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Congratulations to the 2013 State Champions
Class A - East Grand Rapids
Class B - Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
Class C - Grand Rapids Covenant Christian
Class D - Battle Creek St.Philip
Carli Snyder, Macomb Dakota named Miss Volleyball 2013
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Minutes before a red-faced and surprised Carli Snyder walked into a roomful of her teammates at Macomb Dakota to receive the state's Miss Volleyball award, mom Sheila Snyder wanted the world to know her daughter's greatest attribute.
"The volleyball is great, and we're so proud of her,'' said Sheila, the tennis coach at Wayne State. "But what's more important is Carli is a great person. She loves her teammates and she's a humble person.
"Michigan Elite also had a great deal to do with her development as a player. They played all across the country.''
A bad left ankle, sustained when she landed awkwardly on a teammate against Lake Orion, and rival Romeo kept Snyder from winning a second straight state title this season.
But coach Tracie Ferguson thinks this award will soften the blow, a little.
The 6-foot-1 Snyder received the award in a landslide vote today from the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association.
The Florida-bound senior (she committed to the Gators when she was 15) received 326 votes. In second place was four-year starter Sierra Hubbard-Neil of Battle Creek St. Philip, with 126. Jessie Kopmeyer of Birmingham Marian was third, with 87. Holly Toliver of Berrien Springs was fourth, with 75, and Alyssa Garvelink fifth, with 60.
"I thought I was in trouble because of my attendance,'' a smiling Carli said of today's surprise ceremony. "I'm freaking out. I'm shaking. It was tough to take a loss in the state tournament way sooner than we would've hoped, but it's good that we have great support.''
A four-time player of the year in the Macomb Area Conference and the 2012 Gatorade player of the year, Snyder finished her illustrious career with school records of 2,703 kills, 1,851 digs and 491 aces. Along the way, she became a member of the USA Junior Olympic Team and was named that team's MVP. She also was named a first-team All-America by Under Armour.
Not bad for a youngster who still plays in the backyard with sister Kelsey, brother Cale and dad Bill, a teacher at Dakota.
"She knew the caliber of girls that were up for the award, and I think she would've been happy if anyone of those young ladies had won it,'' Bill Snyder said. "I think she feels really honored to be in that group.''
Ferguson found out about the award Saturday and only informed Sheila Snyder on Sunday.
"She worked for everything she has gotten,'' Ferguson said. "She helped lead us to our first state championship. She has done more than enough and is more than deserving.''
Sheila Snyder said her daughter still isn't 100% recovered from her injury, which cost a couple of inches on her vertical jump when she did return.
"It has been tough; it has been a tough recovery back,'' Carli said. "I just wanted to be with my team during it, and they were very supportive. It was a quicker recovery than I could have hoped. I was pleased with how quickly everything came along. It's still stiff in the morning and it's still stiff when I play, but it's getting there and it's loosening up.''
Good friend and libero Natalie Janes said: "I think it was really hard on her because she couldn't be there to play with us, especially with it being her senior year. We all know how badly she wanted to be on the court. Plus, Carli's such a competitive person that not being able to be out there really crushed her. I think she really handed it well and she came back just as good as she was."
MISS VOLLEYBALL 2013 RESULTS
|Carli Snyder||Macomb Dakota||326|
|Sierra Hubbard-Neil||Battle Creek St. Philip||126|
|Holly Toliver||Berrien Springs||75|
|Alyssa Garvelink||Holland Christian||60|
|Christina Porada||Divine Child||45|
|Maeve McDonald||East Grand Rapids||41|
|Paige O’Connor||Forest Hills Northern||39|
|Krysteena Davis||Grand Haven||26|
|Jami Hogeboom||Grand Haven||22|
Congratuations to the our 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees
Jim Fish of North Branch
Loretta Vogel, Farmington Hills Mercy
Special Recoginition Award Winner