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HIGH SHCOOL VOLLEYBALL: ELMIRA'S HOOEY HEADLINES TERRIFIC 10 VOLLEYBALL ALL-STARS (2023-12-03)

By Brian Fees
Southern Tier Sports Report
The Sectional final this year was a five-set showdown between Elmira and Corning, with the Express coming out on top for their first ever sectional title.

As we look at the all-Southern Tier Volleyball all-star team it’s Corning and Elmira players who highlight the teams, sweeping the major awards between the two teams.

Piper Hooey was a dominant force for the Express in their history making season. She was an all-state pick, a STAC West All-Star and the Division I commit is the all-Southern Tier Sports Report Player of the Year.

Hooey, who will play at LeMoyne next year, played her best in the biggest spots, helping key the Express run this year.

For the Express it was often a dynamic 1-2 punch at the net with Hooey and Madisen Jones. Jones was not only a force with her kills, but dominant with blocks at the net and she’s this year’s defensive player of the year. She was also an all-state pick this year and an all-conference pick.

Another all-state pick this year, Gracee Work of Corning, was an all-conference pick as well as all-state. She had 109 kills and 170 digs, with 40 aces and she is this year’s offensive player of the year.

Losseki (Sam) Molingou was a dominant force as a freshman. Midway through the season she found herself in the starting lineup and she had 27 blocks and 88 kills while only playing 30 sets on the year. She is the newcomer of the year.

The Elmira Express made history, reaching their first sectional final, and winning their first sectional title. Head coach Danielle Dille and assistant Jennifer Leonberger are this year’s coaching staff of the year.

TERRIFIC TEN ALL-STARS
* Hooey: A dominant force for the Express this year. A fifth-team all-state pick, and this year’s all-STSR Player of the Year. A Lemoyne commit to play D1 volleyball.

* Jones: Not only a force with her kills, but dominant with blocks at the net and she’s this year’s defensive player of the year. She was also an all-state pick this year and an all-conference pick.

* Work: Was an all-conference pick as well as all-state. She had 109 kills and 170 digs, with 40 aces and she is this year’s offensive player of the year.

* Hannah Smith, Corning: An all-conference pick. After missing part of her junior year with an injury she came back and had 102 kills, 136 digs and 42 aces in 42 sets this year.

* Adrianna Calbi, Horseheads: A key performer for the Blue Raiders, leading the team in kills this year. An all-division pick this season.

* Kiersten McCarthy, Horseheads: Had over 200 assists in leading the Blue Raiders this season. An all-division pick.

* Addisyn Chorney, Elmira: A key component of Elmira’s success this year. An all-division all-star in the STAC who helped lead the Express to a sectional title.

* Piper Emmick, Corning: An all-division pick she had 265 assists, 22 kills, 92 digs and 19 aces in 40 sets.

* Maycie Bennett, Edison: Had 62 digs and 61 aces this year for the Express as a setter/right side hitter.

* Gabby Milazzo, Edison: Had 119 digs and 20 kills on the season for the Spartans.

Player of the year: Piper Hooey, Elmira
Defensive Player of the year: Madisen Jones, Elmira
Offensive Player of the year: Gracee Work, Corning
Newcomer of the year: Losseki (Sam) Molingou, Corning
Coaching staff of the year: Elmira

FIVE TO WATCH NEXT YEAR:
(Players who weren’t all-stars this year, but could be next year).
Charlee Stroman, Edison
Ava Dennard, Elmira
Anna Ruhmel, Horseheads
Maddie Wood, Corning
Evelyn Starns, Corning

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