Wilbanks led the team in hitting with a .327 mark. "That is mind-boggling and over .100 higher than anyone has hit for me."

Heglie, who last summer played on the Club Rim team with Wilbanks, was the Lady Horns serve receive leader and passer.

"She was also one of the most fundamentally sound passers I've ever seen," Stonebrink said. Her 2.51 serve receiving mark -- on a scale of 0 to 3 -- represented a .4 increase over her 2005 standard.

Robertson, a sophomore, was moved from outside hitter to middle hitter early this season.

"Her transition was smooth and she led the team in stuffs with 55 and hit a solid .214," Stonebrink said.

The coach predicts a bright future for his budding star.

"She has all the potential in the world and could be very dominating at the net," he said. "She rendered many an oppositions hitting attack weak and ineffective."

Although Lee played outside hitter it might have been her floating serve that fans best remember.

"Mollee is a coachable, quiet young lady who leads through example," he said.

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