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2023 Dispatch All-Metro: Who are the best girls volleyball players in central Ohio?

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Two players from Division I state runner-up Olentangy Orange highlight the 2023 Dispatch All-Metro girls volleyball team.

The Athlete of the Year in each sport — 30 in all — will be announced at the Central Ohio High School Sports Awards in June. Each member of the All-Metro girls volleyball team will receive a free ticket to that live event, where nine premier awards also will be announced, including boys and girls overall athletes of the year, boys and girls overall coaches of the year, boys and girls overall teams of the year, courage award, school spirit award and lifetime achievement award.

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Taylor Bahnub, Dublin Jerome 

A senior outside hitter and middle hitter, Bahnub was OCC-Cardinal Player of the Year, first-team all-district and second-team all-state in Division I. The Clemson commit finished with 398 kills, 177 digs, 36 blocks and 31 aces, leading Jerome to a 20-4 record and the OCC-Capital title at 9-1.

Lily Barron, Olentangy Orange 

A senior outside hitter and defensive specialist, Barron helped lead the Pioneers (26-4) to their first regional title before falling to Kings Mills Kings 25-16, 25-10, 25-21 in the state final. She was first-team all-state and all-district and OCC-Central Player of the Year. A Houston commit, Barron recorded 301 kills, 267 digs, 31 aces and 26 blocks. The Pioneers won the OCC-Central title at 10-0.

Evelyn Brown, Bloom-Carroll 

The junior middle hitter recorded 340 kills and 90 blocks and was first-team all-state. She shared Division II district Player of the Year honors with Highland’s Kameron Stover and was Player of the Year in the MSL-Buckeye as the Bulldogs (24-2, 14-0) won the league title. Bloom-Carroll lost to Hartley 28-26, 26-24, 20-25, 16-25, 15-6 in a district final. 

Hailey Campagna, Shekinah Christian 

A junior outside hitter, Campagna led the Flames (23-4) to a Division IV district title before losing to Sarahsville Shenandoah 25-20, 25-12, 25-18 in a regional final. Campagna was first-team all-state and all-district and Player of the Year in the MOCAL. She finished with 649 kills, 531 digs, 79 aces and 31 blocks. Shekinah Christian and Delaware Christian shared the MOCAL title at 11-1.

Maddie Cugino, Olentangy Orange 

The senior outside hitter was instrumental in helping the Pioneers reach the Division I state final. The Gonzaga commit was first-team all-OCC-Central, second-team all-district and third-team all-state. Cugino finished with 343 digs, 224 kills, 64 aces and 22 blocks. 

Layla Hoying, Watterson 

A sophomore outside hitter, Hoying helped lead the Eagles (17-10) to a Division I district title before losing to Dublin Scioto 25-14, 25-16, 25-22 in a regional semifinal. She recorded 392 kills, 204 digs, 50 aces and 33 blocks. Hoying was first-team all-district and all-CCL and third-team all-state.

Myriah Massey, Pickerington Central 

A senior outside hitter, Massey shared district Player of the Year honors with Scioto’s Alec Rothe, earned OCC-Buckeye Player of the Year honors and was second-team all-state. Massey, who will play beach volleyball at Florida State, finished with 446 kills, 211 digs, 37 aces and 25 blocks. The Tigers (22-4, 10-0) won OCC-Buckeye and district titles before losing to Orange 25-13, 25-15, 22-25, 25-17 in a regional semifinal.

Kaylee Musick, Hartley 

A senior outside hitter and setter, Musick was a key contributor in the Hawks winning Division II regional and district titles. Hartley (22-7) lost to Gates Mills Gilmour Academy 25-14, 25-15, 25-14 in a state semifinal. A Florida International commit, Musick finished with 238 kills, 122 digs, 40 aces and 36 blocks and was first-team all-state, all-district and all-CCL. The Hawks won the CCL title at 4-0.

Alec Rothe, Dublin Scioto 

The senior middle blocker capped her prep career by being named first-team all-state in Division I, along with OCC-Capital Player of the Year and district co-Player of the Year. A Florida commit, Rothe led the Irish (27-1, 14-0) to league and district titles before losing to eventual state runner-up Orange 25-23, 25-17, 25-23 in a regional final. She finished with 295 kills, 145 digs, 43 blocks and 35 aces.

Kameron Stover, Highland 

A junior right-side hitter and opposite-side hitter, Stover was Division II district co-Player of the Year, first-team all-state and Player of the Year in the MOAC. She finished with 636 kills, 319 digs, 74 aces and 40 blocks. Highland won a district title before losing to Hamilton Badin 25-19, 25-18, 25-12 in a regional semifinal. 

Larsen Terrill, Highland 

A junior setter and opposite-side hitter, Terrill teamed with Stover to give the Fighting Scots a solid 1-2 tandem on their way to a Division II district title. Terrill finished with 788 assists, 270 digs, 202 kills and 72 aces. She was first-team all-district and all-MOAC and second-team all-state. 

Christian Thompson, Fairfield Union 

A junior outside hitter, Thompson collected 590 kills, 360 digs, 48 aces and 48 blocks and was first-team all-state and all-district in Division II, along with first-team all-MSL-Buckeye. The Falcons (20-5) reached a Southeast District final, losing to Marietta 26-24, 25-20, 25-23.

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