Tigers’ Yancy BEC Player of the Year

Tigers’ Schaller, Bubolz, Yancy on All-BEC first team
by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

SAM YANCY SAM YANCY Senior Sam Yancy was voted the Big East Conference Player of the Year for the 2016 girls volleyball season by the BEC coaches.

Yancy and teammates Brittany Schaller and Taylor Bubolz, both seniors, are unanimous picks on the All-BEC first team for the second straight season. Schaller was also an all-conference first-team pick as a sophomore in 2014 when the Tigers played in the former Central Lakeshore Conference.

The Tigers, who won a BEC division title and the league tourney, have two second-team players in seniors Olivia Stauss and Emily Schmid. Also earning all-league recognition for HG is senior Addi Gerber on the honorable mention squad.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters have one All-BEC selection in senior outside hitter Claire Feldmann who earned honorable mention.

The other first-team repeaters are senior Kristen Paulus of Random Lake and senior Ellie Kaat of Cedar Grove-Belgium.

BRITTANY SCHALLER BRITTANY SCHALLER Yancy, an outside hitter, had an impressive 563 kills for the overall season. She contributed 56 solo blocks, 793 passing points, 348 digs, 59 ace serves and 88.9-percent serving accuracy.

“Sam was voted as Player of the Year in the Big East and is very well deserving. Sam learned early on that her vocal leadership on the court was just as important as her physical skills,” said Tiger head coach Brett Damrow.

“Going into Sam’s senior year we asked her to change and develop several new technical skills. Definitely not easy to change but she met the challenges head on and they helped her reach new heights.”

Schaller, a libero (back-row specialist), had 15 kills, seven assists, 1,117 passing points, 64 aces, 506 digs and 93.2-percent serving.

“Brit is a tremendous athlete that really grew into a great volleyball player. She is one of the most consistent athletes I’ve coached in 15 years,” said Damrow.

TAYLOR BUBOLZ TAYLOR BUBOLZ “She showed up every day of practice for four straight years always with a smile and wanting to be pushed to get better. But we didn’t have to push very hard because she is very internally driven. She is extremely steady and doesn’t rattle easy.”

Bubolz, a setter, totaled an outstanding 1,065 assists, 101 kills, 18 passing points, 63 aces, 92.1-percent serving and 202 digs.

“Taylor showed some of the biggest gains in her development over her career. Setters are asked to handle a lot in our program, not only physically but more importantly mentally,” said Damrow.

“Taylor grew as a player in every aspect of game. She really bought into the idea of being an aggressive setter and worked to change many intangible things.”

Stauss, an outside hitter, contributed 271 kills, 12 solo blocks, 969 passing points, 71 aces, 350 digs and 85.3-percent serving.

“Olivia is the best description of a blue-collar athlete. She does everything asked of her with a smile and without complaint or hesitation. She usually played her best in the biggest moments,” Damrow pointed out.

Schmid, a defensive specialist, had 147 passing points and 176 digs.

“Emily came in as a raw, quick athlete and left as a confident volleyball player and most importantly a leader. Emily was a quiet leader and never backed away from a challenge,” Damrow noted.

Gerber, a middle blocker, contributed 146 kills, 32 solo blocks, eight passing points, three aces, 71.4-percent serving and 21 digs.

“Addi is extremely internally driven. Addi did everything the program asked of her and more. She entered our program as an athlete and left as a mature person with aspirations of playing in college,” said the coach.

“This group of athletes [[Tigers’ All-BEC players] has had a huge impact on my life and I want to greatly thank them for their hard work and dedication. They have definitely left their mark and look forward to watch their continued growth as young ladies.

“The entire coaching staff and especially coach Damrow and his family want to thank the entire community for their amazing and unwavering support. We never will forget it,” said Damrow.

The Tigers won the Division 3 state championship this past season.

“First and foremost I’m extremely proud of all 15 athletes that made up our varsity team this year. They accomplished so many great achievements this year with memories that will last forever,” said the Tiger coach.

“They pushed each other on and off the court to be better athletes and people. Without the support of their teammates the accolades of the [All-BEC] athletes would not be possible.” Tigers’ Schaller, Bubolz, Yancy on All-BEC first team

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