(October 24th, 2014): Wauseon and Montpelier both found themselves represented when the All-North Western Ohio Athletic League (NWOAL) Teams were announced.
Being named to the First Team All-NWOAL, Lady Indian Kierra Fountain wore many hats for Wauseon. Perhaps the most astounding part of the senior’s game was her serving ability, as she managed 3.4 aces per match against NWOAL opponents, though she had made as many as 7 in a single contest. She could also be a serious threat at the net as well, averaging 8.9 kills in league matches, and was also known to block the occasional enemy attack. Making digs at a rate of 9.7 per conference match, Fountain displayed the ability to be a factor regardless of where she was positioned on the court.
Montpelier’s own Hannah Blake was listed amongst the Second Team All-NWOAL squad. Versatility was the name of her game this past season. Putting up an average of 7 kills a match versus NWOAL foes, Blake was always a threat at the net. Her 9 assists per league contest showed that the junior could put her teammates in a position to succeed with regularity. She could also defend the court quite well, making 9.9 digs against conference opponents. Add to that her average of 1.5 aces per NWOAL match, and one begins to understand just how diversified Blake’s game truly was.
There were also multiple appearances by each unit in the league’s Honorable Mentions to the All-NWOAL teams. Senior Lady Locomotives Christy Duchene and Sidney Houk were awarded that honor. Such respect being shown by league officials should show that, despite not winning an NWOAL match this year, Montpelier was competitive throughout and handled themselves well against a grueling conference in 2014.
Even with a 4-4 record in NWOAL competition, Wauseon still managed to garner three Honorable Mentions. Seniors Sydney Bosell and Sariah Yackee were both given this distinction, as was junior Kallie Stauss. The latter’s inclusion on the list is an impressive accomplishment for Strauss. Of the thirty-five players named to the prestigious post-season list, only nine of them were juniors.
With so many players earning such individual accolades, both Wauseon and Montpelier teams have plenty of which to be proud from the 2014 season.