LORAIN - On a night when two people who helped make her what she is today were honored, Courtney Jarvis made it a hat trick.
Jarvis, Amherst`s outstanding
5-foot-9 outside hitter, was named Lorain County`s Miss Volleyball at the annual Lorain County Volleyball Coaches Association All-Star matches Wednesday at Southview High School.
That made it quite an evening for Amherst. Head coach Laurie Cogan received a plaque in recognition of her 300th coaching victory and Cogan`s former assistant, Lynn Jalowiec, was inducted into the LCVCA Hall of Fame prior to Jarvis landing the big prize.
"I was hoping," Jarvis said when asked if she expected to be named the county`s best volleyball player. "When I heard my name I thought, â€˜Holy cow!`"
Jarvis was the prime mover in Amherst recording its finest season since 1991. The Comets won their first district championship in four years and made it to the regional title match before losing to Magnificat in five games. Amherst, ranked No. 9 in the final Division I poll, finished with a 24-3 record.
"This is icing on the cake," Jarvis said. "My senior year will be unforgettable. This wasn`t one of those teams that didn`t make it out of the sectional. I got to experience a district championship and go to Norwalk for the regional tournament. It all worked out, except losing to Mags."
Cogan seemed genuinely surprised, and visibly ecstatic, when she learned her star player would be Miss Volleyball.
"When I heard Betty (Hanson) say â€˜My alma mater,` I couldn`t believe Courtney had won," Cogan said.
Hanson, a graduate of Amherst Steele High School, presented Jarvis with the Miss Volleyball trophy on behalf of the award`s sponsor, Burger King Corp.
"Any number of kids could have won it," Cogan said. "This is a very special way to cap off a very special season. She`s a very good player and a very deserving one. I am excited. She`s only the third Amherst player to win this award, so that makes it more special."
The other Miss Volleyball winners from Amherst in the 23-year history of the award were Laura Sidorowicz (2000) and Mel Snyder (2003)
Jarvis won in a close vote over Keystone`s Kari Kincannon. Both players were All-District 3 first team picks.
"You never know," Jarvis said. "That Kincannon girl is a really good player so I thought it (Miss Volleyball) could go to her. I don`t know how other teams in Lorain County play."
Jarvis finished the season with a team-leading 412 kills and a 91-percent hitting average.
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