Rangers receive postseason honors

Ryan Peerboom — Enterprise Staff Writer
Thursday, November 21, 2019
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Terran Speake

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Abby Kokot

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Brylea Beye

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Shania Johnson

Four Park High volleyball players have received postseason honors in the MHSA Southeast A Volleyball Conference.

Abby Kokot, a senior middle blocker, was the only Ranger named first team All-Conference and selected to the All-State team. Kokot was among the top three for votegetters in the conference. Kokot was dominant at the net on her way to leading both the Southeast and Northeast conferences in blocks.

Rangers head coach Joey Lane said Kokot’s blocks, as well as her leadership, were an important part of the team.

“This is the second year in a row where she has led in stuff blocks for the conference,” Lane said. “She’s just been a dominant blocker and she’s a captain on our team. She’s really such a leader and was looking out for her team so much this year.”

Kokot plans to play basketball at Rocky Mountain College next winter, although Lane said she could have also pursued a volleyball career at the next level.

Senior outside hitter Shania Johnson and junior setter Terran Speake were both named second team All-Conference. Speake was the only non-senior to receive any postseason honors for the Rangers.

Johnson’s impact was felt in every facet of the game, Lane said.

“Shania actually got our team award as the all-around player,” she said. “She finished in the top ten of our conference in four different categories. She was the number one kill leader on our team. She was second in digs on our team and third overall in the conference. In all aspects of the game – her hitting, her passing, her serving – she was a leader on our team.”

The ball passed through Speake’s hands on nearly every play as the lone setter in a 5-1 system. Lane said she handled the role well and continued to improve throughout the season.

“Terran just did a great job as the setter this year moving to a five-one so she’s pretty much in on every play,” she said. “I always call her a workhorse because she works so hard and she is moving all over on the court. This year, she really started to develop some more refined aspects of her game like identifying what’s happening on the defense while she’s setting. She’s just going to get better and better.”

Senior libero Brylea Beye was an All-Conference honorable mention.

“She had a great season, it’s her second season as libero and for the second season in a row she finished top in the conference for number of digs,” Lane said. “She was one of our captains and she just anchored our back row.”

The Rangers will move into next season with a new head coach at the helm. Lane announced that she is stepping down as head coach on Tuesday night at the Rangers’ end of season banquet. Lane coached the Rangers for the past 13 seasons and spent 15 total years as a volleyball head coach. Lane cited an increasingly busy schedule as reason for her departure. She will continue to teach at Park.

“It’s been quite a long run,” Lane said. “I’ve been doing it for a large part of my adult life. I’m really going to miss it. I’m going to miss the relationship with the kids.”