2014 Volleyball All-Scholastics

Tess Simmons (6) helped Newton North win the Division 1 state championship.
Tess Simmons (6) helped Newton North win the Division 1 state championship.(Barry Chin/Globe Staff)

Players of the Year

Tess Simmons

Division 1: Newton North

Simmons was the leader of the Division 1 state champions, recording 367 assists and 141 kills on the season as well as 47 aces and 57 blocks. A senior, she earned Bay State Conference All-Star honors, and enjoys lacrosse, curling and beach volleyball in her spare time.

Holly Adams

Division 2: Hopkinton

The team captain of the Division 2 state champions, Adams earned TVL MVP honors this year and her third all-star nod. A four-year starter, she ended her career with 963 kills from her outside hitter position. She is also a basketball captain.


Emma Mancini

Division 3: Lynnfield

Mancini helped lead Lynnfield to an 18-4 season and the Division 3 North sectional title. She was the Cape Ann League MVP and is a two-time member of the Division 3 Coaches All-State team. She is also a CAL basketball all-star and runs track.


Gabriella Ardilla, Weston, senior

Ardilla was the key helper for Weston, recording 911 assists and earning DCL Small MVP honors as a setter. Her efforts helped lead Weston to the Division 3 North title, and a berth in the state final. She finished her career with over 4,000 career assists.

Azita Bakntyari, Andover, senior

Bakntyari did it all for Andover this season, posting 688 assists, 71 kills, 153 digs, 61 blocks and 49 aces while lifting the Golden Warriors to the North Sectional title and a berth in the state final. A National Honor Society member, she sports a 4.53 GPA.

Mackenzie Bright, Duxbury, senior

The Patriot MVP, Bright led Duxbury to a 20-2 season, as she recorded 176 kills, and 115 aces for the Green Dragons. A two-time All-Scholastic, she is also a captain of the softball and swim teams. She plans to play volleyball in college.


Olivia Brodt, Barnstable, senior

The setter was a force all season for the top volleyball program in the state. In leading her team to the state semifinals, Brodt had 648 assists to bring her career total to 1,443. She was also a member of the All-State team.

Corinne Cox, Notre Dame (Hingham), junior

Making her second All-Scholastic appearance, Cox turned in a stellar year with 718 assists and a .456 hitting percentage. She helped lead NDA to the Division 2 South sectional title and a 21-1 season. An honor student, she hopes to play Division 1 volleyball.

Hanna Engstrom, Hopkinton, senior

Engstrom helped power Hopkinton to the Tri-Valley League title, the sectional title, and ultimately the Division 2 state title. An MGVCA All-State selection, she is an honor student and a TVL softball All-Star. She will attend Trinity College to play volleyball.

Nica Kovalcik, Brookline, senior

The outside hitter helped lead Brookline to a 16-2 record and a berth in the Division 1 Central/East sectional final. She finished with 271 kills and 176 digs and was a member of the Division 1 All-State team. She'll attend Williams.

Katie Leidhold, Fairhaven, senior

A force around the net, Leidhold graduates as a two-time All-Scholastic with 1,072 career kills, and 1,337 career blocks. Her efforts earned her a fourth South Coast Conference All-Star nod. A four time SCC All-Star in tennis, she will attend Franklin Pierce.

Allie Nolan, Melrose, senior

A two-time Middlesex League All-Star, Nolan has led her team in assists each of the past two years, ending her career with 1,125. A two-year captain she led Melrose to the sectional semis while earning MGVCA All-State honors. She also plays basketball.


Erin Proctor, Canton, senior

Proctor earned Hockomock MVP honors this season and a second straight All-Star nod while surpassing 1,000 assists for her career. Led by the senior setter, the Bulldogs finished 19-2. An honor student, she also plays lacrosse and is the student council vice-president.

Abigail Sonuga, Haverhill, senior

You could say Sonya has a killer instinct, finishing the season with 293 kills, and owning school records for kills, in a match, season, and career at Haverhill. A three-time MVC All-Star, she is an honor student and will play at Franklin Pierce.

Samantha Travis, Case, senior

Travis kept the Case volleyball tradition going, leading the Cardinals to the South sectional title and a berth in the state final. She set the single season and career record for assists at Case this year and also earned MGVCA All-State honors.

Coaches of the Year

Jane Bergin

Division 1: Andover

Bergin led Andover to a 22-2 record, the Merrimack Valley Conference title, the North sectional title and a berth in the state final. A 25-year coaching veteran, Bergin is a MGVCA Hall of Fame member and also coaches boys’ volleyball in Lexington.

Margie Grabmeier

Division 2: Hopkinton

Grabmeier led the Hillers to the Division 2 state title this year and a 22-2 season that included a TVL championship. In 13 years of coaching she sports a 176-61 overall record. She also was inducted into the MGVCA Hall of Fame this year.


Kali Joseph

Division 3: Ursuline

In just her second year since moving up from junior varsity coach, Joseph led Ursuline to the Division 3 South final, finishing the year with a 16-8 overall record. She was a volleyball state finalist in 2004 while a senior at Medfield High.