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Kurowski, Mason top All-State nods


by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

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Inter-Lakes sophomore Amanda Kurowski earned an impressive All-State First-Team selection in Division III after a breakout season for the Lakers. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
November 17, 2014
REGION The high school volleyball season wrapped up earlier this month, with tournaments mainly holding to form. In Division II, top-seeded Windham earned a state championship with a 3-0 sweep of Milford. In Division III, top-seeded and undefeated Nute capped off its second consecutive title with a 3-0 victory over Farmington in the finals.

With the seasons now completed, the New Hampshire Volleyball Coaches Association released its annual list of All-State teams. While the Lakes Region had just one Final Four team this fall (Gilford) after putting three in a year ago, the local teams were well-represented on the lists. Here's a look at winners.

Division II

The Golden Eagles made their 21st consecutive trip to the semifinals, eventually falling to second-seeded Milford at Pinkerton Academy. That Milford team featured Division II Player of the Year Olivia Rougeau, while Beth Solan was named the JV Coach of the Year. Windham, the state champs, got a Coach of the Year win for head coach Jill Bartlett.

After a stellar season, Gilford had two players selected to the All-State squads. Leading the way was junior outside hitter Jordan Dean, who found a spot on the First Team after a season in which she reached the 500 career kill mark in the preliminary round of the D-II tournament against John Stark.

Classmate Maddie Harris was the other Eagles to earn All-State accolades, as the middle hitter was named to the Second Team.

Division III

Defending champion Nute was the expected favorite entering the season, and the Rams held true to form, powering through the regular season undefeated and winning four playoff matches to earn its second straight crown.

Nute swept the top awards, with Kristin Wilson winning the D-III Coach of the Year and Alisha Flanagan taking the Player of the Year honor. Four coaches were given JV Coach of the Year, with Inter-Lakes JV coach Kristen Williams representing the locals on that list.

The D-III First Team All-State squad had three Lakes Region players selected. Inter-Lakes sophomore middle Amanda Kurowski, Moultonborough Academy senior outside hitter Jamie Mason and Winnisquam Regional High School setter Erica Doubleday were all rewarded for stellar seasons. Kurowski stepped up with a young Laker core to fill the roles vacated by a big senior class the year before. Mason closed out a fine career that saw her spend three years as a starter, and the Panthers came extremely close to a Final Four run this fall, dropping a five-setter on the road at Sunapee in the quarterfinals. Doubleday powered the Bears offense from the setter spot, and the two-year starter racked up huge assist numbers (958 in two seasons) during her tenure at WRHS.

Doubleday dished out plenty of those assists to junior teammate Marissa DeBlasie, and the outside hitter was the lone local named to the All-State Second Team.

Three players round out the squads as Honorable Mention picks. Belmont High School senior hitter Louisa Bergeron was her team's only All-State selection, as she closed out her career by helping the Raiders make a late season charge into the postseason. Inter-Lakes sophomore Rebecca Otis was also on the Honorable Mention list, as the team's fearless starting setter stepped right in and excelled in that leadership role. Rounding out the list was the lone freshman local to make an All-State team, as Moultonborough Academy libero Carlee Morgan certainly didn't play like a rookie. The reliable Morgan helped pace the Panthers back row in her first season of varsity action.

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