Recently, several local student-athletes have been recognized for their outstanding performances in their respective sports. Morgan Sarver, a sophomore forward for Slippery Rock University and a graduate of Altoona Area High School, was named to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference women’s soccer all-conference team. Sarver earned a spot on the PSAC Western Division Second Team, starting in all 18 of her appearances and finishing third in the PSAC in shots and fourth in shots on goal. She finished the year with six goals and nine assists for the Rock, earning her a tie for second place in team offensive points at 21.
Meanwhile, five members of the Penn State Altoona women’s volleyball program picked up postseason honors from the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Lady Lions head coach Jamie McGreal was voted the coach of the year, and freshman outside hitter Lia Simanski, a Bishop Guilfoyle High School graduate, was selected the newcomer of the year. Penn State Altoona also got four student-athletes on the all-conference list, as junior libero Anna Batrus, an Altoona Area High School grad, was a first-team All-AMCC selection, senior outside hitter Lacee Barnhart and Simanski were both second-team picks, and junior middle Makenna Port earned third-team recognition. McGreal led the Lady Lions to their third-ever conference championship.
In addition to these accolades, several other local student-athletes have also been recognized for their outstanding performances this season. For example, Simanski ranked in the top 10 in kills per set (2.77), kills (263) and points (293.0), points per set (3.1) and digs (328) in the AMCC. Batrus took over