Julia Yurkovich of Saint Mark’s High School has been named the 2022 Delaware volleyball player of the year by the Delaware High School Volleyball Coaches Association. Yurkovich, a senior, led the Spartans to a 17-2 record and their fourth consecutive appearance in the state championship match, which was won by Tower Hill on Nov. 14.
Yurkovich played all six positions for the Spartans. A member of the varsity for all four high school years, she has signed to play at Division I Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.
Taylor Holly, a junior libero for the Spartans, also earned first-team honors. The other first-team selections include Chloe Sachs, senior, Tower Hill; Anna Richardson, senior, Smyrna; Laila Glover, senior, Caravel; McKenna Ritchie, senior, Newark Charter; Jocelyn Nathan, senior, Wilmington Friends; and Elaina Millaway, sophomore, Delmarva Christian.
Ava Borcky, a junior at Saint Mark’s, is a member of the second team, as is Archmere Academy junior Katie Kuehl. They are joined by Alexis Parkinson, junior, Appoquinimink; Molly Pietlock, junior, Tower Hill; Alexandra Mardesich, senior, Caesar Rodney; Eliza Schneider, junior, Red Lion Christian; Camryn Ehlers, senior, Indian River; and Janiece Lumpkin, senior, Middletown.
Three Catholic school athletes are on the third team. They are Hannah Kelley, a senior at Ursuline Academy; Padua Academy senior Mandy Quinn; and Saint Mark’s freshman Maddi Way. Way was the only freshman to be named to an all-state team. The balance of the third team includes Meghan Mumford, sophomore, Tower Hill; Nancy Evans, senior, Tatnall; Ellie Millaway, senior, Delmarva Christian; Carly Timblin, junior, Smyrna; Megan Smith, senior, Cape Henlopen; Lila Seiler, senior, Newark Charter; Kate Hines, sophomore, Delaware Military; and Alayna Dorst, senior, Middletown.
Mike Sachs of state champion Tower Hill was named the coach of the year.