PREP VOLLEYBALL: Menary named league MVP after stellar season
With power, grace and elite skill Faith Menary shined on the volleyball court for the Nevada Union Lady Miners this season.
The coaches in the Foothill Valley League took notice as Menary was named the 2019 FVL MVP.
“It’s not just her skills, but she brings camaraderie to the group,” Nevada Union head coach Chrys Dudek said of Menary after a playoff win in early November. “It’s not just about when she gets that big kill, it’s not just about when she’s serving well — she helps pull the girls together. When she feels confident, the girls feel confident with her.”
The talented outside hitter and team captain led not only the FVL and Sac-Joaquin Section in kills, but was No. 1 in the state with 656, according to MaxPreps.com. In her three three-year varsity career with the Lady Miners, she tallied an impressive 1,150 kills.
The Louisiana Tech commit also led the Lady Miners in aces (103), digs (204) and serve-receive (679).
Menary wasn’t only the Lady Miner to receive league honors as Emerson Dunbar, Kendall Hughes and Kailee McLaughlin were all named the All-FVL Team.
McLaughlin, a junior middle, was a standout at the net and led the Lady Miners in total blocks with 164. She also tallied 215 kills on the season.
Hughes, a senior setter and team captain, doled out 1,353 assists during the year, which ranked her first in California, according to MaxPreps.com.
Dunbar, a senior hitter and team captain, finished the season with 225 kills, 62 aces and 148 digs.
Nevada Union senior libero Kendall Gould and junior oppo hitter Kayda Kinch were both All FVL Honorable Mentions.
The Lady Miners went 42-12 on the season and 8-2 in FVL play, finishing second behind Lincoln. The Zebras head coach Jeff Deter was named the FVL Coach of the Year.
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