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LADY JACKS TOP ALL-WNY VOLLEYBALL TEAM

While filling out his Niagara Frontier League preseason prospectus, North Tonawanda girls volleyball coach Terry Brosius wrote, "the Lady Jacks should be good. Hopefully, we can put it all together."

The Lady Jacks weren't just good, they were champions. Behind the play of All-Western New York selections Lindsay Matikosh and Breean Trapasso, the Lady Jacks rolled to the New York State Class A title.

City Honors, Western New York's other representative at the state final four, also landed two All-WNY selections, Adrienne Turley and Maria Vaccaro.

There are five repeat selections including Allison Clark (Frontier), Katie Higgins (Orchard Park), Susan Fanning, (Sacred Heart), Erin Holahan (Royalton-Hartland) and Amie Wall (Eden).

The team and its format is determined by a panel of area coaches.

Here's a closer look at the 1997 large and small school All-Western New York team.

Large schools

Lindsay Matikosh: North Tonawanda: Sophomore who had 118 service points and 118 kills for the Niagara Frontier League and Section VI Class A champion Lady Jacks . . . Three-year varsity player . . . Also plays basketball.

Breean Trapasso, North Tonawanda: Sophomore setter with three years varsity experience . . . Carries a 97 average and is listed among Who's Who of American high school students . . . Runs track and does volunteer work, teaching at Chautauqua Children's School.

Allison Clark, Frontier: Led Falcons to the ECIC I title and the Section VI Class A title game . . . Three-sport athlete with a 95 academic average . . . Played five seasons on varsity.

Katie Schrantz, Lancaster: Team leader who helped the upstart Redskins peak at just the right time . . . Improved her level of play to jump from second team All-WNY last year to first team . . . Three-year varsity player.

Katie Higgins, Orchard Park: Three-sport athlete who has also made all-star teams in basketball and softball . . . Carries a grade-point average of 3.34 . . . Is looking at numerous Division I schools.

Nicole Kuslik, Sweet Home: Three-sport athlete led Panthers to 24-9 overall record . . . Named all-tournament at Berkeley Prep Tourney in Tampa and the Horseheads Classic . . . Was fourth-team all-state last year as a sophomore . . . Played on Empire State Games team.

Bitsy Mayhle, Sweet Home: Has a 99 academic average . . . Four-year varsity player . . . Played on ESG team . . . All-tournament team of Sweet Home Challenge and Horseheads . . . Plays piano.

Small schools

Kristin Henderson, Chautauqua Lake: Led Thunderbirds to a share of the CCIAC Division II title with Randolph . . . Four-year varsity player . . . Also runs track and plays basketball . . . Had 90 percent success on serves while scoring 267 points.

Adrienne Turley, City Honors: MVP of Buffalo Public Schools league . . . Four-year varsity player . . . Three-sport athlete . . . Does volunteer work . . . Participates in Students Speak Out at City Honors.

Maria Vaccaro, City Honors: Has a 4.09 average (weighted) and would like to study pre-veterinary medicine in college . . . Plays softball, is involved in school musicals and does volunteer work.

Amie Wall, Eden: Broke school record for most kills in a season . . . Earned first-team all-state honors on Eden's 1996 Class C state championship team . . . Helped Raiders win Section VI Class C title in 1996 and the Class B crown in 1997.

Erin Holahan, Royalton-Hartland: Holds school career records for serves completed (1,005), aces (181), sets completed (1,821) and service points (730) . . . Carries a 97 average . . . Led Rams to Niagara-Orleans title . . . Was second team all-state last year in Class B.

Susan Fanning, Sacred Heart: Two-time MVP of the Msgr. Martin Association . . . Cheetah volleyball club player for three years . . . Led team to 13-3 league record and a tie for second place . . . Has a 3.87 average.

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