Top of the class

MORLEY — For any high school team, having one player earn all-state recognition is an honor in itself.

FOCUS: Morley Stanwood’s Kayla Rosman (left) and Mekayla Carey (right) get ready to receive a serve during volleyball action earlier this season. Rosman and Carey were both named MIVCA Class C All-State first-team selections this week while Lindsey Veersma was named to the third team. (Pioneer file photo)

FOCUS: Morley Stanwood’s Kayla Rosman (left) and Mekayla Carey (right) get ready to receive a serve during volleyball action earlier this season. Rosman and Carey were both named MIVCA Class C All-State first-team selections this week while Lindsey Veersma was named to the third team. (Pioneer file photo)

So when three players from one team earn such recognition, it’s a special thing for a team.

That’s what happened this week for the Morley Stanwood volleyball team as the Mohawks landed a trio of juniors on the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association (MIVCA) Class C All-State list for 2013 with Mekayla Carey and Kayla Rosman landing on the first team and Lindsey Veersma earning third-team recognition.

“They all worked so hard not only during the season, but during the offseason leading up to this season to become better players,” Morley Stanwood coach Robin Kozuch said. “It was nice to see all three of them get recognized this year because it shows that the other coaches in the state also noticed how much they’ve improved.”

Rosman made it on the second team last season while Carey was an honorable mention in 2012 and Veersma made her first appearance on the list this season.

Kozuch said she was very excited to see Rosman and Carey earn first-team honors this season after helping to lead the Mohawks to an 11th-straight Central State Activities Association (CSAA) title and a district title before falling to Grand Rapids Covenant Christian in the Class C regional final.

“I was nervous because of the fact we lost in regionals and sometimes coaches place a lot of importance on postseason games when it comes to their votes,” Kozuch said. “I think most of the coaches looked at those two and saw the talent they have.

“Most fans in the stands look at them and they realize that they’re two special players, but I had both high school and college coaches who were watching our games tell me what strong players they are,” she added.

Kozuch said what set Rosman and Carey apart this season was their well-rounded games that they both have developed.

“I think they’re both so versatile,” she said. “Not only are they strong offensive players on our front line, they’re very sound on defense and in their serving games. You put all of those things together and you have two very complete players.”

While Kozuch was impressed with her two hitters landing on the first team, she said she was even more impressed with the work Veersma put in to become one of the best setters in the state this season.

“I think Lindsey really improved on her ability to see the whole floor,” she said. “She was really able to see the other side of the floor and she really started to see the areas where she could attack the other team.

“A setter really is the quarterback of a volleyball team,” she continued. “Having a leader like Lindsey as our setter really helped us improve our offense this season.”

Although the Mohawks will have to wait until next fall to get back to action, Kozuch said she can’t wait to start the 2014 volleyball season knowing that she’ll have this talented trio back on the floor next season.

“I wish we could start the season tomorrow,” she said. “I’ve already started drawing up plays and started trying to figure out how I’m not only going to use those three, but all of the other girls we’ll have coming back next season.”

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