Lady Longhorn volleyball players are now reaping the rewards of a successful season.
The booty includes the selection of five players to All-East Region honors.
Jenna Robertson, Cydney Figueroa and Laughlin Potvin were chosen, in a voting of coaches, to the All-East team. Kristin Remonda and Rose Hardt received honorable mention accolades.
Robertson, a senior middle hitter, is a three-sport star at Payson High School who has built a reputation as one of the finest athletes in the region.
In volleyball, her 982 spikes led the team as did her .213 hitting efficiency, 358 kills and 57 blocks. She also served 70 aces and was one of the top three serve-receivers on the team.
Her finest moment during the season might have occurred in a 3-2 state tournament loss to powerful Tuba City.
Pitted at the net against North Region Player of the Year Dakota Yazzie, Robertson battle the Warrior star tooth and nail. In fact, Robertson finished the match with 22 kills and impressive hitting stats.
“Jenna was not backing down,” coach Arnold Stonebrink said.
Figueroa, a senior setter who wore No. 1 as a uniform number, was the team’s quarterback.
In addition to running the offense and being an excellent passer, Figueroa finished with 182 digs, 834 kills and was the Lady Horns’ third best server.
In Payson’s 3-2 state tournament opening-round
win over Fountain Hills, Figueroa was at her best setting up teammates.
During one stretch, she dished out 11 assists.
Potvin came on as the season wore on to become one of the Lady Horns’ best weapons.
“She was perhaps the biggest surprise,” Stonebrink said. “She wasn’t even even a varsity player last year, but this season she not only led the team in serve-receiving, she also hit a tremendous .178 from the right position, .045 higher than anyone ever hit for me from the position.”
Remonda, the team’s second best serve-receiver, played libero for the Lady Horns and Hardt was an outside hitter.
In selecting the All-East honorees, region coaches tapped Blue Ridge’s Liesel Hall as the Most Valuable Player and Tami Ellsworth, also of Blue Ridge, the Coach of the Year.
The next honors to be doled out will be the Arizona Coaches Association all-stars. Only seniors are eligible to play in the celestial game, which will be held next spring.