Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Coaches Agree: All-Gac's Tough to Pick Unanimous: Shawn Roever, Albrecht, Williams, Panhorst

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Coaches Agree: All-Gac's Tough to Pick Unanimous: Shawn Roever, Albrecht, Williams, Panhorst

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Selecting an all-league team has never been so tough.

"A few years back, we decided to cut the team down from 10 or 12 because we wanted being named All-GAC to be more of an honor," Duchesne High volleyball coach Carol Campbell said. "But this year, it was probably as hard as it has ever been to narrow it down. There were a lot of good teams and a lot of good players in the area this season."

Added Wentzville coach Jake LaManna: "All you have to do is look at the second team. Some of the players there would be first-teamers any other year."

But as tough as it was, the GAC coaches managed to narrow the 1995 All-GAC volleyball squad to eight first-team selections. The first-team includes four unanimous choices - Julie Williams and Katie Panhorst of GAC champion St. Charles, Mary Beth Albrecht of Duchesne and Shawn Roever of Fort Zumwalt South.

Following is a closer look at the 1995 All-GAC volleyball team:

Mary Beth Albrecht, Duchesne, senior - A three-time All-GAC selection, Albrecht recently made an oral commitment to the University of Kansas.

"Kansas has an outstanding program and I think that's just what Mary Beth needs to bring out the best in her play," Campbell said of her middle hitter. "She'll be challenged in practice every day and I think that'll help bring her game to a new level."

Campbell continued: "She was our best all-around player. I'd never say she was the best we've ever had; we've had some excellent players come through the program and every player has to deal with a different situation. But Mary Beth is certainly one of the best players I've ever coached."

Jill Giamanco, St. Charles, junior - The setter on the Pirates' conference and district championship squad, Giamanco led the area with 594 assists.

"She also had 10 solo blocks, which isn't bad for a setter in a 5-1 offense," St. Charles coach Ruth Beardslee said. "Jill was the player who made our team go. It was her job to get the ball to our big people up front and she really did an outstanding job."

Giamanco was a second-team selection a year ago.

Katie Panhorst, St. Charles, junior - A two-time All-GAC selection, Panhorst again teamed with fellow All-GACer Julie Williams to give the Pirates a leathal one-two combination at the net.

She had 269 kills, 134 blocks and 22 assists this season. She also led the team with a service receive of 94 percent.

"Katie's an exceptional all-around player," Beardslee said. "She's great at the net, but she's also very good at serve receive; she's an excellent passer."

Panhorst is a definite Division I prospect.

Andrea Raup, Wentzville, junior - "Her hitting ability and vertical leap would definitely catch your attention," LaManna said. "Andrea and (second-teamer) Angie Faszold gave us a real solid 1-2 combination at the net. And Andrea's also very good along the back line, too; her serve percentage this year was 97 percent. …

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