Jamestown, Grafton and Lafayette Volleyball Players Name All-Conference

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Maria Esch earned Conference 18 Player of the Year. (file photo)
Maria Esch earned Conference 18 Player of the Year. (File Photo)

Volleyball players from Jamestown, Grafton and Lafayette claimed every spot on the Conference 18 first team Monday.

Jamestown had five first-team selections, including Conference 18 Player of the Year Maria Esch, who ranks second in Group 4A with 354 digs.

Also making the first team for Jamestown was Ellie Popelka, Emma Schriner, Maggie Viniard and Gen Allison.

“All five of them have been integral parts of our success this year winning a Bay Rivers and Conference 18 championships,” Jamestown Coach Tom Stephenson said.

Grafton had three players earn first-team honors. Rachel Blitt, Kaitlyn Young and Samantha Heard also received top distinctions in the district.

Finally, Lafayette junior Abby Oren rounded out the first-team selections.

Three Grafton players — Sophia Beaudoin, Brooke Parker and Ansley Ashby — were named second-team selections. Jamestown also added three second-team players in Madison Pettengell, Madison Spence and Marissa Campbell.

Lafayette had two players make the Conference 18 second team — senior Julia Howard and Kelly Carroll.

Below are the full Conference 18 selections.

Coach of the Year

Karissa Cumberbatch, Grafton

Player of the Year

Maria Esch, Jamestown

First Team

Maria Esch, junior, Jamestown
Rachel Blitt, senior, Grafton
Ellie Popelka, junior, Jamestown
Kaitlyn Young, senior, Grafton
Emma Schriner, sophomore, Jamestown
Abby Oren, junior, Lafayette
Maggie Viniard, junior, Jamestown
Samantha Heard, junior, Grafton
Gen Allison, senior, Jamestown

Second Team

Sophia Beaudoin, senior, Grafton
Brooke Parker, junior, Grafton
Madison Pettengell, sophomore, Jamestown
Madison Spence, senior, Jamestown
Julia Howard, senior, Lafayette
Marissa Campbell, sophomore, Jamestown
Kelly Carroll, junior, Lafayette
Morgan Ryan, senior, Heritage
Ansley Ashby, sophomore, Grafton