Lady Mohawk Volleyball Hands Out Awards
The Piggott Lady Mohawk volleyball program held its annual awards dinner Thursday evening at Southern Traditions, and handed-out a variety of honors and recognition. It marked the end to the first campaign under Coach Shelby Slaven, a former Westside and Williams Baptist standout. Assisted by Melissa Hopkins, the senior squad made a return to the state 3A tourney under their guidance, while the junior squad posted a surprising district runner-up finish in the annual tournament.
In greeting those in attendance, Slaven offered thanks for the support she and the team received this season from the parents, community, administration and others.
The coach then introduced the members of the seventh grade team, with Hopkins presenting each with a certificate. She also noted several of them had the chance to practice with the junior high team.
The members of the junior high squad were then introduced, a squad which finished 15-9 and were edged by Trumann in the district tournament finals at PHS. Slaven and Hopkins then handed out the individual honors. Earlning the teammate award was Taylor Smart, while the Mohawk Award went to Kalaya Cole. Emma Riddle was named as the most improved player, Smart was also recipient of the defense award and the offense award went to Grace Hooten. Named as the most valuable player was Elise Gossett.
Gossett, Smart, Hooten and Alyssa Manor were also named All-District, while Emma Langley garnered an All-District honorable mention.
Slaven then introduced the members of the senior high team in attendance, and distributed the honors and recognition to the squad. This year's team made it to the district semi-finals and showed steady improvement from a young roster. They were also the only team to take a conference set against the Hoxie Lady Mustangs, as they were undefeated in 3A-North play on the season.
Pointing to their toughness and perseverance, Slaven handed-out the individual awards and recognition.
Voted by the squad to receive the teammate award was Hayley Springsteen while the Mohawk Award for the 2018 season goes to Carlie Vancil. Gaining recognition as the most improved player was Annalee Massey, though she wasn't in attendance, while the defense award went to Macey Williams and the offense award to Claire Bellers.
Chosen as the most valuable player for this year is Madison “Sassy Rahn.
The conference coaches chose several players for All-Conference recognition, including Rahn, Bellers and Jordan Tate. Those chosen as All-Conference honorable mentions were Harley Earnhart and Bailey Davis. Rahn was also recognized for being named to the 3A All-State Tournament Team for her play.
The squad qualified for the 3A state in October for the first time in several years, after being a part of the postseason bracket for many seasons in a row.
In closing, Slaven noted she looks forward to returning for next year and working with the returning players.