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Lincoln’s Kellar, Lathrop are named all-PVL

Brumbaugh, an outside hitter, earns honorable mention
By: Russ Edmondson The News Messenger
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Lincoln High’s varsity volleyball team had three players honored by the Pioneer Valley League for their play this season. Seniors Julia Lathrop (middle hitter) and Shannon Kellar (libero) were picked as all-Pioneer Valley League while senior Rebekah Brumbaugh (outside hitter) received an honorable mention. Twelve PVL players were picked as all-PVL plus one MVP. “For the two that I got to be all league I was pleasantly surprised,” Lincoln coach Mandy Retallack said. “There were 26 players nominated and to get two on there I was shocked that I got both. I knew that I would get Shannon but Julia missed half the league season (with an ankle injury).” The Zebras finished 10-12 overall and 3-9 in the PVL this year. Kellar led the team with 268 digs, more than double of any other player. “Basically she was the back bone of our defense,” Retallack said. “Other coaches commented on our (good defense) and that is mainly because of her. Not only can she dig but she can pass wherever it needs to be. And her serving was awesome too.” Lathrop was second to Brumbaugh with 126 kills despite missing time with the ankle injury. She tied teammate Hailey Balli with 48 blocks. “She’s a really strong hitter and blocker all around,” Retallack said. “Athletically she’s one of the strongest girls we have and she loves to play the game and has a lot of fun but her leadership skills, leading by example, were great.” Brumbaugh led the team in aces (45) and kills (137) and was second in digs (133). “She’s a really strong all-around player – she barely came off the court for us,” Retallack said. “A really powerful hitter and she improved a lot defensively this year. And she’s very strong in her passing.” The team also had their banquet on Tuesday night and all three players were given awards, voted on by their teammates. Kellar was named Defensive Player of the Year, Lathrop was Offensive Player of the Year and Brumbaugh was the Most Consistent.