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DeCarlo, Taylor named co-WestMAC Players of Year; conference volleyball team revealed

Feb. 23—CUMBERLAND — Mountain Ridge's Mia DeCarlo and Northern's Ady Taylor were named the co-Western Maryland Athletic Conference volleyball Players of the Year, chosen by the WestMAC coaches.

The coaches also selected players for first and second-team all-conference.

Northern head coach Jamie Bailey was named the WestMAC coach of the year.

Mia DeCarlo, co-Player of the YearDeCarlo is the second consecutive Miner to be named player of the year after Ella Snyder won in 2022.

It also marks DeCarlo's second consecutive first team All-WestMAC nod.

DeCarlo led the Miners in service points, aces and digs. She finished second in kills and blocks.

"This young lady has grown into a great leader and an outstanding all-around volleyball player in our program," Mountain Ridge head coach Valery Broadwater said. "More than her statistics, this athlete for the past three years has been the most versatile and multi-skilled athlete in our program. At any point she could have been a setter, libero, outside hitter or right side hitter and been outstanding at any of the positions."

The Miners went 11-3 overall and 6-2 in the WestMAC before losing in the West Region I semifinals to the eventual state champion Clear Spring in four sets.

"The amount of time that this athlete put into volleyball during the off-season definitely showed up by the great array of skills that she possesses and her ability to contribute to our success both on offense and defense," Broadwater said. " Her ability to control the ball and put it on the opponent's court where there were openings is very valuable for ending rallies."

DeCarlo committed to play college volleyball at the College of Southern Maryland.

"Her array of offensive tactics like power hitting, roll shots, tips, and pushes to the open spots as well as her ability to anticipate on defense, and be a very consistent passer made her so valuable to our program," Broadwater said.

Ady Taylor, co-Player of the YearTaylor led Northern with 48 aces and also recorded 17 blocks, 159 digs and 428 sets.

"She has played varsity for her whole high school career and has been a great leader for our team," Northern head coach Jamie Bailey said.

The Huskies went 12-3 overall and won the WestMAC with a 7-1 record. Northern's only conference loss was to Mountain Ridge in five sets on September 28.

Taylor was a second-team All-WestMAC selection in 2022.

The Huskies tied with Clear Spring for the best record in West Region I.

The Blazers went to Accident and defeated Northern in four sets in the region final.

Taylor hopes to continue her volleyball career in college, but is uncommitted.

"She is leaving big shoes to fill for future setters," Bailey said.

All-WestMAC teamsMountain Ridge led the WestMAC with four selections, followed by Northern with three and Allegany with two.

Southern earned two second-team nods while Fort Hill earned one.

As co-players of the year, DeCarlo and Taylor earned automatic spots on the first team All-WestMAC.

Joining them are Allegany's Ada McFarland and Kinsey Hostetler, Northern's Callie Pudlak and Demi Ross and Mountain Ridge's Reghan Sivic.

The second team All-WestMAC consisted of Allegany's Ava Strother, Mountain Ridge's Avery Tipton and Ryan Whitehead, Fort Hill's Jovie Breitfeller and Southern's Madison Thayer and Myah Watson.

Ada McFarlandA senior hitter for the Campers, McFarland recorded 170 kills, 54 digs, 28 blocks and 13 aces.

"Ada brought a lot of energy and leadership to the team," Allegany head coach Cassie Murray said. "Her ability to hit anywhere, serve up tough balls, and play defense was amazing. She was such a great asset."

McFarland was also a first-team All-WestMAC selection in 2022.

Kinsey HostetlerAllegany's senior libero recorded 189 digs, 19 assists, 12 aces and eight kills.

"Kinsey was the security blanket every coach wants to have in the back row," Murray said. "She worked hard all season and it showed, reading hitters well and her ability to get the ball up was fun to watch."

Hostetler was a second team All-WestMAC selection in 2022.

"Both Kinsey and Ada were great, encouraging captains and a pleasure to coach," Murray said.

Reghan SivicA senior outside hitter for the Miners, Sivic led Mountain Ridge in kills and finished second in blocks, fourth in service points and aces and sixth in digs.

"Reghan contributed greatly to how our offensive strategies played out," Mountain Ridge head coach Valery Broadwater said. "Her power at the net from the outside hitting position was an important part of our offensive scheme."

Sivic was a second-team All-area selection in basketball last year and makes her debut on the All-WestMAC team for volleyball.

"She has a great work ethic and demands a lot of herself and pushed herself to be a key hitter for us on the outside," Broadwater said. "She also expanded her array of offensive skills so that she could swing, roll, push, or tip and try to keep the defense guessing and that definitely helped her game."

Callie PudlakA junior middle hitter for the Huskies, Pudlak finished the 2023 season with 128 kills, 32 blocks and seven digs.

"This was her second year playing for Northern and she has been a fantastic addition to our team," Bailey said. "She brings a lot of fun to our team."

Demi RossA sophomore outside hitter for Northern, Ross has spent two seasons on varsity.

Ross recorded 151 kills, 116 digs, 34 aces, five blocks and three assists.

"Demi is quickly growing as a player and leader of this team," Bailey said. "We are expecting big things from her in the next two years."

Jordan Kendall is a Sports Writer for the Cumberland Times-News. Email him with scores and story suggestions at jkendall@times-news.com.