East well represented in volleyball best hitters list

The eastern side of the state was well represented in a list compiled by Oregonlive of the state’s best hitters. The list was compiled by Rene Ferran and published here.

Allie Hueckman, Burns

5-10, Jr.

Hueckman puts the hops she’s shown off in winning two Class 3A state high jump titles to good use on the volleyball court, recording 381 kills, 495 digs, 46 blocks and 40 aces last year in earning all-Eastern Oregon League honors. This season, she had 314 kills, 220 digs, 31 blocks and 334 aces through Sept. 27. “Allie is continually working to better herself as an athlete,” said Hilanders coach Paula Toney. “Her competitive drive pushes the team to do their best.”

Jayce Seavert, La Grande

5-6, Sr.

Seavert last season led the Tigers to their first Class 4A state tournament appearance since 2013, averaging 2.3 kills and 5.9 digs per set while serving 97 percent with 32 aces in earning second-team all-state honors. She also is a standout catcher for the two-time softball state champions, earning first-team all-state recognition. “Jayce is a fierce competitor and uses that to her advantage on the volleyball court,” said La Grande coach Melinda Becker-Bisenius. “She is an all-around great volleyball player who leads by example. She is always consistent and has exceptional ball control.”

Lily Cooper, Crook County

5-8, Sr.

Cooper received all-Intermountain honorable mention last season in helping the Cowgirls advance to the state tournament in their first year back in Class 5A. Through Sept. 30 this year, she was serving 94 percent with 16 aces and had 72 kills, seven blocks and 78 digs. “Lily is a leader on and off the court and is a great teammate,” Crook County coach Kristy Struck said. “She is always positive and has a goal to leave the program better than she found it.”

Rylee Troutman, Ridgeview

6-0, Sr.

Troutman was a first-team all-Intermountain and second-team all-state hitter who came up big at the Class 5A state tournament in leading the Ravens to a runner-up finish. She finished last season with 621 kills, 413 digs, 40 blocks and 82 aces, and through Sept. 26 this year, the Corban University commit had 193 kills, 116 digs, 23 aces and 13 blocks. “Rylee is a dominant outside hitter who has developed a strong defensive game as well,” said Ridgeview coach Randi Viggiano. “She is a vocal leader on our team and leads her team on and off the court.”

Samantha Silva, Sisters

5-8, Sr.

Silva received Class 4A all-state honorable mention last season playing alongside Sky-Em player of the year and first-team all-state hitter Kendra Sitz, who’s now at Lane Community College. Silva had 135 kills, 184 digs and 20 aces last year, and through Sept. 30 this season, she had 50 kills, 94 digs and 17 aces. “Sam is the senior leader and rock of our team this year,” Outlaws coach Rory Rush said. “Her work ethic and dedication on the court push her teammates to be better. She has incredible court awareness and is a force to be reckoned with, not only offensively but defensively as well.”

Susanna Bailey, Ridgeview

5-11, Sr.

Bailey was a second-team all-Intermountain middle last year, finishing with 172 kills and 80 blocks in helping the Ravens reach the Class 5A final in their first state tournament appearance. She moved outside this season, and the Northwest University commit had 90 kills and 10 blocks through Sept. 26. “Susanna is coming into her own as a go-to strong hitter and blocks well for us across the net,” said Ridgeview coach Randi Viggiano. “I’m excited to see how she continues to grow over the season.”

Sydney Wilson, Heppner

5-8, Jr.

photo credit Kirsti Cason

Wilson twice has received Class 2A all-state honorable mention – as a libero her freshman year and at outside hitter last season, when she had 163 kills, 414 digs and 77 aces in leading the Mustangs to the state playoffs. Through Oct. 2 this year, she had 123 kills, 217 digs and 37 aces (94 percent serving). “Sydney is a passionate player,” said Heppner coach Mindy Wilson. “She works just as hard in practice as she does in games. She has drive and determination and is a well-respected teammate and individual.”

See the full list here.