Commonwealth Journal

December 5, 2013

Samantha Randolph - Player of the Year


Staff Report
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — This season, Pulaski County High School senior Samantha Randolph amassed 458 kills, 266 assists, 78 aces, 20 blocks, 185 digs. Randolph was named to both district and region All-Tournament team honors. For her career, Randolph tallied over 1,000 kills.

She was named the 12th Region Player of the Year and now Samantha Randolph can add the Commonwealth Journal’s Player of the Year for the All-County Volleyball team for the 2013 season to her list of accomplishments.

“Samantha Randolph has been huge for us all season,” stated head coach of the Lady Maroons Teresa Combs. “Samantha’s work ethic and competitive spirit has paid dividends to our team’s success this year.”

Randolph and the Lady Maroons finished the season as Region Runner-ups for the third consecutive season. Randolph is also a three time All-County team member but this is her first time as All-County Player of the Year.

From Southwestern senior Kasey Williams was selected for the All-County team, she lead the Lady Warriors in aces with 60. 

“Kasey was a senior leader this season. Even though she took a year off, no one could tell,” Courtney Compton began. “She dominated on the serving line and was a huge role model to the younger girls. We will miss her very much.”

From Pulaski CeCe Roberts was selected for the All-County team. Roberts made the 2013 District and Region All Tournament teams.

“CeCe has been a very solid defensive specialist for our team,” coach Combs commented. “She has worked very hard to be a serving force that keeps the other team out of the system.”

Making the team from Somerset Christian is sophomore Audrey Moore, who led the Cougars in aces with 77 and in kills with 122. Moore was also selected to be on the All-State Team for the KCAA (Kentucky Christian Athletic Association).

“Audrey is one of the most skilled sophomores to ever play at SCS.  She is the team’s best outside hitter.  Her hitting force can be very intimidating,” stated coach Guy Crubaugh. “Audrey is soft spoken and coachable.  She is the type of player that every coach would want on the team.  She doesn’t worry about stats, she just wants to win volleyball matches.”

From the Lady Maroons Junior Jessica Ping also made the team. Ping had 183 kills, had 50 aces and had 24 blocks this season. Ping also mad both District and Region All Tournament teams.

“Jessica has really developed into an aggressive hitter,” coach Combs began. “She has worked hard to become a more diverse attacker and an aggressive server for our team.”

For the Lady Warriors Katie Latham is on the team after leading the Lady Warriors in kills this past season, she had 273.

“She was a dominating outside hitter for the Warriors this season. She has a tricky arm swing that would find a kill in any way possible,” Compton remarked. “Katie was a great captain and will continue to lead the team next season.”

Another player selected from Somerset Christian is Summer Phelps who had 33 blocks, 54 aces and 87 kills. She also made the All-State Team for the KCAA

“Summer is a dynamic hitter and a skilled defender.  She is a great leader and was our team captain this past season,” Crubaugh began. “She doesn't quit, and her winning attitude has been a huge plus for our team.  When the game is on the line- I know, and our team knows that we can trust Summer to make big plays.”

The third player selected from Southwestern was Mackenzie Jones, who led the Lady Warriors in blocks with 43.

“Kenzie was a wall at the net leading our team in blocks,” Compton stated. “She was intimidating to other players across the net. She was a senior who was a wonderful role model and will be missed.”

The ninth member of the All-County team is freshman Alyssa Black from Pulaski. Black led the Lady Maroons in aces with 79 and assists with 480.

“Alyssa had to grow up in a hurry. She was thrown into the setter’s role at the varsity level as a freshman,” Combs said. “We run a 6-2 offense which means she is only setting half the match, so her numbers are quite impressive.”