Kari Kincannon’s focus never wavered this season and that paid off for the Keystone senior.
The Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association made sure of that by naming Kincannon a first-team Division II All-Ohio selection.
“This honor makes feel really good and excited,” Kincannon said. “I knew that I had to be really focused for my senior season and go out and do my best.
“We played some very competitive teams, including Buckeye, Brookside and Wellington in Patriot Athletic Conference matches. We also played Midview, which always is a great match for us.
“I couldn’t have done as well as I did without coach (Dave) Cross. He’s been my coach since I played on a Junior Olympics team in the eighth grade. He is a motivator. He pushes me and my teammates to do as well as we can.”
Kincannon was the only area player to make first team in any division. In Division I, Amherst senior Courtney Jarvis was a second-team selection in Division I, while Olmsted Falls senior Julie Radigan was honorable mention.
Amherst coach Laurie Cogan was a recipient of the group’s coaches achievement awards for Division I. Cogan led the Comets to a berth in the regional championship match and a 24-3 record.
Kincannon is undecided about her future but definitely wants to play volleyball at the collegiate level. She’s applied to Lake Erie College and Notre Dame College in Ohio, along with St. Joseph College in Indiana. She’s considering a career in education.
“This is a really great honor for a great kid,” Cross said. “She has worked very hard and puts team first. There’s no sprinkle of ego in her.
“Kari constantly works to get better. She put volleyball as her No. 1 sport after her freshman season, giving up playing basketball in the winter season. She decided she loved volleyball and plays year-round.”
Kincannon suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Keystone’s next-to-last regular-season match at Buckeye. Her absence definitely hurt Keystone’s postseason hopes as the top-seeded Wildcats lost a Division II sectional championship match to Rocky River in three games.
Kincannon also credits her parents and older sister, Ashley, who also played for Keystone, for their support in making her the player she is today.
2007 ALL-OHIO TEAMS
Rachael Adams (Cincinnati Mt. Notre Dame senior); Alliya Drzewiecki (Toledo St. Ursula Academy senior); Cassie Farrell (Columbus Bishop Watterson senior); Missy Harpenau (Cincinnati Mother of Mercy senior); Kayla Jeter (Solon senior); Rachel Krabacher (Cincinnati McAuley senior); Brooke Maher (Cincinnati Ursuline Academy senior); Abbie Rees (Cincinnati Mt. Notre Dame senior).
Jenna Caylor (Centerville senior); Jordan Goad (Toledo Notre Dame Academy senior); Michelle James (Cincinnati Mother of Mercy senior); Courtney Jarvis (Amherst senior); Michelle Matia (Magnificat senior); Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard Davidson senior); Emily Shelton (Cincinnati St. Ursula Academy senior); Ashleigh Slemmer (Dublin Coffman.
Kristen DuBroy (Magnificat senior); Jessica Eads (Westerville South senior); Kristen Kidd (Magnificat senior); Claire Lee (Columbus Bishop Watterson senior); Hannah McShea (Marysville junior); Lindsey Nelson (Bowling Green junior); Hannah Veith (Worthington Kilbourne senior); Libby Walter (Cincinnati Seton senior).
AREA HONORABLE MENTION
Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls senior).
Hilary Andrews (Tipp City Tippecanoe senior); Ashley Frazier (Toledo Central Catholic senior); Allison Kearney (Wooster Triway junior); Kari Kincannon (Keystone senior); Ashley Mason (Lake Catholic senior); Amy Scullion (Salem sophomore); Madelyn Shalter (Ottawa-Glandorf senior); Lauren Simon (Norwalk senior).
Keri Daugherty (Warsaw River View junior); Anne Dorff (Walsh Jesuit senior); Brittany Grove (Mansfield Madison senior); Liz Homan (Celina senior); Alaina McAuley (Vincent Warren senior); Casse Mogan (Circleville senior); Emily Ochleng (Columbus Bexley senior); Annalyse Schmitt (Ketering Bishop Alter junior).
Lauren Ferguson (Hubbard senior); Jodi Finchum (Chillicothe Unioto senior); Sarah Hammond (West Holmes junior); Kristin Jamison (Coshocton senior); Kaitlyn Leary (Padua sophomore); Emily Malmisur (Cortland Lakeview senior); Hannah Riley (Minerva senior); Katie Scullion (Salem senior); Teresa Trucco (Columbus Bishop Hartley senior).
Ashey Andrews (Marion Pleasant junior); Kelli Barhorst (Anna senior); Kara Koch (West Salem Northwestern junior); Susie Isphording (Huron senior); Lauren Mackley (Centerburg senior); Justine Raterman (Versailles senior); Sara Sage (Huron senior); Cassie Sowers (Williamsport Westfall senior).
Courtney Boggs (Worthington Christian senior); Hannah Groudle (Villa Angela-St. Joseph senior); Ashley Hughes (Heath senior); Ashley Jordan (Frankfort Adena junior); Taylor Jorris (Woodsfield Monroe Central senior); Kelley Lefeld (Coldwater senior); Lauren Thomas (Albany Alexander senior); Kelsie Zumberger (Anna junior).
Marian Bevington (Rockford Parkway junior); Jessica Blanton (Wheelersburg senior); Shelby Buschur (St. Henry junior); Chelsea Hoffman (St. Bernard Roger Bacon junior); JoJo Krieg (Lima Central Catholic junior); Aysha Nickels (Girard senior); Darcie Smith (West Lafayette Ridgewood senior); Camille Wasserman (Kansas Lakota senior); Lauren Zink (Old Washington Buckeye Trail senior).
Megan Barhorst (Maria Stein Marion Local senior); Amanda Francis (Sidney Fairlawn senior); Andrea Fritz (Norwalk St. Paul senior); Taylor Jones (New Bremen junior); Kristen Nicely (Defiance Ayersville senior); Abby Niekamp (Maria Stein Marion Local senior); Jessica Slagle (Sidney Lehman Catholic senior); Allissa Ware (Jackson Center junior).
Kristin Bergman (Maria Stein Marion Local senior); Christine Dow (Norwalk St. Paul senior); Bethany Hoelscher (Fort Loramie junior); Bonnie Hupp (South Charleston Southeastern senior); Katie McCoy (West Alexandria Twin Valley South senior); Jackie Reinhart (New Riegel senior); Abby Schroeder (Kalida senior); Jordan Stacey (Newark Catholic senior).
Casey Gates (Jackson Center sophomore); Katie Hayman (Reedsville Eastern senior); Laura Hermiller (Pandora-Gilboa senior); Abby Miller (Bucyrus Wynford senior); Elizabeth Patchan (New Philadelphia Tuscarawas Central Catholic senior); Morgan Reineke (New Knoxville junior); Erin Sherman (South Webster junior); Megan Wiler (Edon junior).
2007 OHSVCA COACH OF THE YEAR
AND COACHES ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Coach of the Year: Denise Harvey (Cincinnati Mother of Mercy)
Coaches Achievement Awards: Laurie Cogan (Amherst); Missy Fitzgerald (Solon); Chuck Gleich (Columbus Bishop Watterson); Donna Mechley (Cincinnati Mt. Notre Dame).
Coach of the Year: Don Conser (Salem)
Coaches Achievement Awards: Pat Carus (Tipp City Tippecanoe); Max Miller (Columbus Bishop Hartley); Dennis Murphy (Cincinnati Archbishop McNicholas); Shawn Servick (Bexley).
Coach of the Year: Don Wood (Huron)
Coaches Achievement Awards: Kim Atherton (Marion Pleasant); Sheila Croom (Heath); Bradd Jeffers (Albany Alexander); Jeremy Riley (Versailles).
Coach of the Year: Amy Steininger (Maria Stein Marion Local)
Coaches Achievement Awards: Kim Metz (Jackson Center); Nancy Miller (Norwalk St. Paul); Greg Snipes (Sidney Lehman Catholic); Don Walton and Paul Stoll (Edon).