When a volleyball team wins 19 games and a sectional title, there are usually plenty of awards to go around after the season.
This was the case for the Marietta Tigers, who saw five players and their coach receive postseason recognition.
Senior setter Kaitlyn Cozzens highlighted the group by being named honorable mention All-Ohio, as well as first team All-District and All-ECOL. Cozzens routinely led the team assists while establishing herself as one of the top setters in the area.
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Marietta’s Haley Bonar (22) and Kristen Hill (24) each received postseason honors.
"She's a kid that just works hard," said Marietta head coach Ron Kidder. "She always plays in the offseason and she pushes herself everyday. She's a smart kid with a great work ethic."
Kidder, who led the Lady Tigers to an ECOL championship this season, took home some hardware as well, being named Coach of the Year in Division II and the ECOL. Kidder joked "I guess they've got to give it to somebody."
"I'm honored to get this," the coach continued. "It really has to do with how well our team did. I give a lot of the credit to the girls."
Senior outside hitter Kristen Hill was named to the first team All-District and All-ECOL teams. Hill, who was an honorable mention All-ECOL selection last season, was consistently a force around the net for the Lady Tigers this fall.
"Kristen put four years of hard work in for us," Kidder said. "She was all over the court this year. She really stepped up for us."
Other Lady Tigers receiving postseason recognition were senior Lexi Walsh, junior Gracie Haas and senior Haley Bonar.
Walsh, a libero, was named to the second team All-ECOL for the second straight season, in addition to earning second team All-District honors. Haas was second team All-ECOL and honorable mention All-District, while Bonar was an honorable mention All-ECOL pick.
"One thing I can say about our team is that they all worked hard," Kidder said. "They're great kids to coach. I'm going to miss the five seniors. They were leaders for us. The underclassmen really learned a lot from them, which is going to help the program remain strong."
The Warren Warriors saw two players receive district honors, as senior Emma Ryan was a second team All-District pick while senior Amy Fleming earned honorable mention All-District honors.
The Lady Warriors, led by head coach Dan Anderson, fed off of Ryan and Fleming all season long, as each player caused havoc around the net.
The Lady Wildcats of Waterford, led by head coach Jandy Drayer, enjoyed a successful season on the court, winning a sectional title before bowing out to Eastern in a district final match.
Waterford saw senior outside hitter Brooke Drayer take home Division IV Player of the Year honors. Drayer, who had a dominating season for the Wildcats, also was awarded Most Valuable Player in the TVC-Hocking division.
Waterford also saw senior Chelsey Paxton, an outside hitter, earn first team All-District and All-TVC honors. Joining Paxton and Drayer on the All-TVC list was junior setter Alyssa Miller. Miller was one of the league leaders in assists.
Senior Kelsie Rinard represented Frontier by earning honorable mention All-Ohio honors. Rinard, an outside hitter, helped lead the Lady Cougars to a sectional championship in 2012.
Belpre was represented by junior Taryn Carr and sophomore Brianna Owen.
Carr, a middle hitter, earned first team All-TVC honors while Owen received honorable mention All-District honors.