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Lady Pintos volleyball celebrate season at annual banquet

by Evan Holmes | November 16, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.
(Democrat photo/Evan Holmes) California head coach Julie Bailey makes an impactful speech to open the season-ending banquet on Sunday night.

California Lady Pintos volleyball put together another strong season in 2022 and got to celebrate all their accomplishments Sunday night at their annual end of the season banquet.

Head coach Julie Bailey started off the night by giving special thanks to all of the players and parents for all the sacrifices they put into the season. One of the biggest ovations of the night went to sophomore student manager Ava Bryant, who has been responsible for helping the Lady Pintos behind the scenes by keeping track of statistics, and providing help where Bailey and assistant coach Erika DeMoss need it. After Bryant was recognized and awarded for her hard work, Bailey got to the award ceremony for the players.

The JV B team received their awards first. JV B went 10-3 in the 2022 season, defeating high-caliber teams like Capital City, Cole Camp and Eldon. On Sunday night, sophomore Lexy Messerli won the digging and passing awards. Freshman Addison Carr won the blocking and hitting awards. Sophomore Rebekah Inglish won the serving award, and sophomore Regan Cain won the setting award.

The JV A team won 19 of 26 matches this season. Under the direction of coach DeMoss, JV A also defeated top-notch opponents, such as Eugene, Cole Camp, Versailles, Hickman and Rolla. However, the best victory for JV A came in the season-opening Tri-County Conference Tournament, when they defeated arch-rival Blair Oaks 2-0 to win the tournament. At the awards ceremony, freshman Claire Peterson took home the hitting and setting awards. Sophomore Amberlie Traver was a two-time award winner on Sunday, winning the digging and serving awards. Freshman Tayte Higgins won the blocking award, and freshman Amelia Motley won the best setter award.

Varsity volleyball had themselves one of the best seasons in program history. California went a historic 31-3-1, a team record for wins in a season. Along the way, California won all three of their regular-season tournaments. Three of California's seniors, Lauren Friedrich, Emma Whitson and Abby Trachsel finished their careers with 106 total wins.

On Sunday, the awards for best server and best setter went to Whitson, who had 73 aces and 510 assists on the season. Friedrich won the award for best hitter with 363 kills on the season. Friedrich also had the second-highest hitting percentage in Class 3 volleyball, spiking the ball on 49 percent of her hits. Trachsel won the best digging award with 332 digs. Junior Isabella Kincaid won the award for best passer, with 257 total passes and only nine errors. Junior Macie Trimble rounded out the varsity awards ceremony by taking home the award for best blocker with 73 blockers.

When the All-Conference, All-District and All-State teams were announced this week, California had players on all three teams. Trimble was an honorable mention for the All-Conference and All-District teams. Trachsel was an All-Conference team honorable mention and a member of the second-team All District squad. Whitson was named second-team All-Conference and first-team All-District. Friedrich and Kincaid were both named first-team All-Conference, first-team All-District, and the All-State team.

photo The Lady Pintos volleyball varsity team award winners. From left to right: Junior Macie Trimble (All-Conference & All-District Honorable Mention), Senior Abby Trachsel (All-Conference Honorable Mention & 2nd-Team All-District), Senior Lauren Friedrich (1st-Team All-Conference & 1st-Team All District), Senior Emma Whitson (2nd-Team All Conference & 1st-Team All District), and Junior Isabella Kincaid (1st-Team All-Conference & 1st-Team All District). (Democrat photo/Evan Holmes)
photo The Lady Pintos volleyball JV A team awards winners. From left to right: Freshman Claire Peterson (Best Hitter & Best Server), Freshman Tayte Higgins (Best Blocker), Sophomore Amberlie Traver (Best Digger & Best Passer), and Freshman Amelia Motley (Best Setter). (Democrat photo/Evan Holmes)
photo The Lady Pintos volleyball JV B team awards winners. From left to right: Sophomore Lexy Messerli (Best Digger & Best Passer) and Sophomore Regan Cain (Best Setter). Not pictured: Freshman Addison Carr (Best Hitter & Best Setter) and Sophomore Rebekah Inglish (Best Server). (Democrat photo/Evan Holmes)

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