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Sophomore Named All State; Seven Earn Awards

<p><strong>Post season awards.</strong> Seven Booneville volleyball players gained post-season honors following the recently completed season. Pictured are (from left) Jaycie Rodatz (second team All District), Hiley Sage Catlett (second team All-District and All-State Tournament), Grace Farmer (second team All-District), Raylynn Scott (first team All-District), Ashdon Ross (first team All-District) and Hannah McClung (All-State). Not pictured is Whitney Weaver, who was first team All-District.</p>

Post season awards. Seven Booneville volleyball players gained post-season honors following the recently completed season. Pictured are (from left) Jaycie Rodatz (second team All District), Hiley Sage Catlett (second team All-District and All-State Tournament), Grace Farmer (second team All-District), Raylynn Scott (first team All-District), Ashdon Ross (first team All-District) and Hannah McClung (All-State). Not pictured is Whitney Weaver, who was first team All-District.

For the second consecutive season, seven Booneville volleyball players have been honored at the district or state level.

Heading the list is sophomore libero Hannah McClung, who was chosen All-State by the conference coaches. McClung set school records for digs in a match (65 vs. Arkadelphia) and in a season (650) while also serving the ball at 95 percent accuracy.

“She made some saves not many others would have made,” said coach Robert Dean. McClung also came in for high praise from Mena coach Brad Lyle. “It seemed like everything we hit at her, she got it back,” said Lyle.

For her efforts in the state tournament match against Pea Ridge, senior hitter/setter Hiley Sage Catlett was named to the All-Tournament Team. Catlett scored on 11 kills, had eight assists and 18 digs in the match. She was also chosen second-team All-District after a season in which she had 176 kills, led the team in aces with 62 and had a team-record 275 assists.

Seniors Whitney Weaver and Raylynn Scott and sophomore Ashdon Ross were named first-team All-District. Weaver scored with 95 kills and had a 98% serve accuracy; Scott added 82 spikes, had 101 blocks for the season and set a personal best with 92% serving. Ross scored on 74 kills, served at 95%, attacked the ball at 86% and had 413 digs in a well-rounded effort.

In addition to Catlett, juniors Grace Farmer and Jaycie Rodatz were named second-team All-District. Farmer was a force in the middle in both attacking (77 kills) and blocking (84), while Rodatz had 265 assists and was second to Weaver in serving percent (97.9%).

During her career, Weaver was named All-District twice and All-State once, while Catlett gained three All-District honors. Scott, Farmer and Rodatz were selected for All-District twice each, and the latter two have a chance to make it three next season.

With four honorees returning for the 2014 season, the Lady Cats should remain a force as they move to the 3A West conference.

Correction: In last week’s article it was stated that Hannah McClung had 51 kills against Pea Ridge. That should have read 51 digs.

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