2022 TIMES-TRIBUNE ALL-REGION BOYS VOLLEYBALL TEAM

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Jun. 19—PLAYER OF THE YEAR

NATE STEENBACK

Abington Heights

Senior, Outside Hitter

Lackawanna League Most Valuable Player. ... Led Abington Heights to its first District 2 Class 3A championship and the Lackawanna League title. ... Led the Comets with 128 kiills, which included a season-high 20 against Elk Lake and 17 against Parkland in the PIAA Class 3A first round. ... Also had 35 serving points with 28 aces. ... Added 15 total blocks, 23 assists, and 64 digs. ... In three years as a starter, he had 331 kills, 82 aces, 168 digs, and 304 assists. ... Second All-Region selection.

CONNOR CRANAGE

Blue Ridge

Sophomore, Outside Hitter

Lackawanna League first-team all-star. ... Led Blue Ridge to the first District 2 Class 2A championship and PIAA postseason win in program history. ... Had 257 kills, including a season-high 23 against Elk Lake, and 70 in five postseason games. ... Also contributed 133 serving points with 35 aces, 48 total blocks and 164 digs. ... In two seasons as a starter, he has 438 kills, 219 serving points, 54 aces, 270 digs. ... Second All-Region selection.

CHRIS U'GLAY

Delaware Valley

Sophomore, Outside Hitter

Led Delaware Valley to the District 2 Class 3A championship match. ... Had 190 kills, which included a season-high 22 against Dallas. ... Also contributed 71 digs, 71 serving points with 29 aces, and eight blocks. ... In two seasons, has 195 kills, 13 blocks, 55 digs, 151 serving points and 63 aces in Wyoming Valley Conference play.

QUENTIN BIRCH

Abington Heights

Senior, Outside Hitter

Lackawanna League first-team all-star. ... Helped Abington Heights to first District 2 Class 3A championship and the Lackawanna League title. ... Had 74 kills, including a season-high 13 in a match against Blue Ridge. ... Also contributed 52 serving points with 37 aces, had 11 total blocks, and 40 digs. ... In the last two seasons, had 86 kills, 43 aces, 38 blocks, 241 assists and 76 digs.

NICO BOSSI

Abington Heights

Junior, Middle Hitter

Lackawanna League first-team all-star. ... Helped Abington Heights to first District 2 Class 3A championship and the Lackawanna League title. ... Had 115 kills, including a season-high 17 in a win over Blue Ridge and had seven against Parkland in PIAA playoffs. ... Also contributed 71 serving points with 39 aces, 31 total blocks and 11 digs. ... In the last two seasons, he has 122 kills and 35 blocks.

JAMES DADEY

Abington Heights

Junior, Libero

Lackawanna League first-team all-star. ... Helped Abington Heights to first District 2 Class 3A championship and the Lackawanna League title. ... In his first season as a starter, had 53 serving points, including a season-high nine against Holy Redeemer, with 19 aces. ... Had 69 digs, including a season-high 10 against North Pocono and Blue Ridge. ... Contributed 11 assists.

CARSON GALLAGHER

Blue Ridge

Sophomore, Setter

Lackawanna League first-team all-star. ... Helped Blue Ridge win first District 2 Class 2A championship and first PIAA postseason game in program history. ... Had 476 assists, including a season-high 37 in a win over Forest City, and 131 in five postseason games. ... Also contributed 78 digs and 181 serving points with 39 assists. ... In two seasons, has 866 assists, 153 digs, and 291 serving points with 50 aces.

DYLAN BEZEK

Forest City

Junior, Middle Hitter

Lackawanna League first-team all-star. ... Helped lead Forest City to the District 2 Class 2A playoffs and a record of 8-6 overall after going 4-8 in 2021. ... Had 66 service points with 32 aces, 308 passes, 125 digs, 164 kills and 92 blocks. ... In his career, has 134 service points with 32 aces. ... Had a season-high 18 kills in a win over Elk Lake and had 13 blocks in a win over Western Wayne.

KEITH SUBLETT

Delaware Valley

Junior, Middle Hitter

Led Delaware Valley to the District 2 Class 3A championship match. ... Had 91 kills, including a season-high 14 against Holy Redeemer, and 23 blocks. ... Also contributed seven digs, five service points and three assists. ... In two seasons, has 97 kills and 24 blocks in Wyoming Valley Conference play.

COACH OF THE YEAR

LORI ZICK

Blue Ridge

Guided Blue Ridge, which starts only one senior, to a second-place finish in the Lackawanna League and the program's first District 2 Class 2A championship and its first win in the PIAA Class 2A playoffs. ... Also guided the Raiders to a win over Holy Redeemer, which was the first for a Lackawanna League team. ... Second boys Coach of the Year award (2017) and has two girls Coach of the Year awards (2014, 2016).

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