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High school girls volleyball: Marian Central's Nemtuda ESCC Player of Year, Watling Coach of Year

Published: Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 5:07 p.m. CDT
Marian Central’s Sydney Nemtuda (right) spikes the ball against two Rosary defenders Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, during the Class 3A Marian Central Supersectional in Woodstock. Nemtuda was named the East Suburban Catholic Conference Player of the Year. Ken Koontz for Shaw Media

Marian Central senior outside hitter Sydney Nemtuda was named the East Suburban Catholic Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, and Hurricanes coach Laura Watling was named the Coach of the Year.

The Hurricanes (39-1) had four all-conference selections, tied for the most with Benet. Also earning All-ESCC honors for Marian were senior right-side hitter Lauren Hanlon, senior middle blocker Rachel Noonan and senior setter McKayla Wuensch.

Nemtuda earned all-conference honors for the second straight year. Hanlon was the only right-side hitter selected, and Noonan was the only middle blocker. Nemtuda is the all-time leader in kills for the Hurricanes with 995, and Wuensch is the all-time leader in assists with 2,301.

Marian went 7-0 in the ESCC, defeating Benet for the conference championship on the final day of the regular season. The Hurricanes have won 23 straight matches heading into the Class 3A state semifinals Friday in Normal.

In seven-plus seasons at Marian, Watling is 242-79, a.754 winning percentage, going 78-4 since the start of 2015. 

The complete list of all-conference selections can be found here.

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