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Linda Renzi Named WVIAC Volleyball Coach of the Year - 11/14/12

ATH11_266_RenziL_TLinda Renzi Named WVIAC Volleyball Coach of the Year
Kendera Second-Team, Shanabrook Honorable Mention All-WVIAC

     11/14/12...Pitt-Johnstown women's volleyball coach Linda Renzi was named the 2012 WVIAC Coach of the Year by her peers in the league when this year's all-conference teams were released on Thursday.  In addition, junior middle hitter Beth Kendera (Johnstown, Pa.) was a Second-Team All-WVIAC selection, and sophomore outside hitter Kelsey Shanabrook (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) was an honorable mention choice... (Full WVIAC Release)
     Wheeling Jesuit (WV) University junior middle blocker Jenna Pew was named Player of the Year, while the Freshman of the Year honors was awarded to Seton Hill University middle blocker Shelby Kyllo.
     Coach Renzi, in her ninth season at the helm of the program, led the team to a fifth-place finish in the WVIAC regular-season standings.  The Lady Cats went 18-8 overall and finished 10-4 in conference-play.  In her tenure at Pitt-Johnstown, Renzi has coached 10 players who have made All-WVIAC Teams, including three Second-Team selections.  Coach Renzi has also had a pair of players named to the All-Freshman Team.  The award marks the first time someone from Pitt-Johnstown has won the honor.
     Kendera, a Second-Team All-WVIAC choice, led the Lady Cats in blocks with 117 and was second on the team behind Shanabrook in kills (210) and kills per set (2.84).  Kendera also ranks 11th in NCAA Division II in hitting percentage (.396) and 17th in blocks per set at 1.27.
     Shanabrook, a member of the 2011 WVIAC All-Freshmen Team, was was named honorable mention all-conference this season after leading Pitt-Johnstown in kills (270) and kills per set (2.84). 

The complete 2012 all-WVIAC team is below, as selected by the league’s coaches.

WVIAC Player of the Year
Jenna Pew, Wheeling Jesuit

WVIAC Freshman of the Year
Shelby Kyllo, Seton Hill

WVIAC Coach of the Year
Linda Renzi, Pitt-Johnstown

WVIAC First-Team All-Conference
Jenna Pew, Jr., 6’0”, MB, Marshallville Ohio (Wheeling Jesuit)
Renata Comparini, Sr., 5’6”, L, Santiago, Chile (West Virginia Wesleyan)
Corrine Gahagen, So., 6’1”, MB, Windber Pa. (Seton Hill)
Cameron Lewis, Sr., 5’9”, MB, New Castle Pa. (West Virginia State)
Melani Lewis, Jr., 5’7”, OH, Bay shore, N.Y. (Shepherd)
Casey Pattyn, Jr., 5’6”, S, Moon Township, Pa. (West Virginia Wesleyan)
Makenzie Ripley, So., 5’6”, L, Dennison, Ohio (Wheeling Jesuit)
Madison Strall, Fr., 5’10”, S, Toledo, Ohio (Wheeling Jesuit)
Bri Swann, Jr., 5’9”, OH, Xenia, Ohio (Fairmont State)
Allissa Ware, Sr., 6’0”, OH, Jackson Center, Ohio (Wheeling Jesuit)

WVIAC Second-Team All-Conference
Jillian Brown, Jr., 5’5”, L, Reynoldsburg, Ohio (Alderson-Broaddus)
Malleri Hardison, Sr., 5’9”, OH, Uniontown, Pa. (Charleston)
Sarah Jones, So. , 6’0”, OH/MB, Woodbridge, Va. (Concord)
Beth Kendera, Jr., 6’1”, MB, Johnstown, Pa. (Pitt-Johnstown)
Meg Kenny, Jr., 6’0”, MB, Lynchburg, Va. (Shepherd)
Dejana Ludoski, Jr., 6’0”, OH/RS, Belgrade, Serbia (Glenville State)
Tiff Smathers, So., 5’2”, L, Clarion, Pa.  (Fairmont State)
Abby Wietrzykowski, Fr., 6’1”, OH, Lambertville, Mich. (Wheeling Jesuit)
Amber Wilson, Jr., 5’11”, MB, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Fairmont State)
Heather Zapf, Sr., 5’10”, OH, Yorktown, Va. (Davis & Elkins)

WVIAC Honorable Mention
Tabbie Bias, So., 5’4”, L, Milton, W.Va.  (Fairmont State)
Erin Bond, So., 6’1, MB, Macungie, Pa. (West Virginia Wesleyan)
Caitlin Cain, Fr., 5’11”, OH, Ashville, Ohio (Alderson-Broaddus)
Anne Edwards, Sr., 5’9”, MB, Dover, Ohio (West Liberty)
Alyssa Graboski, Sr., 6’0”, MB, Upper Sandusky, Ohio (West Virginia State)
Shelby Kyllo, Fr., 6’1”, MB, Anacortes Wash. (Seton Hill)
Victoria Severo, So., 5’9”, MB, Meadville, Pa.  (Charleston)
Kelsey Shanabrook, So., 6’0”, OH, Mechanicsburg, Pa. (Pitt-Johnstown)

WVIAC All-Freshman Team
Caitlin Cain, 5’11”, OH, Ashville, Ohio (Alderson-Broaddus)
Shelby Kyllo, 6’1”, MB, Anacortes Wash. (Seton Hill)
Abigail Malsch, 5’9”, OH, Canfield, Ohio (Seton Hill)
Courtney Pyeritz, 5’7”, L, Pittsburgh, Pa. (West Liberty)
Madison Strall, 5’10”, S, Toledo, Ohio (Wheeling Jesuit)
Abby Wietrzykowski, 6’1”, OH, Lambertville, Mich. (Wheeling Jesuit)
Kaitlyn Witsaman, 5’10”, OH, Medina, Ohio (Fairmont State)