"I would like to recognize Ansley Runk as a CAVE All Star from the MLK Tournament on January 13-15, 2018. Ansley, a junior at Chambersburg High School, is one of the setters and captains for the CAVE 17 Gold team. She had a tremendous tournament and played very consistently and competitively throughout the entire weekend. She played every point and helped our team make it to the Gold Playoffs on Monday.
She led the team in points scored off her serve and led the team in assists. She was second on the team in passer rating, third on the team in digs, fourth on the team in kills and kill percentage. All in all Ansley had a very solid tournament, even with the pressure of being filmed with college recruiting.
Ansley is a very composed player and her demeanor on the court brings a sense of calmness and confidence to the rest of the team. She distributed the ball well to all of the hitters and made good decisions throughout the weekend. Ansley works hard and wants to improve so that she can be a contributing factor in the success we have as a team.
I am proud of her and I truly believe that she has great potential in the sport of volleyball, even beyond high school and club ball. Ansley is very deserving of this honor and I am excited about what the rest of the season holds for her and for our team." - Head Coach, Bobby Culler
17 Gold - Ashley Adams - selected based on play at the Capitol Hill Classic Tournament
"I would like to select Ashley Adams to be our All-Star from the Capital Hill Classic tournament in Washington, DC, on February 17-19, 2018. Ashley is a junior at Chambersburg High School and is planning to play volleyball in college. She’s a three-sport athlete as she plays volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter and throws for the track team in the spring. Needless to say she is a pretty busy young lady.
Ashley had a tremendous tournament for us in DC as her stats would indicate. She served very well throughout the tournament racking up 11 aces, which was tied for second on the team. Also, she dominated the front line by leading the team in kills (36) and block kills (12). Ashley is definitely a force to be reckoned with. She is quick to the ball and transitions well from defense to offense. She is learning to be smart with the ball and to see the blockers and put it where they are not. Her mental toughness is still a work in progress, but she is such a competitor that she always wants to execute well. Ashley also had several digs; and when given the opportunity, she played defense well. She was third on the team in hitting percentage and second on the team in kill percentage. She also hit very well from the back row. For the most part, she played at a very high level and she had a very good tournament.
Ashley is a major player on the 17 Gold team and often times, as she goes, so goes the team. That’s a lot of pressure for any one athlete to have, but she handles it well. She’s come a long way over the past few years and has developed into a strong middle blocker. She is seeing the court better and is learning to understand the game. I am proud of the player that she is becoming. She is definitely a leader on the court." - Head Coach, Bobby Culler
"I would like to recognize Allison Crevier as a CAVE All-Star during the Irish Rumble Tournament held at the Spooky Nook Complex in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on March 16 and 17. Allison is a junior at Fairfield High School and is one of the dominating middles for CAVE 17 Gold. Before the tournament even began, 17 Gold was facing a disadvantage because one of the players couldn’t play due to medical reasons. In order to adapt and compensate for that loss, every other girl had to be on their ‘A game’ in order to be successful.
Allison played such a crucial role in the success of the team over the weekend. 17 Gold went 8-0 the entire weekend and took 1st place in the Gold bracket of their division! Allison was a force to be reckoned with. Throughout the whole tournament, she was blocking girls non-stop; and when she didn’t completely block a hit, she was able to get her hands on it to slow it down for our defense. Not only was her blocking impeccable, but her hitting was on point. She was smart with every ball that was set to her. She continued to keep other teams on their toes by mixing up her swings. She saw open spots on the court, and utilized them to the fullest. Typically Allison doesn’t serve in a game; but when given the opportunity this tournament, she took full advantage of it. She went on several serving runs and racked up many aces. There was one set in particular when 17 Gold was down by 8 points, but because of Allison’s serving, they were able to come back and win. In the semi-finals, the other coaches complimented us on our middles after the match. When other coaches from different areas are noticing the level of play our girls are competing at, that’s something to applaud and be proud of.
Besides having a strong presence on the court, Allison was a positive, encouraging teammate off the court. She could be heard all weekend encouraging her teammates and getting them pumped up for the match. If her team was getting down, she was right there picking them up. She was constantly communicating with her team the entire weekend.
As I have been getting to know Allison throughout this season, I am constantly impressed with her at every practice and tournament. She gives 100% all of the time and is always looking for advice on how to be better. She never settles for mediocrity when she knows she could be one of the best. I’m excited for Allison, and the rest of 17 Gold, as they continue to compete at an intense level, because they’ve all demonstrated it this tournament, and were very successful. A job well done!" - Assistant Coach, Grace Hockenberry
17 Gold - Sarah Barrett - selected based on play at the MAPL Tournament
"I would like to recognize one of our outside attackers, Sarah Barrett, as an all star selection for the MAPL York Tournament. Sarah had a tremendous tournament and played at a very high level against some very good teams. She is a junior at Waynesboro High School, PA, and for most of the tournament, she played all the way around for our team. She served very well, earning the second most points (27) for us while having only a few service errors (3).
Her defense was outstanding and she played with a lot of intensity and focus. She frustrated our opponents by picking things up that they thought would hit the floor. She was second on the team in digs (60) and passing percentage (1.98). She was also a force to be reckoned with in the front row and was often our go-to person throughout the entire tournament. She was second on the team in kills (28) and kill percentage (29.8%).
Sarah has a ton of talent and is a very important part of our team. She has a desire to play at the next level and is currently looking at some potential schools that may be a good fit for her academically and athletically. She will be very successful in all that she does. She’s a ton of fun to be around and to have around, and her competitiveness is a key to her great success.
It’s been a privilege having her with us this season, and I know she will continue to do well in all that she does in life. Congrats Sarah Barrett!!!" - Head Coach, Bobby Culler
17 Gold - Emma Steiger - selected based on play at the MAPL Tournament
"I would also like to recognize the libero for CAVE 17 Gold, Emma Steiger, as an all star selection for the MAPL York Tournament. Emma had another consistent weekend of volleyball and did her job as the libero in fine fashion.
She led the team in digs (78) and was a solid defensive presence in the back row for us. Her defensive prowess helped us stay in system much of the weekend and made it possible for our front row players to be successful. Defensive players rarely get the credit that they deserve, but Emma does an amazing job of starting our offense out on the right foot. She lead the team in passing percentage (2.31) and pass attempts (102). We have a lot of confidence in Emma to be at the right place at the right time. In serve receive, we have given her the green light to take as many serves as she can and defensively we want her passing as many balls as possible so that our attackers can get their approach.
Honestly, Emma is one of the best liberos I have ever seen and it is a privilege to coach her. She works hard and stays focused in practice and is always trying to improve and perfect her passing. She reads hitters well and is quick to the ball.
Emma is a natural athlete and is very competitive and she strives for excellence in her play. She is extremely deserving of this all star selection and has earned the honor. She is looking to play at the next level and I truly believe that she could easily step into any program and be a defensive star. Congrats Emma!!! - Head Coach, Bobby Culler