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Volleyball players from Catholic high schools in Diocese of Wilmington take five of nine first-team spots

Sue Heiss gives an interview after the 2017 DIAA volleyball state championship match at the Bob Carpenter Center. Heiss has been named the volleyball coach of the year. Photo courtesy of Ursuline Academy

Sue Heiss was named Delaware’s high school volleyball coach of the year in her last season at the helm of the Ursuline Raiders. Ursuline went 9-8, reaching the semifinal round of the DIAA state tournament. The coach of the year and all-state teams were announced Nov. 17 by the Delaware High School Volleyball Coaches Association.

The player of the year is Brenya Reid of Sussex Central. Reid, a senior, will play college volleyball at James Madison University, where one of her teammates will be former Delaware all-state player Dani Nathan.

Reid is joined on the first team by the following players:

Brooke Dow, senior, Saint Mark’s; Mya Lewis, senior, Saint Mark’s; Audrey Lyons, senior, Padua; Meghan Peters, senior, Padua; Julia Yurkovich, junior, Saint Mark’s; Abby Carian, senior, Wilmington Friends; Reagan Mendick, senior, Red Lion; and Jocelyn Nathan, junior, Wilmington Friends.

Second team

Nicole Dimiris, senior, Saint Mark’s; Taylor Holly, sophomore, Saint Mark’s; Katie Sonchen, senior, Saint Mark’s; Kimberly Czepukaitis, senior, Dover; Kaylee Longueira, senior, Delaware Military; Reena Robinson, senior, Wilmington Friends; Emma Staib, senior, Concord; and Anjali Vishwanathan, senior, Wilmington Charter.

Third team

Hannah Kelley, junior, Ursuline; Natalie Bush, senior, Wilmington Friends; Laila Glover, junior, Caravel; Christina Marcin, senior, Wilmington Charter; Morgan Nolte, senior, Middletown; McKenna Ritchie, junior, Newark Charter; Chloe Sachs, junior, Tower Hill; Sierra Troyer, senior, Delmarva Christian; and Rileigh Wilson, senior, Cape Henlopen.

Newark won the sportsmanship award from the coaches.