Spike in competition

Area volleyball teams well-represented on all-CSAA team

REED CITY — With the level of competition between the teams in the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) this season, the overall strength of the league was highlighted with the release of the all-league volleyball team for 2013. Between the 30 selections on both the first team and the honorable mentions, the most selections a team had was White Cloud with five players making the cut while the lowest number came from Newaygo, which had just one selection. The balance in the conference was also on display among the selections for the local teams. Among the local teams, Reed City (8-1) and Chippewa Hills (7-2) led the way with both teams having four selections between the first team and honorable mentions after finishing second and third respectively in the league. Reed City's Alaina Woodard and Jacolyn Mullins were both named to the first team while Heather Tacey and Michaela Reed both were named honorable mentions for the Coyotes. Making the first team for the Warriors were Hannah Guy and Olivia Wolfe while Hali Earl and Morgan Koziarz made the cut as honorable mentions. Chippewa Hills coach Abby Snyder said while any coach would always like to get more players selected for all-league recognition, the coaches in the CSAA mostly do a good job of selecting the players who deserve the recognition. "There's always a couple selections you look at and wonder about but for the most part, the coaches know the players and how they rank and how their stats stack up," she said. "Of course I would have liked to see them choose more of our players, but I'm definitely proud and happy that four of my girls made the team." Snyder said she wished she had more players selected for last year's team, but was especially happy that Koziarz finally made the cut before she heads off to play volleyball at Lake Superior State University next fall. "I was happy to see (Koziarz) at least on the list," she said. "I thought she could have made the first team, but it's nice to see her get the recognition." Despite winning an 11th-straight CSAA title with a 9-0 conference record this season, Morley Stanwood only had three selections, Kayla Rosman, Mekayla Carey and Lindsey Veersma, but all three were first-team selections. "Out of all the kids that were put up for (nomination), I was happy with the girls we had and thought they were deserving," Morley Stanwood coach Robin Kozuch said. "Do I wish we could have got more selections? Of course. Any coach feels like that." With a team like the league champion Mohawks only getting three selections, Kozuch said this year's selections show just how good the CSAA has become from top to bottom. "I absolutely think our league has improved," she said. "Our match against Chippewa Hills this season is an example of how many skilled players are in this league. You look at Reed City, too, and these other teams and there's a lot of great individual players on these teams." Kozuch said it's the offseason work that many of the players who make the all-league list put in that makes the CSAA a strong league. "We were at the league meeting and you look at the selections and about 90 percent of those kids were all spending time working during the offseason," she said. "I think three-fourths of those kids played club volleyball for (Kozuch's husband Matt) during the summer. The goal of club volleyball is to make our whole league stronger and you see that in the selections." Like the Mohawks, Big Rapids (5-4) also had three total selections, with Lauren Maginnis making on the first team and Cara Jensen and Madeline White being named honorable mentions. "Lauren works year-round on setting and conditioning and being selected to the first team is just one of the rewards for that hard work," Big Rapids coach Chris Jensen said. "Cara finished 13th in the voting, just one position off of the first team. That shows the respect she had around the conference. "(Madeline) carried our team offensively," he continued. "She has the potential to dominate games. Several times this year, she did just that." CSAA First Team Kayla Rosman, Morley Stanwood Hannah Guy, Chippewa Hills Maria Feldpausch, White Cloud Olivia Wolfe, Chippewa Hills Lauren Maginnis, Big Rapids Alaina Woodard, Reed City Mekayla Carey, Morley Stanwood Jacolyn Mullins, Reed City Lindsey Veersma, Morley Stanwood Elizabeth Feldpausch, White Cloud Rachel Younts, Holton Estelle Molitor, Lakeview Honorable Mention Cara Jensen, Big Rapids Autumn Redman, White Cloud Hali Earl, Chippewa Hills Hannah Hollenbeck, Central Montcalm Miranda Manchip, White Cloud Heather Tacey, Reed City Madeline White, Big Rapids Ann Karwoski, Central Montcalm Mariah Stitt, Hesperia Morgan Koziarz, Chippewa Hills Molly Heitman, Newaygo Jacki Stone, Holton Lauren Zeerip, Hesperia Michaela Reed, Reed City Rachel Weaver, White Cloud Mackenzie Oberlin, Lakeview Savannah Case, Central Montcalm Vaugh Martins, Lakeview