Santa Fe’s Stout, Marshall receive Class 4A honors

Santa Fe's Jalyn Stout (7) and Eric Marshall were named the Class 4A player and coach of the year for the second straight season.
Santa Fe's Jalyn Stout (7) and Eric Marshall were named the Class 4A player and coach of the year for the second straight season. (Photos by C.J. Gish)

For the second straight year, Santa Fe (Alachua) setter Jalyn Stout and head coach Eric Marshall have been named the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 4A player and coach of the year, respectively.

Last month the Raiders (30-2) defeated the Academy of the Holy Names (Tampa) in four sets, 25-13, 21-25, 25-12, 25-14, to win the Class 4A state title.

Stout, who was named the 2021 Florida Miss Volleyball as a junior, led Santa Fe to its second straight Class 4A state title with 563 kills, 368 assists, 245 digs, 55 aces and a .433 hitting percentage.

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“I’m so appreciative for this award,” Stout said. “This wouldn’t be possible without my amazing coaches and teammates.”

The senior has signed to play volleyball at Coastal Carolina University.

Allison Cavanaugh of Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville) finished second in the voting for 4A POY. The Crusaders (19-10) lost at Santa Fe in the state semifinals.

Meanwhile, Marshall was recognized as the top coach in 4A for the second straight year.

In five years, he has compiled a 127-30 record, two state titles, and a pair of state runner-up finishes (2018-19).

“There are a lot of coaches that deserve this award, I am very thankful to receive it,” Marshall said. “I have always said this sport takes many people to be successful, I am very appreciative of the Santa Fe coaching staff and athletic department for their support.”

Jaycee Davis of Union County (Lake Butler) finished third in the voting for Class 1A player of the year after leading the Tigers (20-8) to a state semifinal finish.

The Tigers advanced to the final four after going to Monticello and sweeping Aucilla Christian on Nov. 1 in the 1A-Region 3 Final. Their season ended with a 25-17, 25-19, 25-19 loss at Baker.

Stout and Marshall are nominees for the 2022 Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Volleyball and Girls Volleyball Coach of the Year, along with the other first-round winners in each of the seven state classifications.

The final voting will be on Monday. The winners will be announced Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Santa Fe won its second straight Class 4A state championship beating Academy of the Holy Names in four sets on Saturday.
Photo by Taryn Ashby Santa Fe won its second straight Class 4A state championship beating Academy of the Holy Names in four sets on Nov. 12. (Photo by Taryn Ashby)

Here are the finalists for the 2022 Miss Volleyball Award:

Ashley Reynolds, Senior, Setter, Venice, Class 7A Player-of-the-Year

Reynolds helped her team to the Class 7A state title with 674 assists, 160 digs, 45 kills and 48 aces. She will play volleyball at Smith College.

Alyssa Kornegay, Junior, Setter, New Smyrna Beach, Class 6A Player-of-the-Year

Kornegay helped her team to the Class 6A state title with 895 assists, 210 digs, 38 kills and 22 aces.

Lindsay Walch, Senior, Outside Hitter, Jensen Beach, Class 5A Player-of-the-Year

Walch led her team to the Class 5A state title with 368 kills, 143 digs, 37 blocks, 54 assists and a .322 hitting percentage. She has signed to play volleyball at Furman University.

Jalyn Stout, Senior, Setter, Santa Fe, Class 4A Player-of-the-Year

The 2021 Florida Miss Volleyball led her team to its second straight Class 4A state title with 563 kills, 368 assists, 245 digs, 55 aces and a .433 hitting percentage. She has signed to play volleyball at Coastal Carolina University.

Jordyn Byrd, Senior, Outside Hitter, Cardinal Mooney, Class 3A Player-of-the-Year

Byrd helped her squad to the Class 3A regional finals with 571 kills, 206 digs, 52 aces and a .439 hitting percentage. She has signed to play volleyball at the University of Texas.

Breanah Rives, Senior, Outside Hitter, Seacrest Country Day, Class 2A Player-of-the-Year

Repeated as Class 2A Player-of-the-Year after leading her team to its second straight Class 2A state title with 345 kills, 228 digs and a .385 hitting percentage. The Missouri State University signee is the all-time state leader in kills with 2,129.

Caleigh Peddie, Junior, Outside Hitter, Liberty County, Class 1A Player-of-the-Year

Peddie led her team to the Class 1A state title with 373 kills, 196 digs, 70 aces and 59 blocks.

Following are the finalists for the 2022 Girls’ Volleyball Coach of the Year:

Brian Wheatley, Venice, Class 7A Coach-of-the-Year

Wheatley led his team to the Class 7A title with a 22-4 record. In 29 years at Venice he has compiled a 699-198 record with six state titles (1998-2005-2012-2014-2017-2022).

Alvaro Sanchez, New Smyrna Beach, Class 6A Coach-of-the-Year

In his first year as head coach at New Smyrna Beach, Sanchez led his team to the Class 6A state title with a 25-2 record, including a final win over Viera that included scoring the last three points for a 16-14 fifth-set victory.

Mike Sawtelle, Jensen Beach, Class 5A Coach-of-the-Year

Sawtelle led his squad to the Class 5A state title with a 29-3 record. In 19 years at Jensen Beach, he has a 382-128 record with five state titles and four other Final Four appearances. His overall record is 497-180 (115-52 at South Fork).

Eric Marshall, Santa Fe, Class 4A Coach-of-the-Year

Marshall led his squad to its second straight Class 4A state title with a 30-2 record. In five years, he has compiled a 127-30 record with a pair of state runner-up finishes (2018-19).

Wendy Hensley, Clearwater Central Catholic, Class 3A Coach-of-the-Year

Hensley led her squad to the Class 3A state title with a 21-7 record. In two years at CCC she has posted a 31-20 record, and this was the school’s first state volleyball title since 2014.

Jan Class, Seacrest Country Day, Class 2A Coach-of-the-Year

Class led his squad to its second straight Class 2A state title with a 26-4 record. In 10 years at Seacrest, he has compiled a 183-61 record with two state runner-up finishes (2014 and 2016) to go along with three state titles (2013, 2021, 2022).

Jennifer Sewell, Liberty County, Class 1A Coach-of-the-Year

In her 12th year as head coach, Sewell led Liberty County to the Class 1A state title with a 28-2 record, ending Sneads’ streak of nine consecutive titles with a four-set win in the regional finals. Her overall record is 231-78.

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