December 4, 2012

B'town, AuSable dominate volleyball stars

PLATTSBURGH — PThe Beekmantown Eagles garnered two top honors in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference volleyball for the 2012 season with Shannon Ryan earning Most Valuable Player and Shana Hileman sharing Coach of the Year with AuSable Valley’s Sandy Hoey.

Nineteen players were named as to the CVAC volleyball all-star team with Beekmantown and AuSable Valley both landing four players on the elite squad.

Plattsburgh earned three stars while Saranac and Northern Adirondack both had two selections apiece. Peru Central was awarded the Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award. All All-Star selections, coaching and school awards are chosen by the coaches of the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference.

Most Valuable Player

Shannon Ryan (Beekmantown) – In only her third season playing volleyball, Ryan established herself as an offensive machine in Section VII. As a middle hitter, she averaged 13 kills, 10 points, seven digs and four blocks per game. Ryan led the Eagles in kills and kill percentage and had a season-high 19 kills in the team’s regional playoff game against Johnstown. In the sectional championship, she also had four blocks with nine kills. Adding to her MVP nod, Ryan earned a Second Team All-State Class B selection. Along with her hitting and blocking skills, the sophomore was the team’s most consistent server. While an offensive threat, Ryan will show her defensive side next season with the Eagles losing their libero to graduation.

Coach of the Year

Shana Hileman (Beekmantown) – Hileman guided the Eagles to another impressive season. The squad went 17-1 and did not lose a match until the sub-regional round of the NYSPHSAA tournament. The Eagles cruised through the regular season and swept Peru en route to the Section VII Class B championship. During her seven seasons as head coach, Hileman has compiled a 111-21 record. A competitive coach who is eager to lead, she took off only three days for the birth of her second child. In addition to her coaching duties, Hileman also co-runs the Volleyball Academy and Junior Digger summer instructional and development camps with her sister and fellow coach, Kaylen Fessette.

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