(12-29-16) The MaxPreps 2016 Small Schools All-American Girls Volleyball Team features a Stateline area player and a coach.
The MAC Player of the Year, New Bremen Outside Hitter Junior Paige Jones, was named first team All-American. Jones was named the District, Region player of the year and was first team All-State averaging 8.8 kills, her kill average was the best in the nation for players who played in 50 or more sets. She also served for 121 (1.4 per set average) aces, recorded 2.8 digs and 4.8 serve receptions in 89 sets. Thanks to Jones the 23-4 Cardinals reached the regional finals before losing to eventual State Champion Jackson Center.
Jackson Center Head Coach Kim Metz who led Jackson Center to a 30-0 record and the Ohio Division IV state championship for the second year in a row. Metz also picked up her 500th career coaching win this season.
The Tigers were led by all-state seniors Camryn Hoehne, Cassie Meyer and Alicia Kessler.
Coach Kim Metz talks about the accomplishment and her 29 year career:
I drive to all of my away contests for 26 of the 29 years. I’m not sure if that’s characteristic of many coaches. It keeps my mind clear and I don’t have to worry about waiting. When we are ready to go, we go.
I still wash my team’s uniforms. Not sure how many years and I’ve only forgotten to bring them for one game. Had to call a parent to pick them up at my house to bring before our game. Yes, it was away!
My husband video’s almost all of my matches. It’s a joint venture.
Can’t say enough about the teams I’ve had the privilege to coach! They have worked hard to make to build the program year in and year out. Everyone of them own the team’s they have played on.
Jackson Center is a great place to live and thrive. The support from school and community is amazing. It’s the only place I’ve coached. Can’t imagine being anywhere else.