Steamboat Springs Three Steamboat Springs High School volleyball players were named to the Western Slope League all-league team.
And the good thing for Wendy Hall is that her two first-team selections — libero Kailee Duryea and outside hitter Maggie Stanford — are just juniors. Senior setter Jenna Peters received an honorable mention.
Duryea spent last season playing junior varsity and was somewhat of an unknown entering this year. But as a junior, she turned in one of the most well-rounded seasons of any player.
“I hate to say anybody is an MVP, but when it’s a defensive specialist, I’m happy to give credit where it’s due,” Hall said. “I think she was the key player in our success this year.”
Stanford led the team in kills despite battling a shoulder injury most of the season. She was moved from the middle to the outside before the year began and didn’t seem to miss a beat. She had a team-high 131 kills in the league portion of the schedule.
“She put in a tremendous amount of work into the offseason,” Hall said. “She has really earned everything she has gotten.”
Peters was the lone senior to get the designation. She had 355 assists in the league season and served at 99 percent.
Hall said her leadership this year was invaluable.
“Emotionally, she was very steady,” Hall said. “Jenna did a good job of trying to keep everyone in tune.”
Hayden puts 5 on team
Hayden saw its season end earlier than it wanted, but coaches across the district certainly noticed the Tigers’ individual performances.
Hayden senior Delanie VeDepo and junior Erin Koehler were named to the first team all-district team. Juniors Brette Frentress and Aubree Haskins, as well as senior Morgan Bell, were named honorable mention all district.
Hayden coach Greg Johnson said each player was deserving of her award, specifically citing VeDepo’s work and leadership.
“I have never coached a player who has had the whole package like Delanie,” he said. “Skill, athleticism, hustle and leadership. Every girl on our team looked up to her. She was our primary setter and could get a pass anywhere on the floor and make it a hittable ball. That ability, along with her defense, kept us in games all year.”
Soroco volleyball coach Kim Reeves did not return calls Tuesday.