Following the school’s first-ever state volleyball title, Santa Fe (Alachua) junior setter Jalyn Stout and head coach Eric Marshall have been named the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 4A player and coach of the year, respectively.
Stout helped lead the Raiders (29-3) to the 4A state title by leading the team with 392 kills, along with a team-best 55.8 hitting percentage. She finished second with 393 assists and she also added 236 digs and 33 service aces.
She had 18 kills, 10 assists and four blocks in last month’s state title game sweep against Calvary Christian (Fort Lauderdale).
“It was very unexpected but a pretty amazing way to finish my junior season off,” Stout said. “So many of my teammates really deserve it so for me to receive it is truly something special.”
The third time was the charm for Eric Marshall after a pair of state runner-up finishes in 2018 and 2019.
“Very grateful for the recognition, but I truly believe this is a coaching staff award,” Marshall said. “I could not do it without Nicole (Stout) or Kayla (Hess).”
Stout and Marshall are nominees for the 2021 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. Final voting will be on Wednesday.
Here are the finalists for the 2021 Miss Volleyball Award:
Lily Frierson, Senior, Outside Hitter, Plant, Class 7A Player-of-the-Year
Frierson helped her team to the Class 7A state title with 267 kills, 309 digs, 23 aces and a .335 hitting percentage.
Emma Truluck, Senior, Outside Hitter, Ocala Forest, Class 6A Player-of-the-Year
Truluck posted 486 kills, 279 digs, 54 blocks and a .363 hitting percentage. She has committed to the University of Central Florida.
Alysia Fingall, Junior, Outside Hitter, Mosley, Class 5A Player-of-the-Year
Fingall led her team to the Class 5A state title with 291 kills, 459 digs, 46 blocks, 39 assists and a .399 hitting percentage.
Jalyn Stout, Junior, Setter, Santa Fe, Class 4A Player-of-the-Year
Stout led her team to the Class 4A state title with 392 kills, 393 assists, 236 digs, 33 aces and a .558 hitting percentage.
Taylor Parks, Sophomore, Setter, Clearwater Calvary Christian, Class 3A Player-of-the-Year
Parks led her squad to the Class 3A state title with 1,076 assists, 89 kills, 283 digs and a .324 hitting percentage.
Breanah Rives, Junior, Outside Hitter, Seacrest Country Day, Class 2A Player-of-the-Year
Rives led her team to the Class 2A state title with 490 kills, 196 digs, 27 aces and a .308 hitting percentage.
Taylor-Reese Howell, Senior, Outside Hitter, Sneads, Class 1A Player-of-the-Year
Howell led her team to the Class 1A state title with 524 kills, 265 digs, 30 aces and a .281 hitting percentage.
Following are the finalists for the 2021 Girls Volleyball Coach of the Year:
Sarah Kirkwood Reiss, Plant, Class 7A Coach-of-the-Year
Reiss, who played on three state championship teams at Plant (2001-03) returned to her alma mater this season and led her squad to the Class 7A state championship with a 26-5 record.
Elsa Lopez, Mater Academy, Class 6A Coach-of-the-Year
Lopez led her team to its second straight Class 6A state title with a 26-7 record. In her nine years at Mater Academy, she has compiled a 126-46 record.
Michelle Mask, Mosley, Class 5A Coach-of-the-Year
Mask led her squad to the Class 5A state title with a 23-8 record, the first-ever girls volleyball title for a team from Bay County. In nine years at Mosley, Mask has compiled a 156-93 record.
Eric Marshall, Santa Fe, Class 4A Coach-of-the-Year
Marshall led his squad to the Class 4A state title with a 29-3 record. In four years, he has a 97-28 record with a pair of state runner-up finishes (2018 and 2019). His team was unbeaten in 15 sets while winning the 2021 state title.
Kim Whitney, Clearwater Calvary Christian, Class 3A Coach-of-the-Year
Whitney led her squad to the Class 3A state title with a 28-4 record. In four years at Calvary, she has posted a 90-25 record, and this was the school’s first state volleyball title.
Jan Class, Seacrest Country Day, Class 2A Coach-of-the-Year
Class led his squad to the Class 2A state title with a 26-4 record. In nine years at Seacrest, he has compiled a 173-64 record with two state runner-up finishes (2014 and 2016) to go along with two state titles (2013 and 2021).
Heather Edge, Sneads, Class 1A Coach-of-the-Year
In her fourth year as head coach, Edge led Sneads to its ninth consecutive Class 1A state title with a 21-10 record. Her four-year record is 90-32.