The Salem News
---- — 2013 SALEM NEWS VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Bishop Fenwick Senior
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.
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).
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.
Essex Aggie Sophomore
Commonwealth Conference Lower Division all-star ... Was 16 of 18 serving with one ace, 11 kills and two blocks in match vs. Billerica ... Was School Sportsmanship representative and also Team Student-Athlete selection ... Grade point average of 3.54 ... Lists senior teammate Jassiel Abreu as her biggest athletic influence, helping her to become a better all-around player.
Bishop Fenwick Senior
Finished the season with 321 digs, 157 kills, 41 aces and a serving percentage of 93.1 ... Team captain was a Catholic Central League all-star ... Finished with 27 digs in Division 2 North triumph over Melrose ... Had 721 digs for her career to go along with 260 kills and 74 aces ... Terrific 3.87 grade point average ... Wants to study in medical field while continuing volleyball career in college ... Says the influence of her older brothers "pushes me to go above and beyond my work ethic and mental strength."
Right side hitter
All-Conference selection in the NEC was also the Panthers' MVP ... Team captain ... Used 5-foot-9 frame to get to the net with ease and act as a front row presence ... Member of the Pumas Volleyball Club ... Wants to study international business at a 4-year college and continue to play volleyball ... Ranked 53rd in her senior class (3.9 GPA) ... BHS head coach Pam Padovani has always been someone for her to look up to.
Topsfield native was an All-League selection in the Cape Ann League ... In tournament victory over Beverly, she finished with 13 service points (including 3 aces), 5 kills, 2 digs and a block ... Lists her best individual performance against Acton-Boxborough (15 service points, 18 digs, 8 kills and 3 assists) ... Top ranked student in her senior class of 343 students with a 5.1470 GPA.
Northeastern Conference all-star ... Broke Salem High's single-season record for kills in a season ... Uses her height (5-foot-7) to its fullest advantage at the net ... Quick reactions and footwork ... Hopes to continue playing volleyball in college ... Credits her two older sisters, who both played high school and college sports, for being her biggest influences athletically.
Lead Tanners in assists as team finished the regular season a perfect 20-0 ... Had 23 assists in victory over Methuen ... One of the most talented underclassman players on the North Shore ... Already starting to look at schools such as Boston College and the University of North Carolina ... Teammate Carolyn Scacchi is someone she views as an excellent role model and captain.
Captain from Topsfield had 19 digs, three blocks and eight kills in a late October match vs. Lynnfield ... Cape Ann All-League choice ... Three-sport team captain, including swimming and softball ... Also a three-sport CAL all-star ... Topsfield native is ranked 17th in her senior class with 4.83 GPA ... Her father has always been her biggest influence athletically.
Bishop Fenwick Senior
Team captain was superb in dishing the ball off with 659 assists this season ... Had outstanding 93.8 serving average ... Co-MVP of the Catholic Central League and CCL all-star ... Finished with 181 digs, 39 aces and 35 kills ... Had 50 assists vs. Central Catholic ... Led team to 22 wins and Division 2 state semifinals ... Had 1,097 assists in her Fenwick career ... Wants to study occupational therapy in college ... 3.6 grade point average.
Had a season-high of 18 kills in one match vs. Lynn Classical, tying the Witches' school record ... Team captain ... Constant source of momentum and energy on the court ... Ranks 27th in her senior class at Salem High with a 3.8 grade point average ... Hopes to continue her volleyball career in college ... Says mom has always pushed her to believe in herself and reach her goals.
Cape Ann League all-star was always a threat to create offense and score points for the Generals ... Had 12 aces out of 19 serves in one match ... Lists her best individual performance against CAL foe Saugus ... Five-foot-11 standout wants to keep playing volleyball in college ... Constant support from family and friends has helped her become a better player.
Northeastern Conference Player of the Year put up some outstanding numbers this fall ... Had 290 kills, 44 solo blocks (50 total) and 40 aces with a hitting percentage of .421 ... Two-time team MVP ... 3.69 grade point average ... All-star basketball player will attend University of Southern New Hampshire to continue volleyball career ... Final career stats: a Peabody program record 694 kills, 161 blocks, 524 digs and 61 aces.
Finished tournament game against Methuen with 21 kills ... Finished the year for 152 for the No. 1 seed in Division 1 North ... Also had 22 blocks ... Looking to play either college volleyball or basketball ... Looking at Salem State, Curry, Endicott and Southern New Hampshire ... One of Peabody's forces at the net with her 5-foot-11 frame.
Beverly: Bridgit Keaton, Sr. setter; Alexandra Kelliher, Jr. middle blocker.
Salem: Stehapnie Adorno-Martinez, Soph. setter.
Danvers: Shannon Veilleux, Fr. setter; Erin St. Pierre, Soph., hitter.
Peabody: Courtney Bua, Jr.outside hitter; Jillian DiFelice, Sr., libero.
Marblehead: Maeve Daley, Jr. outside hitter.
Swampscott: Gina Asipenko, Jr. outside hitter; Faye Liakopoulos, Sr. setter; Louisy Cim, Sr. outside hitter.
Masconomet: Kate Barry, Sr. right side; Natasha Murray, Sr. outside hitter.
Hamilton-Wenham: Leah Walsh, Sr. libero; Jaclyn Westcott, Jr. outside hitter.
Bishop Fenwick: Gianna Pizzano, Sr., outside hitter; Chandler Wilder, Sr., hitter; Olivia Morsey, Sr., libero; Madison Camelo, Jr., hitter.
North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie: Sabrina Napoli, Jr. setter; Kasey Harris, Jr. outside hitter.
Pingree: Casey Torto, Jr. libero; Haley Sabino, Sr. setter.