Traditionally, one of the best collection of volleyball teams in the state, the WaMaC East might be having its best season ever.
Five of the seven squads in the division have accumulated 25 victories this season — it was three teams last season — and four are still alive for state berths.
Not surprisingly, those four teams in the hunt for a state trip — West Delaware, Beckman Catholic, Marion and Mount Vernon, boasting a combined record of 138-33 — dominate the recently announced All-WaMaC East squad, claiming 14 of the 16 spots on the first and second team.
A pair of Central DeWitt players — senior Alyssa Eden and Talbot Kinney — meanwhile, garnered WaMaC recognition for their play.
Eden stepped right in as a setter in the Sabers’ offense and made a big impact.
The senior led Central with 249 assists — an average of nearly three assists per set — including a season-high 23 in the Sabers’ WaMaC East match with Solon.
Eden accounted for seven kills of her own and was a strong defender, finishing third on the team with 154 digs.
Additionally, only two Sabers attempted more serves than Eden’s 168, while her 89.3 serve percentage and 13 aces also ranked among the team’s bests.
Kinney made her presence felt in both the front row and back row.
In fact, the Saber was one of just seven players in the entire East division to have both 100 kills and 200 digs.
Kinney led the Sabers with 122 kills — an average of 1.4 per set — turning over a quarter of her attack attempts into kills and pacing the team with a .155 kill efficiency.
The junior added 284 digs on defense — an average of 3.3 per set, tied for the team lead — and complemented that with nine blocks.
Kinney was extremely efficient at the service line, putting 165 of her 173 serves into play — good for a 95.4 serve rate — and finishing second on the team with 14 aces.