Seven local girls volleyball players received recognition from the Connecticut High School Coaches Association for their elite performances this year and were named to the All-State team for the 2020 season.
Bristol Eastern continues to garner postseason accolades following its undefeated campaign this year with three All-State selections, including two first-team honorees, in seniors Zoe Lowe, Leah Chipman and Ryley Plourde.
This is Lowe’s third appearance on the All-State team after closing out her career as the first person in school history to reach 1,000 kills for a career. She finished the year with the third-most kills in Class L (154) to go along with 49 aces and 121 digs. A preseason All-American, Lowe said she is thrilled to receive this honor, but is waiting for a bigger award in Gatorade Player of the Year.
“It feels really good,” Lowe said. “At first I wasn’t sure that we were going to have an All-State or all-conference or anything like that. When I received both, I couldn’t have been more excited because I really didn’t think we were going to have one from the beginning. Seeing that Leah and I both got first team and Ryley second team, to see two of my teammates achieve their goals, it was awesome.”
Another first-team selection, Chipman was the Lancers’ facilitator on offense as she led Class L with 336 assists. She reaches the All-State team as a senior after contributing to an incredibly successful Eastern volleyball program.
Plourde made the Class L second team after posting 106 kills as one of her team’s captains. She also started the year on the American Volleyball Coaches Association Under Armour All-American watch list, and now finishes with All-State honors.
Bristol Central’s Emily Ericson also finds herself on the Class L first team after having one of the best offensive seasons in the state. She finished second in Connecticut with 203 kills in her senior season and led the Rams to a third-place finish in CCC Region B.
The Class L second team also featured Newington senior Madison Massaro-Cook who led her team in kills for the second consecutive season in addition to being a two-time all-conference selection. She will be continuing her volleyball career close to home while still getting to face the challenges of playing Division I by attending CCSU next year.
Senior Rachel Possidento from Southington earned her first All-State selection this year as a member of the Class LL second team. Possidento notched a team-high 96 kills to go along with 22 service aces, 13 blocks and 39 digs.
Goodwin Tech senior Nathalie Delarosa gets to graduate as an All-State honoree as well after leading the Gladiators to conference championship this year. She posted 107 kills and 125 service points in her final high school season.
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