Three Volleyball Players Earn All-Region HonorsPosted November 9, 2023 at 9:00 am
Taylor Rapsky, Leonela Nichols, and Olivia Weyandt of the Pennsylvania Highlands Women’s Volleyball Team were each given Division III All-Region 20 honors on Tuesday afternoon.
Rapsky, a sophomore from Central City, PA, was named to the First Team, while Nichols (Hollsopple, PA) and Weyandt (Jerome, PA) were given Honorable Mention.
“Receiving this honor is an amazing feeling knowing all of the great athletes we competed against this season,” Rapsky said. “I could not have done it without my teammates and coaches pushing me to be better on the court. They deserve as much credit as I do for all of the successes we achieved over the year.”
The All-Region award adds to the multiple accolades that Rapsky and Nichols have already received this season, as both were named to the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC) All-Conference Team and the Region 20 Division III All-Tournament Team.
“This is a great achievement for three of our players to make All-Region,” stated Sue Brugh, Director of Student Activities and Athletics. “Taylor is probably one of the best players in the Region, while Olivia and Leonela really showcased their skills this season.”
Rapsky was among the statistical leaders in Region 20 for most categories, compiling 138 kills (4th), 155 digs (7th), and 35 blocks (3rd). She was ranked first in the region in kills per set (3.14) and points per set (4.3) and was second with a .279 hitting percentage. Rapsky’s hitting percentage also ranked 26th in the nation for Division III.
Weyandt, a fellow sophomore, tallied 150 assists and 73 digs. She was second in Region 20 in assists and assists per set (3.41). Nichols, a freshman, finished with 144 digs and ranked second in digs per set (4.24).