June 27, 2016


Volleyball: Wadsworth named among the state’s elite

FAIRBORN — Wadsworth outside hitter Peyton Booth added to her list of awards Thursday as she was named third-team All-Ohio in voting by the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association.

The 5-foot-9 senior tri-captain led the Grizzlies to their fourth straight Suburban League championship and their second consecutive Barberton Division I District title.

Wadsworth senior Peyton Booth hits against Hudson in the Hudson Division I Regional semifinals. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDD SMERGLIA)

A fierce competitor, Booth elevated her game as the matches got bigger and averaged 13.0 kills over Wadsworth’s final 10 contests. That figure included a team season-high, 21-kill performance on Oct. 10 at Revere, where the Grizzlies extended their SL unbeaten streak to 57.

Booth also finished third in voting for the district player of the year award, which includes all schools in Medina, Lorain, Portage and Summit Counties.

Walsh Jesuit senior setter — and Brunswick resident — Kyra Coundourides won the honor, while Elyria senior middle hitter Alexis Middlebrooks was second in the balloting.

Joining Booth on the All-District first team in Division I was Grizzlies senior middle hitter Ciera Koons, while Wadsworth sophomore outside hitter Jodi Johnson earned second-team status.

Highland junior middle hitter Mallory Adams, Medina senior outside hitter Ksenia Klue, Cloverleaf senior libero Jessie Lindemeyer, and Highland senior libero Paige Tanzer were honorable mention.

Black River senior setter Emily Cartwright and junior middle hitter Danielle Jenkins were first-team choices in Division III, while junior libero Jamie Hozan gained a second-team spot.

In Division II, Buckeye sophomore setter Katie Galaszewski and junior libero Emily Vozar earned honorable mention recognition. Galaszewski finished one vote shy of being placed on the second team.

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