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December 5, 2013

Salem News 2013 Volleyball all-star team

2013 SALEM NEWS VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

KATE LIPKA

Bishop Fenwick Senior

Middle hitter

After winning the The Salem News' Volleyball Player of the Year as a junior, Kate Lipka merely went out and had an even better season, both individually and as part of her team, this fall as a senior.

A captain for the Crusaders, she led her squad to a 22-3 record, a Division 2 North championship and a spot in the state semifinals — all program bests.

The 5-foot-8 Peabody native finished the year with 398 kills, a 52.7 kill percentage and .463 hitting percentage. She also had a 94.6 serving percentage. She was the Catholic Central League's co-MVP and league all-star and the Moynihan Lumber Female Student-Athlete of the Month for September. She had 29 kills in one match against Arlington Catholic and 22 more in the Division 2 North final against Melrose.

Over the past two seasons Lipka finished with an amazing 643 kills, 135 blocks, 147 digs and 50 aces to go with a .428 hitting percentage. She also had a kill percentage of 49.3 and a serving percentage of 91.9.

Owner of a 3.5 grade point average, Lipka would like to study broadcast journalism in college while continuing to play volleyball, basketball — or both.

 

GINA ASIPENKO

Swampscott Junior

Outside hitter

Big Blue captain finished the season with 203 kills and 125 aces ... Team MVP ... Northeastern Conference All-Conference selection ... Coaches Award winner ... Feels that she plays her best against the top teams when she can challenge herself against better competition ... Wants to keep playing volleyball in college ... Weighted grade-point average of 101.7 (unweighted is 95).

 

KRISTEN ABBONDANZA

Beverly Senior

Middle hitter

Panther captain was a Northeastern Conference all-star ... Won team's Coaches Award ... A presence in the middle of the court ... Outstanding student with a 4.1 grade point average who is ranked 21st in her senior class ... Wants to major in hospitality at a four-year college while continuing her volleyball career ... Credits head coach Pam Padovani for helping improve her serve and hitting.

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