PAULDING - After leading her team to a second place finish in the Northwest Conference, Paulding sophomore Sadie Estle was selected the Paulding County Progress/Welch Trophy Volleyball Player of the Year in voting by the county coaches.

Estle led all county players with 288 kills on the season and added 128 blocks as well as five assists.

“Sadie is our ‘“big gun,’” stated Panther head coach Cheri Estle. “We worked all season to get the ball to her as often as possible because it was almost a guaranteed kill. She brings energy to the court with her net play and is one of the best blockers in northwest Ohio. She loves her teammates and loves to see them be successful as well.”

The Panther sophomore added 38 digs and 10 aces for Paulding as well.

“I think Sadie’s biggest improvement this season was in her blocking and in her ability to cut the ball to the corners when she hit,” continued the Panther mentor. “I attribute all of that improvement to her work in the off-season through club volleyball. I’ve seen Sadie step into a leadership role, which is difficult when you are a sophomore and you have nine seniors on your team. She gained the respect of those seniors and they allowed her to assume that leadership role. That also says a lot about those seniors.”

Also voted to the First Team were Antwerp’s Chloe Franklin and Kaitlyn Hamman, Paulding’s Jalynn Parrett and the Wayne Trace trio of Alli Hefner, Kaylee Shepherd and Sadie Sinn.

Chloe Franklin led all players in the county by dishing out 551 assists for the Lady Archers while also adding 61 kills and six aces for the blue-and-white. She also picked up 304 digs for the team and recorded a pair of blocks.

Kaitlyn Hamman topped the Archers with 238 slams on the year while posting 279 digs for Antwerp. Hamman also chipped in 19 aces and recorded 16 digs for the blue-and-white.

Jalynn Parrett did a little bit of everything for Paulding, finishing with 99 kills and recorded 21 blocks. Parrett also picked up five assists while posting 164 digs and 17 aces on the year.

Alli Hefner recorded a team-high 230 kills for Wayne Trace and added 24 aces and 56 blocks on the season. She also posted four assists and 73 digs on the season.

Kaylee Shepherd finished the season with 32 aces for the Lady Raiders and posted 71 kills and 18 blocks. Shepherd dished out a team-high 305 assists for Wayne Trace as well as adding 272 digs.

Sadie Sinn led the Raiders with 384 digs and chipped in 27 aces to go along with 26 kills. Sadie Sinn also recorded four assists for Wayne Trace.

Those receiving Honorable Mention included Antwerp’s Alyssa Fuller, Paulding’s Megan Tope and Wayne Trace’s Miriam Sinn.

Alyssa Fuller finished the season with 291 digs and 158 kills for the Lady Archers while also posting 15 aces and 36 blocks.

Megan Tope paced the maroon-and-white with 291 digs on the season and chipped in 15 aces as well for the Lady Panthers. She also picked up four assists for Paulding.

Miriam Sinn recorded 30 aces and 90 kills for the red-white-and-blue while chipping in with eight blocks. She dished out 164 assists and picked up 280 digs to aid the Raider cause as well.